2019 has been an incredible year for me personally. When it comes to reading it has also been a year of growth.
When I started my blog I was reading fantasy, fantasy, fantasy… and maybe a smidge of science fiction. I also stuck to the middle grade and young adult area of books with my biggest leap into a few ‘new adult’ reads.
However in 2019 that really changed for me. Here are a few ways that my reading has changed in 2019…
- Graphic novels, comics and manga
This is the year that I really got into reading any sort of graphic novel. This began with ‘Fence’ by C.S Pacat, which is a graphic novel that follows a group of students at a prestigious school that are on the fencing team.
This grew into comics and eventually manga and I am finding some amazing stories from this.
- Contemporary and Romance stories
I was adamant that I wouldn’t enjoy reading an type of contemporary story. I had had some very negative experiences in the past and the only contemporary I read in 2018 it took me months and months to finish.
That is until I picked up ‘Daisy Jones & the Six’ by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I was in love. I couldn’t believe I’d been out of the contemporary game for so long and has missed such an incredible read.
I’ve now found other authors like Mary H.K. Choi, Rachel Hawkins and K.A Tucker.
- Historically based stories
Both ‘Daisy Jones and the Six’ and ‘The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo’ by Taylor Jenkins Reid are books where the story is being retold but it set in the 50’s – 80’s. It was really the first time where I didn’t feel board reading about something “historical”.
This led me to Madeline Miller. My love of Greek myth had a wall. I didn’t want to read historical fiction, however after enjoying those books I wanted to give a historical fiction based in myth that I live and breath was something that I needed to give a go. I was so happy that I did and have now read both ‘Circe’ and ‘Song of Achilles’.
Personally I feel like as a reader I have already grown quite a bit but I am looking forward to 2020’s reading.