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?
Definitely! Not only as I’ve matured and aged (yes I’m a young’un), but just as my interests changed. When I was young I read a lot of mysteries and poetry. I really liked adventures too, such as The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi or The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. Honestly though, when I was in Elementary school and High school even, I read absolutely anything and everything. The library was one of my good friends (in Elementary I was a Library monitor! Geeeek). Of course, the difficulty level of the books changed as I got older.
Then I moved onto Fantasy, and a huge love grew there (already fueled by the gorgeous picture books of my childhood). I kept reading a lot of Fantasy, and started to branch out into other Fiction. I tended to pick a lot of books just on their back cover copy and front cover. If it sounded interesting, was located in the fiction section, I gave it a try. I read countless novels this way, variety of subject matter – from Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice to Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger – and many other long-forgotten titles. I also picked up the occasional Harlequin romance for fun!
More recently I’ve been drawn to historically-based fiction. I’ve read The Book Thief by Markus Zukas, which was based in WWII Germany, Alison Weir’s Innocent Traitor based in Tudor England, and Philippa Gregory’s Tudor Court novels. But I can’t forget the fantasy novels I’m still drawn to as an adult – Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, and more recently, the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind, introduced to me by my boyfriend.
Great question! I really enjoyed that trip down memory lane. And you’re not allowed to give me a bad time about my memory lane being short cause I’m young! *sticks out tongue*