It’s Jen, and I feel like I haven’t written a good ol’ discussion post on here for awhile (my last one, Remembering What You Read, was one I wrote in the summer and scheduled for the fall). Lately, I’ve just been whipping out review after review, which can definitely become a little dull on a book blog.
Today, I wanted to talk to you all about how my college experience so far has changed my reading habits! Please keep in mind that this is my experience so everyone’s is different.
So what has changed? Obviously, college is an entirely new environment and a new life in general, so it really affected my reading habits because it’s so prevalent in my life.
1. I don’t feel like reading on my e-reader
I have no idea why this change has incurred, but my prior love for my Kindle has dwindled significantly since moving to college. I think it may be tied to the fact that Seattle has so many beautiful bookstores that I frequently visit (like twice a week) that I’m just more drawn to physical books now. It’s so bizarre.
2. my review copies have been neglected
This is tied to #1 since all of my review copies are on my e-reader. This is so awful because over the summer I had requested so many titles from Edelweiss and Netgalley, and they’ve been sadly neglected. I just haven’t been motivated to read those titles.
3. Audiobooks are all the rage
Not like audiobooks weren’t awesome before I started college, but at this point, audiobooks just make sense, honestly. In college, I’m always getting from one place to another: walking to and from classes, commuting on the bus, etc. And don’t forget about working out. It doesn’t sound all that different from what my life was like before, but audiobooks are just a really good way to read books when college life is getting in the way. I have like 5+ titles in my library currently ready to go.
4. i want to read whatever i feel like
Back before I started college, I was totally okay with reading review copy after review copy. In a way, those were the books I wanted to read all the time. But since starting college, I just want to read whatever book I want – most of which aren’t review copies. College limits my time to read, so when I do have the time to read, I want to be reading something I truly want to be reading.
5. Adult/classics have popped up
This is more of an environmental thing, but my surroundings have definitely changed. I’m constantly surrounded by scholarly people now, people I want to impress. With this, I’ve been wanting to read more Adult Fiction/Non-fiction and classics. My heart will always be with YA, but looking at my bookshelf right now, I have 4 adult/classic books, and only 2 YA. Lately I’ve definitely felt the urge to pick up more books that I’ll be able to talk about with my colleagues.
6. I don’t feel like writing reviews anymore
My final change is more of a blogging change rather than a reading-habit change, but I never feel the excitement for writing book reviews anymore. It’s not that I don’t feel like blogging anymore – but book reviews just seem dull now. I’m not sure. This #6 could spur on an entirely new discussion post, but I’m not sure how to remedy this one. If not book reviews, what will my blog become?
So there you have it – how college has changed my reading habits! Luckily, I’m still reading in some way or another every single day, so that’s always a good sign. What do you think? Are these changes normal or completely bizarre?