I don’t know about you, but the list of books I’ve bought but haven’t read yet is extensive. About twenty of them are print books that stare at me from my shelves, begging to be picked up every time I look at them. But the amount on my e-reader is staggering! I’ve purchased many over time when I came across deals to get them at a very low cost (or free!), and they have sat on that digital shelf for several years. As the saying goes, “Out of sight, out of mind.”
In an attempt to reduce this list, I recently set a goal for myself to complete a set amount of these books before even considering buying any more. As I’ve been working toward this pursuit, I’ve read some books that pleasantly surprised me. But others were mediocre at best, and several I couldn’t even finish.
Imagine my disappointment when I picked up books I thought I would like but didn’t. Especially in instances when I’d enjoyed books by that author before. I wondered if that particular book just wasn’t as good as their other writing. Or maybe, was it me? Has my reading taste changed?
After thinking it over for a while, I came to realize that yes, my reading taste has changed over the years. The books I used to devour five, ten, or twenty years ago aren’t what I’m looking for now. The worlds I wanted to escape into then are different than those I want to explore now. And my expectations in writing style and quality have shifted as I’ve spent more time reading and reviewing books.
Upon coming to this realization, it felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. There may still be a large number of books that I’ve bought but haven’t yet read, but I’m working through them. And now I don’t feel obligated to finish them. Which is a remarkably freeing feeling, and I’m thrilled to have discovered it!
So, I’m curious. Has your reading taste changed over time? If so, how do you feel about it?