Okay, so I know “Changes in My Reading Life” was last week’s prompt, but since this week’s TTT topic is a “Thankful Freebie,” I figured I could still make it work by altering my list to “Changes in My Reading Life that I’m Thankful for”.
Wow, reflecting on all the semi-recent changes to my bookish life was easier than I thought? And kind of refreshing and calming? I didn’t realize my reading had changed so much over the last few years!
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
1. Book Blogging (of course!)
I didn’t start blogging until August 2017 and I cannot imagine my life without participating in the book blogging world now. You all have made me so much more aware of and educated on the book world, and I couldn’t be more grateful. (wow, look at that cheese 😁) Lol, I’ve added way too many books to my TBR because of you guys, but I guess we’ll still call that a plus 😉
2. Goodreads (another given!)
I didn’t have a Goodreads account until my freshman year of college (and I only created one at the encouragement of my roommate). Now, I’m the one always pushing others to make accounts. Goodreads is such an amazing tool–I don’t know how I would keep track of all of the books I’ve read, my bookish thoughts, and my TBR. Not to mention, I quite appreciate the giveaways 👌
3. Online Bookish Friends
It’s so great to find other random booknerds online and to scream or rant about books together. I’d be so alone if it weren’t for all you amazing people!
Thank you Netgalley and Goodreads Giveaways for occasionally granting me access to ARCs! I don’t get approved super often, but when I do, reading and reviewing ARCs makes me feel so cool 😎
(I promise, the rest of this list is more unique)
5. Branching into Different Genres
During my teenage years, I primarily stuck to YA fantasy, but because because of blogging and my college literature classes from the last few years, I’ve started branching into contemporary, historical fiction, romance, Middle-grade, adult books, and more! I still not super well-read in all of these categories, but I’m improving with every book!
6. Exploring Different Book Formats
This is a more recent development, but I’ve begun listening to audiobooks (okay, only 1 so far, but still). I’ve also been getting into graphic novels more and more. In fact, I’m actually doing a portfolio project for my Children’s and YA Lit class involving graphic novels.
Oh, and I can’t forget the webcomics! I’m so obsessed; I read so many, guys…
(someday soon I’ll make a post about it, I promise)
7. Reading More than One Book at a Time
As a kid and teen, I generally stuck to one book at time. But now, out of necessity from my many English classes, I’ve gotten a better handle on juggling many books at the same time. It’s still not my preferred method of reading, but I do find it satisfying when I finish like 3 books within a couple days of each other!
8. Jotting Down Thoughts While I Read
What started as mere note-taking for class books has become a routine in all the books that I read nowadays, whether I’m reading the book for class, for review, or for fun (which is nice, because it gives me the option to write a review for any of the books I read). Though most of my note-taking isn’t very intelligent (a lot of it is just writing “OMG LOL” or “FRICK YES, you go girl”), it definitely helps me collect my thoughts about a book.
9. Founding a Book Club
During my sophomore year of college, my friend and I founded our college’s first official bookclub! This has been my first time participating in a book club and I LOVE IT. Our club is still pretty small, but I’ve made some great IRL friends because of it. It’s so heartwarming to find other students/readers who love the same type of books as you. ❤️
10. Being an English/Creative Writing Major
In case you guys didn’t know: I’m an English (with a Creative Writing emphasis) major! This means I take a bunch of literature and writing classes every semester aka I’m reading and writing all the time (which is quite helpful for my GR Goal tho). I’ve taken so many amazing classes because of my major: Ethnic American YA Lit, Novel Writing, Jane Austen & Pop Culture, Memoir Writing, and Children’s & YA Lit. I’ve never regretted this decision and I’ve benefited from it numerous ways: it’s helped encourage me to branch into new genres, develop new perspectives on literature and writing styles, and allowed me to form meaningful discussions and relationships with my professors. Y’all, I just love being an English major soooooo much.