Confessions of a Tea Sippin’ Blogger: Aging & Reading

confession1Β I think aging is a topic that I have danced around for many years. I was uncomfortable with the idea of this change my body and mind would undergo. It wasn’t until I hit 30 that I realized this “getting old” business wasn’t as bad as some might have you believe. In fact, my 30s, in spite of all obstacles, have proven to be the highlight of my life. After all, you are only as young as you feel right? Well, then I feel pretty damn old. I prefer to say I am only as old as I act. In which case, I am pretty damn young πŸ˜‰

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But still, each year passes and we age a little more. With that passage of time always comes some form of change, big or small. We grow in a multitude of ways. Views and opinions change or expand. Sometimes the waistline follows suit. I was thinking about this the other day and it occurred to me that I had grown considerably as a reader during the last 5 or 6 years. So I thought it might be interesting to share a bit of that journey and encourage you to do the same.

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I began reflecting on my reading habits over the last several years and realized there were a lot of changes occurring. These ranged from what I read to how I read and when I read.

I no particular order, I composed a list of the variations that really stuck out, and I feel can easily be attributed to my own personal growth or circumstances as a result of aging.

  • I have developed an appreciation for non-fiction. Maybe this is the biggest transformation in my reading habits and warrants the top spot. But years ago, unless it was required reading, it was a no go. Now I can be found piling on the true crime, memoirs and psych books among many others.
  • I read more. Okay, so this is also the direct result of my kids aging as well. I have more “me” time and have learned the importance of making that time. I think we all begin to understand this as we get older. Plus, let’s face it; my social life has slowed way down. I no longer crave all-nighters unless it involves a good book or Netflix.go8.gif
  • This technically could have been lumped into my love of nonfiction, but never has my reading been more diversified! As I age and grow so does my desire to explore cultures and things that might otherwise be out of my reach be it not for books. I want new and fresh perspectives. I seek them out through the pages of titles I would never have glanced at several years ago.
  • I crave knowledge! I catch myself actually reading articles for educational purposes. 10 years ago, this part of me would have turned off after work or classes. Now I do it with pride and walk around feeling like a smarty pants with my freshly acquired wisdom (for as long as I retain it anyways).
  • I truly care about what other people are reading and how it affects them. I really do want to hear your thoughts when I say so. I love discussion.Β There was a time when I was a selfish reader. I read for myself and wanted to be left alone to do so. Now I want to share my fondness and expand it through others and the book community.
  • Maybe this is the most important one (and also partly attributed to my experience as a blogger) but I respect and appreciate the process that goes into each book I read.Β  From the beginning drafts to the publication and promotion, I see the bigger picture now and it elevates my love of reading to a new level.
  • I read where I want, when I want and how I want. I have no reservation about what I am reading or where I am reading it. Be it Helter Skelter or Anne of Green Gables.. I will never fail to have a book on hand and pull it out at any given opportunity. I also find I cannot crawl into bed without a book now.7cdc211bbc655955c6fa594751f2ad19.gif
  • Last but not least, I feel that I read smarter. I put down titles that I gain little to nothing from and seek out books that stimulate my mind. I understand that fiction can do this just as well as nonfiction and that enjoying it is the key to retaining it.

Have you aged as a reader?

Do you feel that your reading has evolved as you age? If you look back several years and compare your habits and reading list, what differences would you note? What would be the most significant change in your reading over the years?

Maybe leave me a small list of your own habits below!

Danielle ❀

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64 thoughts on “Confessions of a Tea Sippin’ Blogger: Aging & Reading

      1. I’ve definitely been listening to more audiobooks in the last 7 years, fiction and non-fiction. I’ve always read biographies/memoirs, historical fiction and non-fiction. I think a big addition was crime/thriller fiction for a while but now I’m back into historical fiction again. I’m definitely a mood reader, which plays havoc with NetGalley books! πŸ˜‰

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  1. Loved reading this! I hadn’t really thought about how much my reading has changed but it absolutely has overall! I still can’t get too far into non fiction though unless it really interests me. 😁

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  2. I can definitely identify with the aging part. In fact I think I’m the oldest book blogger on the block!
    My reading habits have changed. I seem to read more crime fiction than before. No idea why. I did spend a few years only able to read non fiction, so I’m glad to have moved on.

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  3. Great post! I know others said that, but it can’t be said too much.

    I’ve definitely “matured” as a reader. I no longer simply dive into any book just because it is available. I weed out a lot more. I only add books to my list that I actually plan on reading. Interested isn’t enough anymore. My interest outpaces my ability, so only the books I WILL read get on now.

    I’ve also got my tbr completely whipped into shape. No more randomness or ignoring a book for years.

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    1. Haha thanks πŸ™‚ I wish I could say the same for my tbr, but it is actually progressing now. And I totally get what you are saying about “interest” not being enough anymore. I am weeding through a few titles now that I thought I was interested in, but will not be reading.

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  4. I have definitely diversified my reading since my 20s. I used to read primarily fantasy and the occasional nonfiction, but that was just about it. I started getting bored with the genre after awhile, and I just seemed like nothing could capture my imagination anymore. Everything was all about the magic system or the world-building, with characters as an afterthought. Or, everything was ‘book one of a new epic series!’, and I didn’t want to read a new epic series. So I branched out. Classics, fiction, historical fiction, more nonfiction, essays… I’m so glad I did that. My reading life is far richer for it, and I’ve learned so much!

    Also, I agree with you- my thirties have definitely been the best!

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    1. Thanks Kim! We seem to be on a similar path. I have found myself struggling a bit with some fantasy lately and while I love the genre, I think I tire of endless series. I do not want to be tied down. I desire more time to explore more authors and works πŸ˜‰ I need to start revisiting the classics more now.

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      1. Right? It shouldn’t be so hard to find a standalone fantasy, but it’s all trilogies and series these days. What do you do?

        Lord Dunsany’s ‘Fifty-One Tales’ is an amazing collection of fantastical stories from the pre-Tolkien era of fantasy. The longest one is maybe 15 pages.

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  5. What an interesting post! Aging as a reader isn’t something I’d really ever considered before, but reflecting on my own experience – particularly since I started my blog – I can see some significant changes. My main ‘aging’ has occurred in the way yours has in your third and final points. My reading is way more diversified. You may remember way back in the day when I reviewed nothing but paranormal romance πŸ˜› I do have a paranormal romance ready and waiting on my Kindle, but it’s not the only thing I read now. I found limiting myself to such a specific, niche genre really hindered me and I found I was getting bored. I was romanced out πŸ˜›
    I definitely read smarter too. Life’s too short to read books that you don’t find enjoyable! I was trying to reading something a couple of months back and it was beginning to feel like a chore. I was saying things like “Eugh, two more pages and I’ll go treat myself to a break and have a cup of tea!” …reading shouldn’t make you feel like that!
    I’d say another way I’ve aged – and I guess this is more as a book blogger and not just as a reader – is that I’ve become more confident in expressing my opinions. I can confidently justify why I didn’t enjoy a book, for example, which is something I’d often feel guilty about before.
    Also, that first GIF is perfection πŸ˜›

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    1. Oh confidence! I wish I would have thought to mention or touch on that. I am also much more inclined to express my opinions and views on titles now. That is an excellent point Jazz ❀

      Yeah, I think stepping out more away from go to genres is a huge one. It seems to be the one trend many readers I talk to notice. As they grow, they no longer favor just one genre or are more diversified in general. It is great really. When I think of how many titles I might have missed.. aye aye aye.

      Hope you are well my friend ❀

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      1. I know, I sometimes think of the books I might have missed on too and it really doesn’t bear thinking about! A prime example would be ‘Kings of the Wyld’…that’s now one of my best reads of 2017 and probably one of my favourite books and I remember being hesitant about reading it because it wasn’t my ‘usual’ reading. I ended up loving it and it was one of the books that encouraged me to branch out more.
        Things are all good with me. Just busy, busy, busy! I have three assignments coming up so I’ve been doing lots of additional reading. How are things with you? ❀

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    1. I am not sure nonfiction will ever be everyone’s cup of tea. I think my obsession with the paranormal and true crime actually led me down that path to be honest and it grew from there. There are still plenty of nonfiction titles I will never pick up haha πŸ˜‰

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  6. Love this post. I think my reading have changed the most in terms of the quality. Some books I read when I was younger would not qualify as good books now. Now I search for books that are better written, have stronger plots etc…

    Also I love trashy Jackie Collins type stuff when I was young. Now I can’t stand books like that.

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  7. You ain’t old! Although relatively-speaking, I also feel old… πŸ˜› I have to admit that there’s A LOT.. in fact.. everything on here are so relatable. I used to read mangas and some rare books here and there as a high school kid (including required reading), but then when high school was completed, I had dropped mangas/animes and barely ever read. I actually hunted down true crime/criminology book just to get some extra insight on the things that have been accomplished in the field, in preparation of my field of study in uni. I barely did that too cause I sort of didn’t like keeping everything I was learning to myself and not having anyone who’d be interested enough to listen. But then blogging was introduced into my life and man… just the fact that I could share and learn from other people’s reading experience made my reading habits explode and evolve in ways I didn’t know were possible! Now my analytical mind is applied to what I read and read a variety of genres! I learn so much from fiction and love that I can discuss books with bookworms out there too! I can even pick out the books I want to read and those I wouldn’t touch too! My reading habits today are soooooooooooooooo different from what they were in the past years…. and yet I’m only 23. Gosh, I envy those who have read ALL there life! So much time used to read so many great books! I feel like I’m playing catch-up nowadays. πŸ˜€ Anyways, all that babbling to say… Fantastic post, Danielle! Thank you so much for sharing! πŸ˜‰

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    1. Haha thanks always Lashaan πŸ™‚ Manga is my still the one guilty pleasure I retain I think. It falls on my love of anime and animation. I love Japanese storytelling and the old artist in my is drown to animation.

      I really could have expanded on this more because of the changes I have underwent as a blogger, but it would have grown out of control πŸ˜› But I cannot deny that the interaction of the book community and my experiences as a blogger/reviewer have really expanded my reading in the best of ways!

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  8. Reading preferences definitely mature over time. There was a time that historical romance was my most-read genre, but I can’t remember the last time I read one of those. A recent change is my increased interest in books about social justice/activism issues. I would have completely passed over such books a few years ago.

    Since I started blogging, I’ve realized that it’s perfectly fine to abandon a book I’m not enjoying. I used to always finish the books I started, but not anymore. I’d rather DNF (even if it’s an ARC) and move on to the next book, than struggle with reading a book that bores me.

    Great post!

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    1. Thank you Betty! And yes, maturing is a perfect way to describe the change. I was looking at some of the books in my tbr again last night and some of the ones I may remove and realized my tastes have certainly evolved.

      Learning to accept letting go of some titles was a huge step for me. But man, I am so glad I have realized this is not only ok but for the best at times. Especially with ARCs no one benefits from a forced read πŸ˜‰

      Have a wonderful week ahead!

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      1. I think the only books I have on my Goodreads TBR now are ARCs, but I still cull a few from time to time. I try to give them 20% before I do, but sometimes, I just lose interest in them altogether. I keep them in my Kindle cloud –just in case I change my mind and want to give it another chance.

        My goal for next year is to be much more discerning in the requests I make, because I still feel bad when I DNF an ARC, even if it is the right thing to do. Maybe making myself wait a day or two before requesting will help me decide if I REALLY want it, or if it’s just a momentary impulse.

        I hope you have a fabulous week, as well!

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  9. Great post!

    I wouldn’t know about aging, as I’m still so young, pure and wholesome.πŸ˜‰

    Ha, who am I kidding, I feel pretty damn old at the moment!πŸ˜‚

    I have to say I’ve always thought about the whole process of books, writing it, the drafts and publishing it through to getting to read it. It’s the same as music, games and TV shows and I’ve always tried to keep a check on the bands I like, etc for new music, if they are in the studio, etc and even before blogging I did that with authors I read too. Wanting to know if they are currently working on something, etc. Sadly, I think some people think books, music, games and films all magically appear out of thin air at times, nothing and then poof, a book has appeared.πŸ˜‚

    My reading habits though are firmly planted in, I’m a mood reader, alas, it’s just how I am, mood gamer, mood music listener, mood film watcher and mood reader.πŸ˜‚ I definitely read more now than I used to which yeah, I put down to age but I’d have to credit the blog with me reading differently and reading books I’d not normally have bothered with.

    Oh, awesome use of the Mr Bean gif, I love that classic show.πŸ‘Œ

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    1. Haha thanks Drew. Mr Bean is a favorite with me and my son πŸ˜‰ So he makes the occasional appearance in our home.

      It is very true. Sometimes we just do not understand the full depth of a process until we are put into a position to do so. Blogging certainly opened my eyes to more of the writing, publishing and promoting world. I always knew of this side of course, but the better understanding creates a much deeper appreciation. In turn, the read is more rewarding.

      I am the worst mood reader. I think this is why I explore so many genres haha. I never know what mood will strike next.

      Have a great week my friend!

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  10. As a kid I loved reading crime and teen romance but I won’t touch either now! About ten years ago I was experimenting with different genres but now I know what I like and I stick pretty much to it. With access to a lot more authors through ebooks, I find that I only have time for my favourite genres now unless something really catches my eye. I used to be able to sit up through the night reading or watching live sport but I’m not up to doing that now…it’ll throw off my sleep pattern for a week which isn’t worth it!

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    1. Ah yes. I never can seem to recoup if I throw off my sleep. I have a pretty strict routine. Even if I turn on a show, it is off by 9 and then read a few chapters and to sleep I go πŸ˜‰ I sleep best after reading. The rest is too much stimulation to promote a healthy sleep.

      And so true about ebooks! Too much at the tip of our fingers. There is no time anymore to waste on books we do not want to read πŸ™‚

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  11. I’ve never really thought about this but that’s such a good point.. My reading must have changed, as every other taste, be it clothes or food, has changed as well. It’s not so easy though to find my evolution. I do think I read much more real chicklit when I was in the age range of 15-25 and well I almost exclusively read thrillers now so I guess the tables have turned completely. I don’t know but I think I prefer novels with more depth now, instead of a good laugh or a warm and fuzzy feeling :-). Great post Danielle, it really got me thinking πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you Inge πŸ™‚ I think we all slowly evolve as readers, but that is kind of how all things work in life. I know what you mean about craving more depth now. I desire titles that are more fleshed out and thought-provoking as well. Although, a mindless read is fun at times (hence my love of manga haha). Happy reading my friend ❀

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  12. This is such a great post Dani… I think I would agree with your points a lot and the smarty pants feeling got me in chuckles… I remember being in high school (age, about 17) and during breaks in between classes, I’d read nonfiction… so, one day I was reading Coleman’s book on emotional intelligence and the passing teachers actually came over to discuss with me, some couldn’t comprehend that I was reading up about psychology of my own free will… haha…
    I totally agree on the picking the books and spending time with them wisely… when a few years back I would have struggled through a book just to count it as finished, now I wouldn’t overthink DNFing a title… it it no fits, it no sits… or some such! πŸ˜€

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    1. Hahaha “If it no fits, it no sits” indeed! Love it! It really is all about becoming a smarter reader though right? Be it learning to embrace what we love more, skipping what we don’t and taking the time to understand. Hopefully that is how we evolve in most areas of our lives as we age.. we become smarter. No reason reading should be different πŸ˜‰ I too used to make that final push just to mark a book of the list.

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  13. What a fun idea for a discussion post! I am with you on so many of these things. I’ve found that my reading has branched out quite a bit. Like you said about genre, but also when it comes to format! I used to be a staunch “hardcover books ONLY” girl. Totally elitist about what I would hold in my hands. But, I realize that was more about my physical interaction with the book. As I get older, the specific book I *hold* doesn’t impact me nearly as much as the content of the text. Now I read ebooks, paperbacks, and audiobooks. I also love my library. I used to be the sort of person who HAD To own books. Then I moved a few times. And, well, as much as I love how pretty my books look… they are a pain in the butt to move around. Thank goodness for the libraries!

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    1. Oh yes, my love of libraries has always been present but increased tremendously! That is a great point and one I should have included. I think my knowledge of the value they hold in the community has also developed that fondness more as an adult πŸ˜‰ I was a bit of an elitist once haha. I still wan to own them all, but that is just my bookish heart crying out. I now know it isn’t possible or necessary haha. ❀

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  14. What a lovely discussion Danielle! I’m sorry I missed it earlier… I really love that you WANT to hear what others think… I DO TOO! I feel like questions at the end of a post are sometimes just to inspire the reader to leave a comment but i REALLY want to hear the answers to the questions I leave (I’m sure other bloggers do too with their questions!) I REALLY love to hear what others have to say about a book… not just I love it… read it too but their depthful thoughts on books we both have read and things they wondered or loved or thought ridiculous. ❀

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    1. Thank you Dani! And please never apologize. I miss so much anymore with my reduced screen time. I cannot make the rounds I used to sadly.

      I could not agree with you more though. I ask because I want to know! I crave a solid discussion and want to share the emotions that accompany our reading experiences. I know you do because I always received a thoughtful or in depth response when I comment on your posts ❀

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