CBA Disucssions | Changes in Reading Habits

Posted on Friday, August 9, 2013 2:00 AM

If you’ve read my About Me page then you know that Twilight was the series that got me started reading.  After I finished that series and after re-reading it a few times, I went crazy reading every vampire book that I could get my hands on.  I mean, I went through Vampire Academy, House of Night, Morganville Vampires, Vampire Kisses, Vampire Diaries, Black Dagger Brotherhood, Night Huntress, Chicagoland Vampires, Sookie Stackhouse, and I’m sure there are a few more that I’m forgetting.  I was completely obsessed with vampires.  
Looking back, I really don’t know why I didn’t try other paranormal books that first year after I started reading. Maybe it was because I had just started reading and I didn’t know they were out there or maybe I thought since I loved Twilight that I would only like book about vampires. Whatever the reason, it took me a while to actually try something else.

 I wish I could remember the book that got me out of my vampire phase and into other genres and I have racked my brain trying to remember what it was, but for the life of me I just can’t.  I can tell you some of the ones that I read (Mercy Thompson, Fever Series, Hush, Hush) but as far as pinpointing the exact book that got me to branch out, I can’t.  But regardless of what book it was, I am grateful, because if I had stuck JUST to vampires I probably wouldn’t be the reader that I am today, and I would have missed out on some great stories. 
I’m also grateful that I came across Book Blogs and that one day I suddenly decided to start a blog of my own, because blogging has really helped me grow as a reader.  I have had the opportunity to try out different genres that I normally wouldn’t have tried otherwise and because of that I am now pretty good at guessing which books I will like and which books I most likely won’t like.

As a reader, my reading habits have changed so much in the four years since I was forced to read Twilight (Thank you, Amanda!) I’m proud to say that I have branched out to everything from Horror to Contemporary, whether it is YA, NA or Adult, although my favorite is and probably always will be YA.  


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How has your reading habits changed? Did you start out with a specific genre?  Let me know in the comments.   


  1. I used to read mostly "adult" novels, but for the past 8 months or so I've been reading mostly YA. I started off reading dystopian, but then moved to sci-fi, fantasy, and paranormal. Recently I've been branching out a bit and reading some contemporary YA. I'm basically just reading what interests me right now! ~Pam

  2. I started off only reading the "popular" YA book series but now I am definitely branching out into a wide variety of YA genres. I am also reading fewer non YA books these days because I want to be able to contribute to the blog. ~Sheri


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