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 🥂!):
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 😅😓.
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).
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.
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 😲?
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).