Have your book-tastes changed over the years? More fiction? Less? Books that are darker and more serious? Lighter and more frivolous? Challenging? Easy? How-to books over novels? Mysteries over Romance?
Casee: My book tastes have definitely changed over the years. I still read almost all romance, but I don’t mind if it’s mixed with something else (i.e. fantasy or mystery). One thing that hasn’t changed is that I still love reading the Happily Ever After. I neeeeed that when I read a book. I do have much less patience for stupidity in characters. A book I may have loved 10 years ago may not seem the same if I re-read it now. I also don’t really care for virginal heroines in contemporaries anymore.
Holly: Yes, they’ve changed somewhat over the years. I still read a variety of genre’s, though my primary focus now is romance. I think the biggest change for me is that I’ve realized I don’t have the time, energy or inclination to read something I’m not enjoying. Oh, sure, there are exceptions – like when a book is sooo bad morbid curiosity forces me to finish it – but for the most part I realized my reading time is to be treasured, not wasted on crap.
I’m also a lot pickier about what I’ll read. Where before I’d let things slide (like a heroine who’s TSTL or a plot with holes in it or etc, etc), now I find myself focusing on them, unable to move on. I guess you could say I’m more anal about what I’m reading than I ever used to be.
Rowena: My book tastes have changed over the years, not in the sense that I’ve stopped reading some stuff and have tried other stuff but in the sense that I am a lot more open to trying new genres and what not. When I first started reading a few years back, I only read historical and some contemporaries but then I went through a phase where I read nothing but contemporary but I wouldn’t touch a paranormal or an erotica, these days I’m reading just about everything and even some stuff outside of the romance genre. I just recently read my first mystery novel and I’m reading memoirs and biographies where I used to read nothing but romance. If it wasn’t romance of some kind, I wasn’t interested…I can finally say that I’ve evolved as a reader, I’ll read almost anything now if it’s got a good plot and likable characters. It surprises me how much I’ve grown as a reader because I remember once upon a time being very picky about what I read. Now, I read what I want, when I want and I’m happier for it.
So what about you guys? Have your tastes changed over the years?