If you’re friends with me on Goodreads (you can send me a friend request here), you know that I started reading a book I loved in Grade 7 (I mixed up the grades on Goodreads, but it doesn’t really matter), Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey. (Did anyone else participate in the Red Maple awards that year?) I had just finished Jane Eyre, and recently finished a disappointing paranormal fantasy book, so I thought it was time to revisit it. Sadly, I was incredibly disappointed by it. I remembered how I felt when I first read it /what I should feel reading it, but I felt nothing. I could also see how poorly done the characters were.
I have come to realize how much my tastes have changed. When I was really young, I only read contemporary books. As I grew older, I fell in love with paranormal fantasy. Now, it seems that I prefer high fantasy and the occasional historical fiction or contemporary book. I kind of attribute this change to not being able to write the medium book I had wanted to write for years.
This brings me to the discussion part of this post. Have your tastes in books changed drastically overtime? If you tastes have changed, would/should you go back and read favourites from years ago? I would love to know what you think in the comments. This experience has me hesitant to read books I used to love.
On an unrelated note, I will be in South Africa, likely without internet, from July 31st to August 21st. I have posts scheduled, so please continue to interact with them during this time, but I will likely not be able to respond to comments until I am home. I promise I will get to everyone’s comments by the end of the week of the 21st. If you want to get my reviews early, I will be posting any scheduled reviews on Goodreads as they are written this week.