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Reading Books Outside of YA | Reading Goals

So… if you’ve *somehow* managed to stick around for the past 1.5+ years (and if you have… you’re amazing) it’s clear that my taste in books has evolved over the past couple years. I first started this blog in October 2017, when I had just started getting into YA fiction. This blog documents my journey of exploring YA fiction, through all the highs and lows, and I absolutely loved being able to engage with the amazing amazing amazing people in this community and bond with everyone over books. But by the end of summer 2019, I came to a realisation… after having read many, many YA books that summer my brain was officially saturated, and I felt like it was time to move on (more on that here). I’ll be honest, though, I didn’t really have much time to explore other reading options beyond YA (although I had many plans) because I started my A Levels – and it’s safe to say I was completely and utterly overwhelmed, so the books I read for pleasure plummeted, and my posts on here also plummeted. But now, I think I’m finally reading to truly delve outside of YA reading and into new waters, now that I’m in lockdown and my exams are cancelled (and I hope) that I have a little more time on my hands… this was a long prelude so let’s talk about it!!!

I think I’m definitely out of YA now. I definitely had withdrawal symptoms around almost 2 years ago now when I stopped reading YA, but now when I even look at YA books on Goodreads I just don’t feel that interested anymore. I’m not dissing YA or people who read YA at all I’m just talking about how my own preferences have now changed (so I am currently in the arduous process of filtering through my “want-to-read” shelf on Goodreads lol), and I’m glad about that because I really really really want to try and read more non-fiction! The only problem with non-fiction reading is a) it requires more brain power than reading fiction and that is hard to muster when it is 1am and you’re only reading because you can’t study but can’t sleep and b) it will generally just take me longer to complete a book (I feel) because of the whole brain power thing (you have to think about it to understand it otherwise you’re lost… although that does depend on what I’m reading as well).

….But then…. am I going to replace fiction entirely?? Do I want to??? The answer is NOOOOOO. I’m still going to read fiction, just not YA. I might try adult fiction, or just read more classics (let me know any recommendations you guys might have). However, the main point is I want to get more into reading non-fiction. Why? I want to feel a little more educated than I currently am. I want to have a wider knowledge of the world around us, but also have that depth, too. But also… we’ll see. Am I kind of skeptical about how successful this will be? MAYBE. Nevertheless, I am excited to share this journey with you guys. I want to try!!!! I think as long as I’m reading something that genuinely interests me, we shouldn’t have a problem with it!

So… what do you think about the way I have changed my reading and how my reading tastes have evolved? Do you have any gripping non-fiction book recommendations?? I would love to hear your thoughts on this post 🙂

Speak soon everyone!!!!

2 thoughts on “Reading Books Outside of YA | Reading Goals”

  1. yesterday I was procrastinating by reading articles with titles like ’50 books to read before you die’ and ’10 best classics of all time’ and the likes… and I thought ‘2021 is my year of classics!’

    time to catch up on all the books I’ve been MEANING to read lol.

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