It feels like it has been ages since I’ve done something other than TBR or wrap-up. I think over the last few months I have lost a little bit of energy and with school and work I tend to forgot to blog. I have plans though, and some ideas that have been forming over the last couple of weeks that I think are going to work out. We are literally in our last full week of school before the holidays and it feels a little surreal to be there. I want to have a couple of posts out this week but I have so much going on with papers, work on the weekends and projects that I might not be able to get to it this week. But onward with this week’s Top Ten Tuesday.
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
How life and my reading has changed over the last year:
- This year has been a whirlwind of change for me and I used to absolutely hate change, but now I’d like to say that I think I am handling it a lot better than I used to. I think I’m starting to realize that some change is good.
- Over the last three months I have come to realize that my anxiety had grown to the point that it had become almost hindering. I’d had a major change over the summer and then jumping right back into the school year with some minor medical issues that eventually got resolved caused me to have three breakdowns just in the first week of school alone. I was also taking 4 classes back to back with one class on my other days which was more overwhelming for me than I thought it would be so after two weeks of school I decided to drop one of the classes and I am now trying out medicine (since then) and seeing a counselor which is definitely helping it. I am in a better place today with the exception of some family stuff going on though I do know that I have a ways to go.
- Since switching to an English major my reading has definitely broadened over the last six months and I am loving it. I have read more classics this year than I have in the past including The sound and the Fury by William Faulkner and Serena by Ron Rash. I have a greater appreciation for some of the stories that we have picked up that I would have otherwise ignored.
- My top favorite genre of all time is Fantasy, but this year I have noticed a complete switch. All of the ones that I have picked up this year have either been 3.5-4 stars. I’m not saying that they were all bad books it just seems like I am not as invested in them as much as I used to be. Yet I still add Brandon Sanderson novels and others to my Goodreads TBR in hopes of getting back into it. lol.
- Since fantasy has taken a back end for me at least I have found that I have really been enjoying sci-fi more than I was. Sci-fi is probably my second go-to genre, but most of the books that I have been surprised by the most have been sci-fi novels. I’ve also gotten into a thriller/horror kick as well.
- I’m definitely a lot more picky about adding books to my TBR than I used to be. I still have some challenges that I am finishing up on Goodreads so I mostly add books that will work with those challenges. It might take me a while to get there, I hope that I will eventually finish them sometime.
- I used to not really focus much on the critical reading, but most of my classes this semester focus on analysis works and it has started to work into the books that I read as well.
- Over the summer I think, I started really watching booktube more than I had been before. I knew that it was there, but I mostly watched YouTube for music and movie reviews/reactions. Now I watch a lot more booktube and have quite a few booktubers that I really like. I definitely wouldn’t have discovered The Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski without booktube.
- Adding on to booktube, it has also given me more confidence to start thinking about my own channel which I plan to talk about in my December TBR post. I just have to get over my camera shyness at least a little bit. I don’t really like watching my self being filmed or listening to myself talk, but I am up for the challenge. Also if anyone has any advice on starting booktube and editing platforms, I would be very grateful.
- As I start to transition into my final year of college (I graduate next December), I am realizing that I am reading less than I used to. May-beginning of August and December-beginning of January are still my best months of the year, but I am a bit behind in my reading goal that I am not entirely sure if I am going to finish it this year. It has caused me to start thinking about my reading goals for next year, but we will have to see how it goes.
So this is my Top Ten post of what has changed in both my reading life and my personal life over the last year or so.
What are some changes that you have noticed over the last year or so?