Fae Friday – How My Reading Has Changed

Happy Fae Friday everyone! I finally received some feedback on my thesis, and it’s not all bad! My supervisor and I are going to discuss it on Monday, which leaves me with nothing to do for a whole weekend. Which means more time for blogging and reading!

Fae Friday is hosted by Kristy @ Caffeinated Fae, and you can find all future prompts on her blog! All you gotta do is link back to her page and have fun with the prompt! Don’t forget to use #FaeFriday on your socials, so we can all find each other’s posts! Here is this week’s prompt:changed

“It’s #FaeFriday and time for our weekly prompt. It’s been a tough year and a half which is why the prompt this week is: How has your reading changed since the pandemic?”

This is a good prompt because I’ve never thought about whether my reading has changed or not, but I think I can say it has! Let’s go see how…

The Numbers

I am a very non-stress, non-anxious person, so I didn’t get that feeling of hopelessness until like a year in. To be honest, I was just glad I had an excuse to stay with my parents in the United States for another six months. The alternative would have been being all alone in the Netherlands, and that would be no fun at all. I probably would’ve lost my mind then.

Anyway, I did still have classes, even though they went online (also had to get up at 5 a.m. for them… Time difference, yay…), so I had plenty to keep me busy. That said, I also read a lot during that time. Normally I try to read about 50 books per year. Sometimes I make it, and sometimes I don’t. But it’s always around 50. Last year I read 60 books, which is more than I’ve ever read in a single year. I don’t know how I managed to do that, because strictly speaking, I did not have more free time because of the pandemic. And this year it’s even worse… I’m already at 32 books read, even though I’m also up to my neck in thesis research. Have I become better at time management? Perhaps.

The Genres

Anyway, that’s all just numbers. I am not sure if my reading tastes have changed at all since last year. I’m still trying to diversify my reading, but that’s slow going with hardly an income to buy books and libraries hard to reach. Also our libraries cost money and I never knew that until I tried to get a card. Makes me miss those free ones in the United States…

Anyway. One of my goals this year was to read more adult fantasy and science fiction, and I think so far I’ve been managing well. I’ve been using the recommendations feature on The Story Graph a lot to find new books to add to my TBR. I’ve also started to see the appeal of rom-coms more. So far I’ve only read one, Get a Life, Chloe Brown, but I loved it so much, I want more happy fluffy books!

Lastly, this year in particular I have been rereading a lot. Like, a LOT. So far I’ve reread:

  • The whole Hunger Games trilogy
  • The whole ACOTAR trilogy (no I did not reread ACOFAS
  • House of Earth and Blood
  • The whole Grisha trilogy
  • Six of Crows

  • And I’m currently working my way through Crooked Kingdom. After that you can guess what I’ll read next… King of Scars followed by Rule of Wolves! I’m not sure how I’m suddenly able to reread so much, because normally I hardly ever reread anything. And I even have plans for more rereads… RIP my pile of unread books.

    So my reading hasn’t changed a whole lot. I just read faster, suddenly want happy fluffy books, and developed the ability to reread. Not gonna lie though, I hope these changes stick because I don’t mind reading more than 50 books per year. Has your reading changed at all?

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