Thursday, June 05, 2008

Thursday Meme

From Booking Through Thursday:

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?
I would answer a definite yes to this one. I started reading Julie Garwood and Danielle Steele in high school. My reading tastes went along those lines for about eight or nine years. You know. The trashy novels with the Fabio looking guy and the girl with the torn dresses and heaving breasts on the cover? Then I branched out and started reading procedural crime, mysteries, and the like. Now I'm brave enough to read just about anything including the "classics" which I would have found terribly boring not that long ago. I read a Julie Garwood for the first time in quite a few years recently. I thought the story predictable and the writing...simple. I was really disappointed because I used to love her books. I feel a little like I outgrew romances. Okay. I still like Nora Roberts and I always will. It was while I was on a Nora Roberts high that I finally decided my major. If not for her, I'd still be aimlessly taking classes. I also happen to think that her books are a little more complex than the typical romance but I really am biased.

I think it's only natural for reading habits and tastes to evolve. If you keep reading Dr. Seuss and Little Golden Books when you're 30 and there are no kids around, people are going to stare.

15 comments:

  1. I love your last sentence. So true ... my post was about my reading tastes evolving, rather than changing. :)

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  2. Maree~~Thanks! I enjoyed your BTT post as well.

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  3. Indeed they would stare! :-)

    I always feel disappointed when I "outgrow" a favorite author, too -- though it makes sense to me that some books would be friends for life, and some friends for a season.

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  4. That was very funny, the way you said that a 30 year old still reads kids' books although there aren't any kids around! Well, maybe they are 'young at heart', to put it in a nice way. =D

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  5. Are you sure it's Thursday? :)

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  6. I, too, feel disappointed when "outgrowing" an author I've had a love affair with over the years!

    I enjoyed your post very much :)

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  7. I became disappointed after loving John Grisham novels for so long and then they became predictable to me and I just didn't enjoy them anymore. That's when you know its time to move on! Your last remark was TOO FUNNY!!

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  8. Writer2b~~You said it perfectly. :)

    Josette~~Glad I could entertain! Thanks for stopping by.

    Jennifer~~If not, everyone else is just as lost as I am. ;)

    Deb~~Thanks so much for the comment.

    Lisa~~After reading Grisham's latest, I sorta felt the same way even though I didn't want to say it out loud.

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  9. I think I've really branched out of my usual zone within the past several years. the main reason being, creating my blog and seeing what others are reading. From there, I've just enjoyed getting some great recommendations and the web continues to grow. There are a lot of books I probably wouldn't have read otherwise.

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  10. LOL! I've outgrown a few authors too.

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  11. I read a book by a favorite past author not too long ago and was really surprised at the difference in my perception of her work. I've really grown as a reader over the years--in some ways, anyway. I think experiencing other books and authors plays a part in that too. We have much more to compare our old favorites to now, having read so many more books since then. And then just the natural process of evolving tastes and interests.

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  12. Pam~~My blog and others, have def broadened my reading horizons. I keep telling my husband that all my online time has positive aspects, lol.

    Chris~~It's a little sad to leave some authors behind, but it's all a part of growing up I think.

    LF~~I completely agree.

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  13. Late this week but the topic prompted a reflective account

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  14. I haven't read a Danielle Steele in ages either, at least 15 or so years. Now I'm much more partial to techno-thrillers and suspense like Bernard Steele's Death in Small Doses. It's got lots of action and a fast-paced plot to keep me interested and reading, especially when I should be working. :)

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  15. Ruth~~Techno thrillers sound interesting. I haven't really read too much in that genre.

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