5 Bookish Things I’ve Changed My Mind About

My bookish habits have gone through a fair amount of change these past few years, largely due to the blogosphere.

Sometime between scrolling through all the book blogs and seeing many similar-themed posts, my brain reached a tipping point and was rewired to think more like the rest of the blogging community (🐑 <— me, a sheep). There were some bookish things that I refused to accept until you all, without meaning to, knocked some sense into me. Here are five bookish things I’ve changed my mind about (thanks to you all 🥂!)

*Top 5 Wednesday (#T5W) is a bookish meme created by Lainey (Gingerreadslainey) in 2013. You can learn more about it by visiting the group’s goodreads page.

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READING CHALLENGES 🐑 🐑 🐑

When I was first new to blogging and saw how many reading challenges are constantly being held, I bit off more than I could chew and signed up for more challenges than I could handle. Especially as a self-proclaimed slow reader (📗🐢 <— me reading), I was really in over my head. It wasn’t until after reading multiple posts where people cried over the same problem and vowed to only commit to challenges they could finish that I finally resigned myself to one challenge per year that I truly care about: my Goodreads reading challenge.

Which I’m behind on HA HA HA 😅😓.

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FANTASY 🐑 🐑 🐑

I did not like fantasy before book blogging. At least, I thought I didn’t.

It’s next to impossible to blog surf without coming across fantasy book reviews, and I found myself becoming increasingly interested in certain titles. After reading the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson at the recommendation ᴏғ ᴇᴠᴇʀʏ ʙʟᴏɢɢᴇʀ (with good reason), I realized that I was depriving myself of a whole genre of awesome stories (for NO good reason).

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DNF 🐑 🐑 🐑

I copied this from Sam at Thoughts on Tomes’ T5W video ✌️.

I never liked to DNF (did not finish) books. It felt like I was quitting a task that I had already invested so much time in. But, that’s the catch. At the end of the day, 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘴 𝘫𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘢 𝘩𝘰𝘣𝘣𝘺. ɪғ ʀᴇᴀᴅɪɴɢ ᴀ ʙᴏᴏᴋ ғᴇᴇʟs ʟɪᴋᴇ ᴀ ᴛᴀsᴋ, ᴡʜᴀᴛ ɪs ᴛʜᴇ ᴘᴏɪɴᴛ ɪɴ ʀᴇᴀᴅɪɴɢ ɪᴛ?

Again, I have book blogs to thank for. DNF is pretty normalized in the book blogging community, so it makes me feel better knowing that others are DNFing when I do decide to lay a book down forever.

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TROPES 🐑 🐑 🐑

I know I said tropes, but I could only think of one right now (😅 whooopsies!).

The enemies to lovers trope. I could not ᶠᴼᴿ ᵀᴴᴱ ᴸᴵᶠᴱ ᴼᶠ ᴹᴱ figure out why someone would fall in love with another some they hate!? Honestly, I sometimes wonder if I’ve really changed my mind on this trope, but I’ve learned that this trope is all about the execution. The blogs I follow have consistently given solid enemies to lovers book recommendations, so it hasn’t bothered me as much lately—I’ve even found myself looking for similar stories!

Oh my god. I just realized. Have I enemied to lovered the enemies to lovers trope 😲?

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AUDIOBOOKS 🐑 🐑 🐑

Before blogging, I thought that audiobooks were only for the hearing impaired. Even when I did learn that many people listened to them regardless of their hearing acuity, I dismissed it as something I would never do because I thought it didn’t count as reading. Hindsight is 20/20 now though, and I’ve realized that I lost A LOT of time to traffic where I could’ve been catching up on my reading challenge (⚫ <— full circle, everyone).


Thanks for reading! Can you relate to any of these? What are some bookish things that you’ve changed your mind about? Let me know 🙂.

6 thoughts on “5 Bookish Things I’ve Changed My Mind About

  1. DNF-ing is still one of the things I struggle with. But it just sounds bette to say you didn’t finish a book but at least tried rather than hate it an waste your time right? And YES to the tropes. You did in fact enemied to lovered the trope

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    1. Right? No bookworm wants to admit that we didn’t finish a book, but it’s just necessary so we can move on with our hobby and lives.
      It’s confirmed then! I’m a real life trope 😂.

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  2. I don’t think I’ll ever stop having just my Goodreads reading challenge on my plate 😂 Too much stuff to do. I would love sometimes to take to a reading challenge or a read a thone, but time and my managing of it aren’t on my side.

    I try to do not DNF because when I review I want to have the whole situation in front of me. There are cases in which I DNF but those are pretty rare.

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    1. That’s so true—my time management is not on my side either 😅.
      I also try not to DNF because of reviews! When I do DNF, I end up just scrapping the review completely because it doesn’t seem fair of me to do. That’s good you don’t DNF often!

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  3. Ahh I love this post! I am not much for reading challenges, aside from the Goodreads one, they’re just too much commitment and stress. I haven’t tried audiobooks just yet, but I really should ahah 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Marie 😁!
      Exactly! Why should we make reading stressful by committing to challenges? Audiobooks took me some time to warm up to, but it’s pretty similar to listening to a podcast or the radio if those are things you already do 🙂.

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