Let’s talk about anything bookish!
It’s another Monday, Wormies! It’s another Monday and we have another bookish discussion. This time, I am looking into myself for this one!
I have been active on Bookstagram in the last few months and I can’t believe all the books that have been recommended to me! And it is quite astounding that I HAVE NOT READ A LOT OF THESE BOOKS!
What? You say. Haven’t you been reading since you were young?
Yes! Yes, I have! But honestly, I haven’t been reading as extensively as other readers and there are a few reasons why.
No Access to Books
First, it is really important to understand where I grew up. I grew up in a small city in the Philippines and we did not have any bookstores at all! It wasn’t until a used bookstore opened in the late 90s that I had access to all the books. Admittedly, they were not newly published books. I won’t go into a deep dive on this because I have discussed this before on my blog.
I Love to Reread
This one is related to the above reason. Because I didn’t have a lot of books AND I did not have the moolah to buy it, I reread the books I already have. I guess that is why I love rereading until now. But anyway, this gave me only a few instances to read books that are new-to-me.
I’m a Creature of Habit
I am a creature of habit. Heck, Pierre and I only go to our favorite restaurants and we hardly explore! This means that I only read authors I know and the genres that I enjoy. Hence, not really exploring and trying out new authors (that is, until LAST year!).
This basically means that I have a lot of authors to try out! I will name a few very popular authors that I haven’t read before. One of my goals this year is to read at least one book written by these authors!
Do you read extensively?
Have you read any of the books above? Which ones should I read or try first?
Aj @ Read All The Things! says
I haven’t read any of the books on your list, but I didn’t start reading extensively until I was a teenager. I didn’t like reading when I was a kid, and I grew up in a small town with a tiny library and no bookstores. Reading is hard when there aren’t many books around. I was a big rereader, too.
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That’s true! I understand that access to books really influences how big of a reader are you.
Lover of Romance says
I have been reading books since I was about 12. I never really liked it before then because Ijust wanted to go out and play hehe but then I got hooked on reading, mostly Christian romance and then some adventure and suspense and mysteries and then at 16 got hooked into romance and just love it.
I love that romance has made a lot of people read! My first books were fairy tales, of course, so I love fairy tale retellings 🙂
Lisa Mandina (Lisa Loves Literature) says
While I had more access to books growing up, I actually tended to read the same authors, as well as reread them over and over. Once I got into school, and then working part time at a bookstore, and then blogging, my taste in books and trying new authors opened waaaaaaay up. I’ve read a couple of books on your list above. Year Zero was pretty good, might have been my first Nora Roberts though. And I LOVE all things Samantha Young. On Dublin Street hooked me. Love this post!
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That’s amazing, though. I love to reread and I love hearing about other readers who do the same!
Tanya @ Girl Plus Books says
The thought of not having easy access to books kind of hurts my heart. Ouch. Makes me more thankful that I grew up surrounded by public libraries, school libraries and book stores. I tend to stick pretty closely to my genre (contemporary romance) but I do occasionally venture out. And I really want to focus more on re-reading! I re-read a couple favorites in December and loved it so I want to do more of that.
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As someone who did not have access to books, I agree! It was really hard but also, I was quite lucky because my mom was in the US and was able to buy books for me.
I also love rereading, so I’m really glad that a lot of readers love to reread. 🙂
Kaleena @ Reader Voracious says
I love this post so much, and I am glad that you’ve been able to find access to books and start reading is wonderful. I also really enjoy re-reading!
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Thank you, Kaleena! It’s an amazing thing to experience, actually. So I am so thankful that I can now get access to books.
Dani @ Perspective of a Writer says
I haven’t read any of those either Zeee!! I have to say though while I don’t reread often now when I was growing up I would re-read ALL. THE. TIME. I didn’t have the cash or the access to libraries I have now so I would get to go to the small bookstore once a week and get a book or two. And those went fast! ❤️
Yes! I agree that rereading was the way to go especially when you did not have enough cash when you’re a kid to buy books. I used to save my allowance so I could buy books! 🙂
Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction says
I always feel like no matter HOW much I read, I can’t possibly keep up with all of the amazing authors out there. There are definitely a few big names I still haven’t read.
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YES! Same here! I try, but I also know that I just can’t read them all!