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.
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.
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.
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!