Discussion: When Did My Reading Habits Change?
When Did My Reading Habits Change?
Hi guys! I've been thinking about this topic for awhile now, but it basically boils down to the fact that I am not the same reader that I was when I started blogging three years ago. Heck, I'm not even the same reader I was a YEAR ago!
So... what in the world happened to me?
1. I became a distracted reader.
I used to be able to sit down and power through books. Nothing would distract me. It was me and my book and that was it! However, lately while I'm trying to read, I find myself getting up to do other things, mess with my electronic devices, etc. I always feel like I have a million things to do, so I can never just settle in to read. Unless it's the end of the night and I tuck myself into bed. That is when I get my best uninterrupted reading done.
2. I became a mood reader.
I used to be able to power through books. I could read book after book in the same age group or genre. I could pick up anything. Mood was never a factor for me. Until now. I've found myself simply not in the mood for some books and therefore, I won't read them. I'm having this problem with Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson right now. It's not that I don't like the book, because I do. I am definitely intrigued. But I don't want to read it right now. And I don't want to force myself either because I'm afraid that will hinder my enjoyment of the book overall.
3. I'm no longer good at planning out what I'm going to read.
I used to follow my schedule and spreadsheet like a champ. I can be quite OCD at times, so I like following a certain order. I am such a list maker, but I can't just pick and choose off my list, I like to go in order. However, that is also something that doesn't work as well for me anymore. I think it goes back to being a mood reader, so if I make a list of books to read and I'm not in the mood, then the list becomes pointless for me. Also, I don't like feeling pressured to read either. Just knowing that I HAVE to read it over WANTING to read it causes a problem for me. I could love the book. But I have to choose it on my own time.
Thoughts? Are you the same reader you once were or have you noticed things similar to mine have also happened to you?