Top 5 Wednesday: Bookish Things I’ve Changed My Mind About!

I don’t know about y’all but I would personally be an incredibly gracious winner of the lottery, so I don’t understand why I haven’t won yet. I mean, it could be in large part due to the fact that I don’t gamble or play the lottery but can’t a girl just catch a break? I’m hitting that mid-week slump pretty hard right now and the week long rainy weather we’re having in Texas ain’t helping. However! For once I don’t have every moment of my weekend planned and I’ll get some good relaxation in and I couldn’t be more thrilled. For now though I wanted to participate in another round of Top 5 Wednesday! This is a weekly meme hosted by a group on Goodreads and is a fun way to explore different topics. This week is bookish things you’ve changed your mind about!

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Reviewing.

I’ve pretty much always been an avid reader, but I didn’t really review anything. I’ve written the loan review or two for a restaurant on yelp, or a product on Amazon but overall I’ve never been one to do much critiquing. However last year I started writing reviews on my GR profile and since starting to it’s become one of my favorite hobbies. It not only led to a few of my other bookish changes, but it led me to blogging which has been a really positive addition to my life!

Reading one book at a time.

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me, coming back from the library.

I was always a one book kind of gal, a serial monogamist when it came to reading if you will. However, once I really picked up the number of books I was reading per month and really changing up the types of books I was reading this drastically changed. I’m getting back into one book at a time coming out of my reading slump but this was a big change because it wasn’t something I could really juggle in the past.

My go-to genres.

As I’ve mentioned 86 million times I really changed things up in regards to what I was reading last year. I’ve always been particularly drawn to fantasy novels, especially those with a romantic sub-plot. After digging myself into a trench a mile deep with reading the same types of books I mixed things up. Since doing so I’ve found that I’m not particularly interested in romance and I really enjoy mystery/thriller novels and contemporary fiction.

Buddy/group reading.

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Other than making a book club with two of my best friends, and the occasional read with my sister I’ve never really done buddy or group reading. That is, until I joined the Traveling Sisters group on Goodreads! This not only opened my eyes to new types of books, ARCs in general and to differing view points about the same book but it completely changed my view of group and buddy reading. I really enjoying seeing books through someone else’s eye and seeing the things someone else has picked up that I might have missed.

ARCs.

I’m not really even sure I knew that ARCs were something widely available before last year. I knew of some of my favorite authors having sign ups for ARCs but I didn’t realize there were sites like NetGalley or Edelweiss where you can browse all different kinds of available advanced copies for download and request. While I’ve definitely read some duds in there I’ve also found some truly phenomenal books. Not only that but I’ve been able to read some pretty big names before their publish date and it always makes me feel pretty #swaggg.


What are some bookish things you’ve changed your mind about? Drop me a note in the comments and let me know!

14 thoughts on “Top 5 Wednesday: Bookish Things I’ve Changed My Mind About!”

  1. Great answers. Genres and TBRs are things that have definitely changed with me to.
    Gemma @ Gemma’s Book Nook

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  2. I’m a Taurus, so I don’t change very much. I will say that I’ve gotten a lot more involved with Goodreads in the past year or so, writing reviews of books and joining groups with like-minded people like me. It’s been pretty nice so far, but I’m still navigating a bit.

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  3. After forced retirement (don’t ask) I work from home, so started a book blog (you know, how you do to avoid working) and changed a lot of how and when I read, also opening myself to a lot more genres. Focusing in on good story lines, strong characters, and found a whole new slew of authors. Though, like you, I also found a load of duds too. 😉

    But the best part of book blogging has been the people I’ve met and get to interact with regularly. That’s the best bonus.

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  4. Great post! I find that reading multiple books at a time actually helps get me out of a reading slump. If I get bored with one, I’ll move on to another that might give me what I’m looking for. Then I’ll come back to the one I took a pause on.

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  5. For me reading lot’s of Indian debut review copies made me enter into a big reading slumps. Main reason 99% all the debuts are of same plot with typical Indian love story a girl meets boy here & later after struggles get married or break up. So now i’m very picky while selecting books on romance

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  6. The biggest bookish change that I have made is allowing myself to use all the channels available out there to read.. so at a given point, I have a book on kindle, on my phone’s kindle app, on my phone’s audible app, a hardcover, a library book(if possible), and my own collection, instead of sticking to just paperbacks that I bought or borrowed from friends earlier 😊

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  7. I actually started blogging because I want to share my opinions of books I read 😀 While it wasn’t necessarily reviewing at the beginning, as time goes I started to enjoy doing it. It still gets hard sometimes, but again, I liked it! 😀

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