How My Reading Tastes Have Changed + How I Read Book Tag

Hello everyone,
Happy Friday! This week dragged for me and I'm so happy that it's finally the weekend.

I've been on a blogging roll this week though, posting my review of True to You by Jennifer Ryan on Monday, my review of Misadventures of a College Girl by Lauren Rowe on Tuesday, my review of Second Chance Cowboy by A.J. Pine on Wednesday, and the cover reveal for Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan yesterday. I have impressed myself! I haven't posted this much in a week since probably when I first started blogging 8 years ago.

So, I want to keep up the momentum and post something today as well to close out the week.

I'm closing the week with the How I Read book tag featuring gifs from You Got Mail. It originated on Booktube, but I can't find the original video (I think I might've been deleted) or I would've tagged the creator here.


How do you find out about new books to read?
Mostly from browsing on Amazon (usually through their "customers who bought this item also bought" feature) and Goodreads (through lists and other users' shelves).

How did you get into reading?
I really got into reading when I was in 3rd grade. My family just moved to the US the latter half of the school year and I was lonely and awkward and felt like I couldn't do anything right. Except for reading. I could read in English even if I can't understand most of what I'm reading, and my teachers constantly praised me for it. So, I kept reading and truly fell in love with it in the 6th grade when I had the most wonderful 6th grade teacher who really fed my growing reading addiction.

How has your taste in books changed as you've gotten older? << I love this question!
It hasn't really changed that much. From high school on, I tend to mostly stick to either YA or romance but here's my reading/genre history in a nutshell:

In elementary I read all of the Babysitter's Club books and anything by Judy Blume, Beverly Cleary, and Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (I was a diehard Alice fan).

In middle school I had my middle grade/YA fantasy phase, which morphed into classics and plays in 8th grade. My favorites were Gone with the Wind, anything by Jane Austen, Anna Karenina, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams.

In high school I discovered romance novels and I read all the historical romances I could get my hands on. Among my faves were Johanna Lindsey, Stephanie Laurens, Jude Garwood, Judith McNaught, Mary Jo Putney, Jude Deveraux, and Mary Balogh.

Then, in college I read mostly literary fiction and memoirs for a while. Then, I got obsessed with paranormal romance (the Black Dagger Brotherhood was my ultimate obsession).

After I graduated from college, I mostly read YA for a long time--mostly contemporary YA. This was when I started book blogging, and soon I got back to reading romance.

Grad school four years ago was a mix of YA, middle grade, and romance novels. But, back then I was a self-pub snob so I didn't touch any self-published books because I thought they were all crap.

Which brings us to now... The last year or so, I've been reading mostly romance with a smattering of  YA and graphic novels, and a tiny bit of middle grade. BUT, the difference with my romance reading is that most of the romances (including new adult) I pick up now are self-published.

How often do you buy books?
One average, I buy about 6-7 physical books and about 8-9 e-books a month in 2016 and 2017. 🙈I've been better this year, but we'll see. 😅😅

How did you get into book blogging?
I just graduated from college back in 2009 and I had quite a bit of time in my hands because I couldn't find a full-time teaching job. This was the time when book blogging was just getting some traction. I love books and blogging will keep me busy and from being too depressed about my job prospects so I thought why not.

How do you react when you don't like the end of a book?
Yell WTF??, log in to Goodreads, and give it probably a 2-star rating.

How often do you take a "sneak peak" at the end of a book to see if there is a happy ending?
All the damn time. There are exceptions, but most of the time spoilers don't ruin my enjoyment. Sometimes I even actively look for spoilers before committing to reading a book.

Who are you going to tag?
YOU reading or skimming this post, consider yourself tagged.

Happy reading,

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