This meme was created for YA Midnight Reads as a discussion post of all things bookish.
Hey guys! Today it’s Celine, because Mel is at a school camp and I love doing discussion posts, even though I suck at coming up with topics. Recently I’ve been thinking about how much my reading habits have changed, so I decided to discuss this with all of you! I do find that reviewing and blogging have changed the way I read quite a lot.
To be honest: before I was a reviewer/blogger, I was not a critical reader at all. My only demands of a book were a) that it wasn’t too boring, b) that it wasn’t too confusing, and c) that it wasn’t too ridiculous. I didn’t mind instant love and bland characters and the writing style at all, simply because I’d never really thought about it. I just read, and that was enough for me. Things started changing when I got into reading in English. I discovered Goodreads and I discovered reviewing. That’s when I really started to think about things. That’s when I started to read critically.
Since I first started blogging, I’ve become a lot more nitpicky for sure. I’m most definitely bothered by an underdeveloped romance when I wasn’t before. I really dislike it when female characters are weak and only there to look pretty. I’ve grown absolutely sick of unnecessary love triangles, and stalkers and abusive males can leave sooner rather than later. There are so many things that can bother or annoy me, when they didn’t before. With reading critically comes a lot of disappointment. But am I sorry that I discovered reviewing and blogging and became far less easier to please?
No. Not at all. Because while I dislike a lot more books now than I would have done back then, I can enjoy the good ones more. Before, I would like nearly everything, but apart from the Harry Potter books, there were no books that I loved so much that I wouldn’t shut up about them. There were no books that made me smile just thinking about them. There were no books that really made me marvel at the skills the author displayed. Nothing truly set my heart on fire.
Because there’s this other side of critical reading: the wonder, and the appreciation, and the amazement. Because knowing that there is so much you dislike, that it’s so difficult to write a book that has it all, means that loving a book feels that much better. I now read books that make me do a silly little happy dance because they’re so unbelievably perfect. I can lay awake at night thinking about that one perfect scene (and it’s so much better than sleeping). Knowing that there is so much that can go wrong and still finding a book that feels perfect in every way? There’s nothing that feels better than that to me. There’s nothing better than finishing something and screaming at the first person you see because you need to share this feeling with someone. There’s nothing better than looking at your shelves and reliving every story, remembering everything it made you feel, and feeling it again. That’s why I would never want to go back to the days before. Blogging changed the way I read, and I’m so grateful for it.
Has blogging or reviewing changed the way you read? Would you like to go back to the way you read before?
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