I’m not sure if you’ve noticed but I have been a little inactive lately, due to heavy schoolwork and some exams. Anyways, I have been having a lot of thoughts recently, mainly updates on my new genre preferences and the reason why I don’t review every single book I read.
First off, I realized that I’ve been leaning towards New Adult books lately, I’m not sure why. I’m only seventeen, and the fact that I feel like I’m starting to outgrow YA books scares the hell out of me. I’ve got a lot of young adult books that had a great impact on my life, and feeling like I’ve outgrown the characters and their stories makes me feel like I’ve lost a huge part of my reading-life. Constantly picking up and reading New Adult books has become a pattern over the last few months. And I realized that I wasn’t able to get around to reading a YA book unless I’m reading it with a New Adult book. Reading ACOMAF and many NA contemporaries has made me criticize and compare YA books to the latter. I like the way the protagonist in NA novels focuses not only on their present but also on their future. And I like the vibe of independence that’s constantly surrounding the protagonist.
The second thing that I wanted to talk about is why I don’t review all the books I read. When I first started blogging, I just wanted to find a place to unleash all my fangirling in a very organized matter. I’ve never looked at my book reviews as a way of gaining followers or impressing others, whether they’re other book bloggers, authors or even publishers. (Although I have had the most fortunate pleasure of getting to know a lot of amazing people along the way). Blogging is not a job that I’ve been obliged to do, it’s just a place I go to in order to find tranquility and delight. Reviewing a book after finishing it gives me satisfaction and makes me feel like I’ve given the characters and their story the appreciation they deserve. But sometimes I don’t feel like reviewing the book, and that’s not because of my mood or my opinion of the book, it’s actually not something I fully understood or even troubled myself with. If I don’t feel like writing a review, then I simply don’t. And I think the reason why I still love reading and blogging is the fact that I don’t pressure myself with finishing a book I didn’t like or even reviewing a book I did. Life’s too short to do that. And keeping in mind that reading and blogging is strictly a pastime and not an obligation is the reason to my still-burning desire to read and devour books.
This post has definitely taken an unexpectedly serious and dramatic turn, but I just felt the need to speak out my thoughts.