Let’s Talk Bookish: How Do You Define Your Personal Reading Tastes?

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme created by Rukky @ Eternity Books and hosted by Aria @ Book Nook Bits where we discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each others’ posts. Today topic is How Do You Define Your Personal Reading Tastes?

How would you define your personal reading tastes? What kinds of books do you like to read?

I generally read a mix of fantasy, historical fiction and mystery novels with a couple of science fiction titles thrown in. I also enjoy classics and mythology based novels. I dislike contemporary novels and usually go out of my way to avoid them, and the same goes for non-fiction.

How do you pick what books to read next?

I have the next 10 books to read picked out at all times and I choose them based on a couple of factors. I always try to review ARCs around 2 weeks before release date, so I need to pick those up in time. The next priority for me is my new release TBR and which of those I have access to at that time, whether I own the book or get it from the library. If there’s nothing immediate from either of these, I choose my next reads from my backlist. I also arrange my upcoming reads so that I never read very long or heavy books back to back and always have a mix of genres. I do my best to stick to the planned TBR each month but if there’s a very highly anticipated book that I manage to get my hands on earlier than expected, you can bet I’m going to drop whatever I’m reading immediately to sit down with it!

Do your reading preferences change often?

My reading preferences, atleast in terms of genre, have barely changed over the past decade outside of my venturing into science fiction a bit. I read for pleasure more than anything, so this is unlikely to change unless I suddenly manage to discover a genre I love more than any of these.

On the other hand, YA novels which once used to make up over 90% of my TBR, is definitely something that has become less appealing to me over the years. I still do read tons of YA each year, but I’ve also been gravitating more towards upper-YA and NA novels, along with largely turning to adult novels for historical fiction in particular.

How do you define your personal reading tastes? Share your thoughts in the comments below!


5 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish: How Do You Define Your Personal Reading Tastes?

  1. Bargain Sleuth Book Reviews November 4, 2022 / 7:02 am

    I’m all over the place with my book selection. I read or listen to a lot of non-fiction biographies and histories, but they have to be about certain subjects. I’ve grown to love historical fiction since I started blogging, but again, it all depends upon the time period portrayed. I’ve read or listened to fantasy quite a few times and finally decided it’s just not for me; a younger me would have enjoyed the genre more. But that doesn’t stop me from reading reviews of fantasy books in hopes that one might draw me in.

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    • Raji (@journeyintofantasy) February 5, 2023 / 11:04 am

      Thanks! I’m a bit of a mood reader so it doesn’t always work out, but structuring my immediate TBR keeps things much more organized on the blogging front!


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