Monday, November 17, 2014

Discussion Question: Reading Phases?

I've definitely gone through different reading phases.  From middle school to high school, I mostly read romance books.  I loved Jackie Collins, Judith Krantz, and Danielle Steel.  I also loved historical romance, like Kathleen E. Woodiwiss.  

After college and before law school, I read mostly legal thrillers.  Just couldn't get enough.  Then I started reading "literary" book club type books, although I would read some mystery too.

And now I'm in a YA phase.  I still read the occasional adult book, but I've been reading mostly YA for over two years.  Within YA, I read basically every genre, although my favorites are dystopian, paranormal, and fantasy.  I also like more light and fluffy contemporary, with the occasional "issue" book if it gets great reviews.

Have you gone through different phases where you mostly read a certain genre?  It makes me wonder what I'll be reading in a few years.  Will I still be reading YA?  (Is YA even a genre?  That's another question, I guess).

Posted by:  Pam


  1. I have pretty much only read YA my whole life, but I have read different genres within YA. I used to be a big contemporary person, never reading fantasy and now the exact opposite is true. When I was younger I also read a lot of adult Christian fiction. So I guess I kind of went through reading phases, but mostly I stick to YA. And since I started blogging, the variety of YA I read has expanded greatly.

  2. Oh yes, I definitely go through phases. Blogging has suddenly put me in a YA phase because I'm mostly finding out about YA novels. I once had a massive phase of reading 'issues' books, like Jodi Picoult and Diane Chamberlain and any other similar books I could find.

  3. I have only ever been reading YA. I'll read the occasionally adult fiction book, but I always come back to YA.

    As for genres within YA, I think I do go through phases. Right now I'm going through a bit of a contemporary phase - where all the books I want to read have no magic, or science fiction, or dystopian elements. But at other times, all I want to read is fantasy. I think it really depends on what kind of mood I am in, really!

  4. I guess I've gone through phases, but not as many as you. Through High School and some of college I read mostly action adventure/historical fiction books like Clive Cussler, Dan Brown and then near the end of college and before I started blogging I read a lot of adult High Fantasy, and now it's been mostly YA but all genres. I am trying to incorporate more adult high fantasy into my reading again and I suppose that some day I'll switch away from YA completely, but I can't see myself getting tired of YA in the forseeable future

  5. I majored in English Lit in college so ALL I read were classics and "literary masterpieces" haha. I haven't read one of those in, like, 2 years. Now I'm all about YA, NA, and Adult romances. Not sure if that will ever change.

  6. This is interesting. I actually have a draft of a similar discussion post where I discuss my changing tastes. Lol. I was all about chick lit when I graduated college. I'll still pick up an occasional book in that genre--especially by a favorite author like Sophie Kinsella or Emily Giffin, but I do mostly read YA now. I do still love a good darker read, though, like The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo or Gone Girl. I also like funny memoirs like Bossypants. Interesting post!