12 August 2010

Booking Through Thursday: Evolution

Have your reading choices changed over the years? Or pretty much stayed the same? (And yes, from childhood to adulthood we usually read different things, but some people stick to basically the same kind of book their entire lives, so…)

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I feel slightly underqualified to answer, given my age (or lack thereof). But then, I’ve been a book addict long enough to have seen that some things have changed, and some definitely have not.

As a child I read Enid Blyton’s mysteries and Nancy Drew novels, and I am still hooked on whodunits. Cosies, thrillers, historical, contemporary ... if there’s a corpse I’ll read it. I’ve also retained my liking for ghost stories, especially on dark, stormy, power-failure nights....

Over the years my reading has not changed so much as expanded. First I came to love classics, even recently discovering an appreciation for Dickens which I never thought I’d possess. Then I fell in love with history, in both its fictional and non-fiction forms, although I do seem to be reading ever-greater quantities of the latter. I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before I find something else to add to the list.


  1. Anonymous12:12 AM

    It's interesting to see what is the gateway for younger readers into various genres. For mysteries, you've got Nancy Drew, Encyclopedia Brown, etc. Those kinds of books led to Sherlock Holmes, Agatha Christie, etc and those led to other mysteries. I love a good mystery, but I also want the mystery to be a good one and one that I don't guess the ending by half way through.

    Anyway, I find that some of what I read when younger still holds up and are things I want to pass along to my niece and nephew. Other things, I look at again and realize the memory cheats. They were great then, but now, not so much...

  2. I'd be wary of re-reading old favourites for just that reason. Much better to just enjoy the memories than be disappointed and start wondering whether any of my old loves would hold up to adult scrutiny.

  3. I have always read pretty much everything. It can only get better with time and it is...

    Here is my BTT: Evolution post!

  4. My preference didn't so much change, as it did...evolve. Here's My BTT


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