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How I changed as a reader

I’ve been thinking about this topic for quite a while, and I knew I wanted to write a discussion post on it. I’ve always been a bookworm, ever since I knew how to read. I distinctly remember learning how to read during the summer before the first year of elementary school. So books have been a part of my life for a long time, but my habits and the way I approach reading have changed quite a lot.

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Pre-internet

I don’t exactly remember when the internet appeared in my life, I’m really thankful that I grew up in a generation that had a childhood without it. I do recall having a big bulky computer (those old CRT ones) when I was maybe a pre-teen, my older sister and one of my cousins playing The Lion King video game, and me watching them. Those were fun times, haha. I read basically anything and everything, but mostly nonfiction about science (biology, geography, astronomy, etc). I also read children’s books, I adored adventure stories with animals, one of my favourites was the Shiloh trilogy by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor.

2008-2014

In 2008, I discovered Agatha Christie, and the journey of reading all of her books started. In this period my peak year was 2011, when I read loads of Agatha Christie books, the Narnia series, The Lord of the Rings and the Harry Potter series. I had a lot of fun, and I think fondly of my reading in this time span. I mostly read Agatha novels, classics and fantasy.

2015-2016

These two years were the worst reading years of my life so far. University started, and my mental health began to go down, so I didn’t really read.

The blogging years up until 2022

I started blogging in Hungarian in 2017, it was a spur of the moment decision, one of the best decisions of my life, not to be dramatic or anything. I no longer have that blog, ever since this one exists, but I don’t feel sad about it, as some things are in our lives for just a fraction of our existences. It made me happy when I had it, and now this blog makes me happy, and that’s what matters. Until 2019, I mostly read fantasy, I read the Percy Jackson series in 2017! I still can’t believe I only read my first Riordan that late. Then mid-2019, I started branching out, reading more broadly and diversely, thanks to the international bookstagram. I read a great deal of books in 2019-2021, 331 books, to be precise, which is 40% of all the books I read in my life. That’s a load of books! And that’s what leads me to my problems. The fact that I read them to escape, I flew through them quickly, then forgot about them. And mostly it was not the book’s fault, but my own. The motivation behind reading changed in me drastically in those three years, and now I am on my way of bringing back my old reader self. I want to digest what I read, choose wisely, and don’t fret about the FOMO.

2022 so far & looking forward

My aim is to not have goals… I deleted my Goodreads account, don’t care about the number of books I finish a month, and just go with the flow. I’ve mostly been a mood reader all my life, though I definitely tried to make strict monthly tbrs a few years ago. Now, with being more in touch with my instincts, I learnt to just go with what I feel like reading. To not be afraid of putting down a book if it turns out to be not what I expected, and maybe come back to it later when I’m in the mood. But also giving myself the chance to DNF and never return to something, if the writing or the story doesn’t click with me. Nonfictions, historical fictions and classics are what I’d love to read more of this year, as I’m gravitating towards them. It is totally acceptable to have your interests change over the years, I welcome this new part of my reading journey with an open heart.


At first, I included writing about the effects social media had on my reading, but I decided against it, as that’s a topic for another day. I don’t want this post to be extra long, so I’ll talk about it at a different time. I find discussions about this subject to be fascinating, and I always like to give my two cents on it.

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How have you changed as a reader? When did you become a bookworm?

Morgan

16 thoughts on “How I changed as a reader

  1. I love this post! It was great to read more about you this way Morgan 🖤 I only just read the first Percy Jackson last year 🙈 I need to pick up the others! And I know what you mean about going with the flow – the magical readathon and a couple of others over the year are all I make tbrs for anymore. I much prefer going with instinct, as I’m also a mood reader. I’ve started dipping my toe back into bookstagram, but I’m not sure if I want to keep it up to be honest either. I’m too much of a nerd and love stats to delete Goodreads, but I have made a fancy spreadsheet too – so maybe one day! I just like seeing how my reading fluxes and changes over time rather than using it as a goal.

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    1. Thank you so much, Hannah! 💚 I’m glad there’s someone who discovered PJ even later than me. 😂 But at least we discovered it, right?
      Being a mood reader is fun for sure, but sometimes it’s a pain in the butt. 😅 I used to track my reads meticulously (last year I had a really thorough Google Sheets), but this year I realised I wanted to just read, to not care about how much, etc. I still track the book title and the rating, so, in case I’ll want to make a pie chart or something, I’ll be able to. I’m glad you enjoy tracking it, that’s what matters!

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  2. This was a super interesting discussion, Morgan! I’ve always been a mood reader as well, but I like to have structure in the sense that I want to know what I’ve read and when I’ve read it, so I really couldn’t delete my goodreads at this point!! But I do think that it’s a great choice that I’m sure will have plenty of benefits!

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    1. Thank you, Maria! I agree, it’s great to know what you’ve read and when! I still have a Hungarian website to do that. I would love to be able to remember when I’ve read a certain book, but obviously, that’s not gonna happen with this many books we bookworms read. 😂

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  3. This was so interesting to read! I loved seeing your reading journey ❤️ I had a big reading slump during my high school years and when I resurfaced, I read a lot of the hyped books I missed 😄 In recent years I have also been trying to read more broadly and diversely, which has been going great! 🥰

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  4. What an interesting post! Funny enough, I was just watching home movies yesterday from when I was a baby and was shocked at the big, bulky desktop computer in one of the videos lol. The internet has certainly come a long way since then! I can relate to having a reading slump from 2015-2016. I think I got really into social media during this time so I might’ve spent way too much time on the internet than reading. It was a weird period for sure! 2014 was for me, the time of reading cheesy John Green books and popular YA like the Hunger Games. While I still very much enjoy the Hunger Games, I can’t say the same for John Green lol. But, I would say this year with YA fiction really helped to make me into a YA reader and appreciate the genre. I enjoyed reading about your reflection! I think not having goals is super important to not put pressure on yourself. While I still have a Goodreads, I think the app could be improved a lot, so I definitely see reasons for deleting it.

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    1. Thank you!
      Technology has improved so much in such a short period of time, it’s unbelievable.
      It’s easy to get swept up in social media or any new tech thing when it appears! It’s built to be addictive.
      Haha, I also had my John Green and Hunger Games era! 😂 Hunger Games was really popular in my high school, and I first didn’t want to read it, but I gave in the hype, and read it.
      I used to have the Goodreads app a few years ago, but deleted it after a few weeks, I can’t believe they still haven’t made improvements! Thanks for reading!

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  5. This was such a fun post! I’ve always been a reader as well, but somehow in high school I became a Book Snob Who Only Read Books of Significant Literary Merit. Thinking back on Past Me, who was like this for like literally 15 years, I was insufferable and I’m so thankful required reading my senior year included Slaughterouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut. That led me to read all of his novels and slowly moved me into the sci-fi space. Once I started book blogging, my reading habits and preferences really expanded!

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    1. Thank you!
      Haha, I think we all have to go through a weird bookish period. 😄
      I’m also grateful for the bookish blogging community, it’s so easy to get recommendations, and to have our reading taste get expanded!
      I’ve yet to read any Vonnegut! What book of his would you recommend to someone who’s not the biggest sci-fi reader?

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      1. Oh gosh, I think that largely depends on your preferences within sci-fi! I have the biggest soft spot for Sirens of Titan, which deals with space and concepts of time. That and Slaughterhouse-Five are probably the most “hard sci-fi”. Mother Night also stands out in my mind — morality is at its center, particularly in times of war. The central character was an American Spy during WWII but is being tried as a war criminal. Most of his work toe the line between literary fiction and genre fiction and all speak to the world and offer critique.

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