when i first began this blog, i was an AVID YA READER with all my heart. i went through the phases. dystopian and its big hits like the hunger games, divergent, the selection; contemporaries like anna and the fresh kiss, fangirl, and the perks of being a wallflower. just seeing the covers and titles transport me to a different time and place.
somewhere along the way, i began to gravitate from my love for YA and reading as a whole. my interests began to go elsewhere. sorta. it turned into a very long slump. i didn’t know what i wanted to read; i didn’t have the motivation to blog; i didn’t know what i was doing.
at first i was worried i would no longer care for books, but i know that’ll never be true. stories will always have a special place in my heart.
change is inevitable. it’s what keeps me going. my nightmare is that episode of spongebob where squidward does the same thing over and over again. i CAN’T.
i feel like this is true for a lot of other book bloggers as well (at least the ones i know). as we grow older, we move on to other genres or fall out of reading completely. i still read YA literature, but i definitely don’t read the same as i used to. i used to binge read a series within a span of days and i honestly can’t remember the last time that happened.
even though i don’t read as much YA anymore, it’s the genre that shaped me into the reader i am today.
at this point, this feels like a breakup letter to YA. but it’s not!!! i still love YA!! and i love the way YA publishing has changed!!! there’re so many more diverse books releasing now than when i was OBSESSED with YA. but… i also love literary fiction and graphic novels and essays and non-fiction and so much more. and the main problem: i don’t read as consistently as i did before.
sometimes, i feel like a fraud with my digital spaces. i know it’s normal to change interests, but do you know? i have a book blog and talk about books on the internet, but i also don’t… really… read?? i do, but not as much as i used to so it feels like i don’t. but i still read more than the average person so that counts for something, right?
i’m honestly unsure what the point of this post is. pretty much: i don’t read as much! i read other genres now! change is inevitable! fun!!