[LET’S CHAT] How Have Your Reading Tastes Changed Over The Years?

 It’s so funny how things can change.

I’m currently in my junior year of high school, so, technically, my life has barely begun (even though it feels like forever, damn it), but I know that my tastes have definitely changed over the years, regarding what genres I enjoy, what books I read, and which authors are my favorites!
I know I’ve changed a ton over the years even though I’m pretty young; the things I loved and hated in middle school confuse me as a teenager, and I’m sure I’ll look back at the things I’m doing now and wonder, “What the heck was I doing?”
(But hopefully not, because this is clearly the best part of my life OBVIOUSLY.)
 So, I thought it’d be fun to take a journey through time over all the books I’ve read, from elementary school, all the way to where I am now, high school!

So, when I was younger, I was a huge bookworm.

I would go to the library every Saturday and check out books, then get through probably two of them because I wasn’t a fast reader back then. I was born in 2000, so the books I read when I was younger are probably not the same for you guys (I know I have teens who read my blog, but most of you guys seem to be adults), but here were some of the series that were a huge part of my childhood:
Also, when I was younger Diary of a Wimpy Kid was first published and became really popular! My brother read the books before me, but I ended up borrowing the books from him and falling in love with the series.
This launched me into a whole obsession with books in a diary-themed format that had pictures integrated along with words. I guess you could say this was how I first got obsessed with books in special formats?

When I was in the fourth grade, that’s when Percy Jackson came along.

My brother and I were on a summer track team, and the track meets lasted all day long on the weekends, so it was a lot of waiting along and nothing to do. I didn’t have anything to read, so I went to my brother’s room and went through all of his books (my mom often bought my brother – who hates reading – books to get him to read, and he’d end up never reading them and just shoving them in his shelf).
I actually did pick up and consider Harry Potter, but read the first page and was bored (THE HORROR), then picked up Percy Jackson, looked at the chapter titles, and decided to bring it with me to read. I ended up falling in love with the book, and begging my mom to buy me the second one right away. And with that, I fell in love with Rick Riordan’s books.

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When I was in fifth grade, that’s when my reading life changed forever.

I was part of a volleyball league, and my teammates were kind enough to give me birthday presents to celebrate. One of my teammates gave me a copy of The Hunger Games. This was around the time when the series was becoming really popular and there were rumors that a movie was being made, so I was ecstatic to have it! Of course, I ended up loving the book and buying the rest of the series with one of the Barnes & Noble gift cards I received for my birthday!
This was the first YA book I’d ever read, and the first time I ventured into the YA section of Barnes & Noble as well, and, obviously, now I mostly read YA.

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In middle school, I started reading much more YA, and finally dived into reading some of the big YA series.

I read the entire Harry Potter series the summer before sixth grade, and, of course, it’s one of my favorite series of all time. I definitely read it way later than pretty much everyone else, but it was totally worth it! I also started catching up with The Mortal Instruments series, read the Divergent trilogy, read Under the Never Sky, and realized that there was a sequel series to Percy Jackson called The Heroes of Olympus and devoured the first four books like a maniac. I also attempted to read The Maze Runner, but didn’t like it at the time (I ended up reading it a couple years later and loving it though. Younger Me had terrible taste).

In seventh grade, I started reading a lot of contemporary.

I’m sure most of you guys find that hilarious or confusing since I don’t like contemporary much anymore, but I was a romance junkie when I was younger, if that explains it! I wanted to be a wedding planner, I would flip through an ENTIRE BOOK to find the part where they kissed and read it over and over again, I wanted to date SO BAD (not so much anymore, obviously). I first read The Fault in Our Stars because the movie was coming out soon, and I loved it and ended up reading all of John Green’s books. I read An Abundance of Katherines, then Paper Towns, and then Looking For Alaska (which ended up being my favorite). Basically, he was the guy to get me into contemporary. After reading Will Grayson, Will Grayson, I started reading more of David Levithan’s work (I’m still catching up to this day!). I also read two of my favorite books in the world – Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe and Before I Fall. I also remember reading Amy Zhang’s Falling Into Place at that time which I also really enjoyed!

I also got really involved with Goodreads at this time, and with that came with me catching up on a lot of popular series that I’d missed out on over the years!

Some I ended up falling in love with, and some that I didn’t really like too much! I’ve talked about most of these in various different posts, so I’m just going to leave pictures of the covers for some of the ones I read instead of talking about them in depth.

I’m still in high school at the moment, but so many changes happened in the last two years!

I started reading and fell in love with all of Sarah J. Maas’s books, which is a huge part of me nowadays, and I also got back into Cassandra Clare’s series after reading The Infernal Devices and Lady Midnight.
It had been a long time since I’d read a Cassandra Clare book, BUT THERE IS NO STOPPING ME.

Last summer, I started getting into thrillers!

The first one I read I don’t even remember the name of; I actually chose it because it was one of the Amazon Kindle First books, and it was the one that interested me the most. I ended up reading the whole thing in a day, and even though it wasn’t the best thriller I read, it got me started.
I read and fell in love with a lot of my thriller favorites over that time period, and it’s changed me for the better, and here are some of my favorites!

Over the month of October, for Halloween, I thought it’d be fun to read a lot of horror novels over the month, and I ended up falling in love with horror as well!

This got me started into a trajectory of loving creepy things and unsolved mysteries, and now I’ve found even more obsessions to be involved with. It’s honestly been a huge change for me as a person, and I’m totally different about it than I was this time last year.

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Basically, nowadays, my tastes are all over the place. I will say, thrillers and horrors are my sweet spot right now, and, funnily enough, contemporaries are now my least favorite genre, which I probably owe to the fact that I care way less about romance in books than I used to in elementary and middle school. 

And that’s the rollercoaster of my reading tastes over the years!

Hopefully, that was fun for you guys to read because I know it was fun to write, especially with all the nostalgia that hit me thinking of all the books I read as a kid that got me involved with my love of reading now! I think it’s completely healthy and awesome for your tastes to change over the years, and it always makes for a fun ride to look back on.

How have your reading tastes changed over the years? Tell me all about it!

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59 thoughts on “[LET’S CHAT] How Have Your Reading Tastes Changed Over The Years?

  1. LOVING THE NEW DESIGN

    OMGGG I JUST GET THIS POST SO BAD. I USED TO LOVE JUDY MOODY! OMG OMG OMG SOMEONE WHO READ DIARY OF A WIMPY KID TOO! I LOVED THE BOOKS AND MOVIES FOR THEM THEY WERE GREATTTTT! I AM TEEN BUT I RELATE SO HARD TO YOUR CHILDHOOD ONES.

    ahem

    I used to be ALL LIKE YAY CONTEMPORARIES and romance but now I am like GIMME THE DARK FANTASIES. i still haven’t fallen in love thrillers or horrors yet, but I’ve definitely gravitated towards fantasy now instead of contemporary. My reading tastes HAVE CHANGED.

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  2. I’ve been reading for years now, but obviously, when I was 10 I was into completely different books, but I always enjoyed a story with some mystery in it. I surpassed reading YA which is why I can never get the appeal of it. 5 years ago, when I was 14, I was reading Gone Girl, 4 years ago I was reading Lolita and The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson, so in my “prime” teen years I was reading the same sort of stuff that I like reading now! My reading taste has grown to appreciate Literary Fiction now, but other than that, I haven’t really changed!

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  3. Great new design, girl! It looks great.
    My reading taste changed a ton over the years! I think the biggest jump was between the ages of 18 and 24 for me. When I was 18, I read a lot of YA fiction still. I loved the typical teen romance novels or series like Gossip Girl. Then, when I started University I started reading TONS of classics since I was an English Literature major. On the side, I read Twilight and super chick lit like Emily Giffin and the Shopaholic series. However, as I came closer to finish University I struggled to read at all because (even though I know now there are TONS of adults that read YA) I wanted to feel more grown up but couldn’t find any “adult” fiction I liked. Which, looking back now, is ridiculous!! I went through a three year period where I didn’t read AT ALL as I settled into teaching full time and moving away from home for my job. Finally, when I came home, I borrowed a book from my aunt and never looked back. Now I read mostly thrillers but I dabble in a bit of everything. It is crazy how things change!

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  4. First of all – loving your new blog design!! 😍😍❀πŸ”₯πŸ‘Œ We never knew we loved the colour purple so much!!πŸ˜€πŸ˜‚

    Something we are annoyed about is that we weren’t much of a bookworm when we were younger – but we did read here and there! That’s when we started Rick Riordans books!! They are simply fast paced and undeniably FUNNY!! πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘Œ

    SJMAAS and Cassie Clare (and obviously Rick Riordan πŸ˜‰) are so (a few ofπŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜…) our favourites!!

    Loving your posts as always and GOURGOUS BLOG DESIGN!!😍😍πŸ”₯❀❀❀❀❀

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    • THANK YOU SO MUCH! Same; I wasn’t even planning on the purple, BUT IT IS HERE! πŸ˜‚

      Oh, yeah, I’ve been a bookworm since I was young. Always a voracious reader! Rick Riordan would be a great start; I think that was the first time I entered a fandom! πŸ˜„

      Thank you so much! 😘

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  5. I remember falling in love with the Percy Jackson books when I was 12 ❀ I’ve read book 2, which is my favourite in the series, at least 10 times, cause back then I was obsessed with re-reading!
    Hahaha The Hunger Games was my entry point to YA and the bookish community as well πŸ˜… And then I read all of John Green’s books, which got me out of contemporaries because I hated them πŸ˜‚
    It’s weird that we read the same books even tho I’m turning 20 this year! πŸ˜€

    My reading taste has definitely changed a lot as well. It’s still all over the place, but I mostly read adult fiction, non-fiction, and poetry now. I also still like genre fiction and the occasional YA πŸ˜›

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    • Ah, I’ve never been obsessed with re-reading! I always need to move on to something new; I attempted to re-read Harry Potter and ditched it for new books once I bought them. πŸ˜‚ Aw, no, I love John Green (except Abundance of Katherines; that one wasn’t that good), but The Hunger Games was definitely a classic! I find it so cool that we can overlap, since books are something that can be read at any age, no matter what.

      I need to read more non-fic! I’ve loved what I’ve read of it and need to read more! πŸ™ˆ

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      • I don’t really re-read anymore, which is kind of a shame because I used to love it so much!

        Non-fiction has definitely turned into one of my favourite genres! There are so many fascinating books out there 😍

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  6. And they will continue to change. So many thing including your age influence your tastes. Life experience is another. You know how after a break up there certain songs you just can’t listen to? It’s the same with book genres. I read a lot of horror and sci-fi during my divorce because anything else was intolerable. πŸ™„

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  7. I used to be more faddy in my reading when I was younger (all I read for a couple of years in my teens for example was horror) but now I think I read a lot more widely and tend to alternate genres.

    I’ve always been someone who picks books at random based on an interesting cover or premise so my love for taking reading risks and venturing away from the mainstream hasn’t changed.

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    • I wonder if I do the same thing! I haven’t been reading lately, but when I do, it’s really all over the place, especially since I usually read ARCs now, and I have those in all genres!

      Yeah, nine times out of a ten, I pick a book based off of its premise! It has both its positives and negatives, but I’ve loved it as a method! πŸ˜„

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  8. I love the new design, it looks great!
    I think The Fault in Our Stars was the book that introduced me to YA. A friend of mine recommended it to me and I really enjoyed it, so I went looking for similar books.

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  9. I’ve been through a lot when it comes to reading, because there was a time in my life where I didn’t pick up anything, so I can’t really talk about that.
    But my tastes have definitely change. There are books I adored when I was younger that now I feel pretty “meh” about, and others I wouldn’t even consider reading and I love now. It’s a great experience, though, to think about it.
    But yeah, our reading tastes are constantly changingπŸ˜….
    PS: LOVE your new blog designπŸ’•.

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    • Oh, yeah, I took a huge reading break in between seventh and eighth grade. I just got busy and wasn’t in the mood for it, then got back into! Haha, most of the books I don’t really have negative thoughts about; they just aren’t written for me anymore. I’ve always wondered if when I’m an adult, I’ll wonder why I like the books I do now, but hopefully now! πŸ˜‚

      Thank you! 😘

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  10. Hey we were born in the same year! I love every single book you read in elementary school! I was a bit of an everything reader then, but I had forgotten a lot of the names of them. But Judy Moody and Magic Tree House and Cam Jansen!! And omg, someone else who read the Dork Diaries as well! They weren’t as good as Diary of a Wimpy Kid but I still read them. And of course Percy Jackson. I remember it was a huge deal to me because I borrowed the third book from my crush πŸ˜‚I read every single one of Rick Riordan’s series after that. But I think elementary school I also liked historical fiction soAnne of Green Gables, Little House on the Prairie, and Dear America. In middle school my tastes did a complete 180 and I started being very interested in romance? I think I accidentally ventured into the NA Romance without even noticing. But for all of middle school and up until I started my blog I basically read only Ya and NA Romance, with the occasional dystopian thrown in. Now I’ve widened my horizons to all of contemporary, and science fiction, actually, and fantasy. I get a little bored of dystopian sometimes but I still read it. And I’m getting back into those historical retelling books like My Lady Jane.

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    • Ah, that’s awesome; I didn’t know we were the same age! πŸ˜„ Yes, the Dork Diaries were my obsession! I loved them so much; I can’t believe both series have gone on for SO LONG. Like, I read Diary of a Wimpy Kid when I was in the third grade, and now I’m in eleventh, so that’s crazy! 😱

      Haha, I ended up getting into fanfiction in middle school, which is basically romance??? πŸ˜‚ All the ships I ship now come from middle school. I still read fanfiction now, so nothing has changed!

      I haven’t gotten tired of dystopian! I think it’s mainly because I didn’t read much of it, and it’s been spread out. And I love sci-fi, so that probably plays a part. πŸ˜‚

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  11. I never really got into reading until 7th grade when I started reading The Hunger Games. That lead me to reading a lot of YA Dystopian but not really branching out much. It wasn’t until recent years that I really started branching out and reading different genres. I still mostly read YA, but now I don’t really have any genres that are an automatic nope for me.

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    • Yes, dystopian was definitely all the rage at the time! I was still pretty late to the dystopian game, and I’m glad I was since I didn’t have to read a bunch of meh dystopian books. πŸ˜‚ Ah, that’s great! I have genres I don’t really prefer reading from, but I still have some favorites in all genres (except classics lol).

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      • Yeah looking back I did waste some time/money on mediocre dystopian novels XD Yeah I do still have my preferred genres but I go through phases depending on what I’m in the mood for. Sometimes I’ll want more fantasy but other times I’m more interested in a contemporary

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  12. HELLO I HAVEN’T BEEN ON THIS BLOG VERY OFTEN AND I’M SORRY I LOVE YOUR POSTS ❀

    This post was too #relatable and I agree! My reading tastes have definitely changed a lot more, and I also had a contemporary phase, hehe.

    AND WE READ BASICALLY THE SAME BOOKS WHEN WE WERE YOUNGER! I was soooo obsessed with all of those diary books and then I had a guilty pleasure for those "Clique" books and "A-List" middle-schoolers who are famous or something haha.

    (I LOVE YOUR NEW DESIGN <3)

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    • THAT’S TOTALLY FINE JULIANNA DON’T FEEL BAD! 😘

      Oh, man, I heard of the Clique books! I never read them, but I totally remember them! There are so many childhood books I could have mentioned; I loved the Baby Sitter’s Club graphic novels, Smile by Raina Telgemeir (I butchered that lol), and the Mallory books (which are still going on, I think)! πŸ˜‚

      THANK YOU! 😍 I worked so hard on it and I’m finally satisfied! πŸ˜…

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      • GAHHHHH I NEED TO KEEP UP WITH YOUR FABULOUS POSTS THOUGH! I will probably binge them sometime soon. (I remember back to times after school when I’d walk home and just binge your posts, when I first discovered you. THAT’S WEIRD I’M STOPPING NOW)

        Ahhhhh the Clique books. I remember reading them and being like “whoa I can’t wait for middle school. I’m going to be SO COOL.” but now I’m like MIDDLE SCHOOL IS SO NOT LIKE THAT WHATTT MY CHILDHOOD WAS BUILT ON LIES.

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      • Aw, thank you! ❀️ Why does it make me so happy that you do that????

        Oh man, I felt that way about high school! I read so many YA books about high school, and then it came and I was like…”Yeah, this sucks; this is nothing like the books.” πŸ˜‚

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  13. Hi Mikaela!
    Love this post! It is interesting to read about how your tastes have changed over the years! When I was a teen, I read a lot of adult fiction. Now that I am in my twenties, I am reading mostly YA. It’s weird, I know πŸ™‚ I think it’s because when I was younger, I was eager to grow up. Now that I am “grown up”, I miss being a teenager haha… (adulting is not fun)

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  14. Awww, this was neat walk down memory lane. Elementary school was all about fairy tales and Encyclopedia Brown. Middle school I upped my game to Nancy Drew. Little House, and a bunch of well known classics. High school had a lot of required reading and I went from my contemporary romances, to nothing outside of class. College was my reading dark ages – only textbooks. I read a lot of literary fiction when my daughter was young, then I started reading all her YA books. Now I read a mix, but I would say, I like my stuff fluffier now.

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  15. I loved the Magic Tree House books and Geronimo Stilton! I also really enjoyed the Hunger Games, and the more recent YA books. I’ve just discovered contemporary. My favorites are always historical fiction, but I’ve definitely learned to enjoy a lot of different genres.

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  16. OMGGGG we had such similar bookworm lives! I was definitely into the Cam Jansen series, plus Junie B. Jones and the Rainbow Magic Fairies. πŸ˜‚ And omg YES I started reading PJO in fourth grade as well!! And then I read the HP series the summer before sixth grade too ahahaha. Yeah, I started getting into YA in fifth grade and sixth grade, but it didn’t really become a HUGE thing till seventh grade! Agh, so many memories. ❀ Great post!

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  17. Awesome topic! I was a huge reader in Elementary school. I also loved Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Magic Treehouse, Geronimo Stilton, etc. Then my teachers started trying to force me to read even though I was reading already, so I stopped because I was a rebel like that. I basically didn’t read again until 9th grade, when I started picking up a lot of contemporary romances. Then I went through my first break up and I’ve been seriously over contemporary romance ever since. I still like contemporaries now, but contemporaries that have little to no romance. I also like fantasy, sci fi, and anything WWII. I’m also getting into horror and thrillers.

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    • Yeah, I had a reading break, too, mainly because I just didn’t have the time! I got into TV for the first time that year, and it sort of took over. πŸ˜‚ Oh, that’s interesting that that break-up ruined contemporary for you forever! I’m very choosy with my contemporary these days! πŸ˜… Ah, horrors and thrillers and sci-do are great! ❀

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  18. I don’t fall in category of reading since childhood so i can’t say it changed. Right now I’m in “trying everything” phase. But of course I love Mythology, YA, Fantasy, Mystery and Thriller. It won’t change this ever. πŸ™‚
    Cool post by the way. I want to read Wimpy kid. As I missed all childhood books I guess I will buy all of them when I have my own kids and of course I will be reading them more than my kids. πŸ˜€

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  19. I read Percy Jackson way before Harry Potter too! In elementary school, I also adored the Magic Tree House books, and The Hunger Games was one of the first YA books I read! I relate to your post a lot, and I am definitely going to add some of the thrillers you mentioned to my TBR!

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  20. Haha I’m the exact opposite: when I was younger I absolutely hated romance and now I love it πŸ˜‚ Though I don’t like it when a book solely focusses on romance, it needs other aspects as well, but I’m still a sucker for a good ship πŸ˜› I’ve only read one Geronimo Stilton book (I sucked at reading series when I was younger) but it still has a special place in my heart πŸ™‚

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  21. OMG the Selection series is literally what made me fall in love with reading! I’m serious. I loved those books. They will always have a special place in my heart! But that was more freshman year, now I’m hard core addicted to the Court of Thorns and Roses series (literally my favorite series of all time, sorry the Selection but its true) I went from liking fluffy princess like books to being majorly obsessed with gritty fantasy and paranormal romance books! Just discovered your blog and Im already loving it πŸ™‚

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  22. My reading tastes haven’t changed that much but they have improved! Omg my childhood series was Junie B. Jones, Dork Diaries, Dear Dumb Diary, and the Amelia Earhart series! I also read The Clique when I was younger! I loved doing that! I was always into mysteries since I watched mystery and crime shows with my dad. I didn’t really have a gateway to YA. My dad was just like β€œYou are 13 now and you read books fast. You should get some books for your age.” And here I am. I will say that now I’m more open to fantasy and other genres as before I was just contemporaries and mysteries. Also, I was huge fan of chick lit and romance and now I stray away from it. Well I still love contemporaries but I hate just having romance in a book and that’s it. But I’m still trying out more genres but so far my favorite are contemporaries. Also I’m still going to be reading my Dork Diaries books forever.

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    • Ah, we share some of the same ones! Junie B. Jones was my childhood along with Judy Moody and The Magic Tree House! Dork Diaries and Dear Dumb Diary were some of my faves in my preteen years! I kind of miss them. πŸ˜‚

      I also think I’ve expanded my genres as well! I tend to just pick up books based off synopsis’ now. And, yeah, I rarely read books that are just romance. Some I’ve really enjoyed, but now I only read a few every year! 😬

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      • I will probably catch up on Dork Diaries as a throwback because they were so good to me. Also, expanding my genres was the best thing that has ever happened to me.

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