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Do you find yourself forming trends in your reading? Is this a conscious act, influenced by either your own interests or current publishing fads?
Looking back over my reading life I find trends in my reading and they seem to relate more to my own maturity and interests than publishing trends.
At the dawn of my reading career (remember I came quite late to this because of my dyslexia) I discovered Tolkien and could not get enough. Alas when I’d read everything he’d written I was a bit lost but by staying within the fantasy genre I was able to capitalize on the momentum I’d built up and continued to develop my own reading tastes.
When I worked as a children’s librarian I read as much of the collection as I possibly could – all genres – to be able recommend books from personal experience for my young patrons.
As a mature-age uni student I read the classics and still have a fondness for the tried and true.
I’ve read some that I guess would fall into the category of ‘publishing fads’; Harry, Da Vinci Code, Twilight and, with the exception of the last (which I found boring), quickly came to see what the hype was all about.
So generally I read books chosen consciously for their content, right now I’m choosing historical novels (emphasis on the history/not-so-much on romance) and award winners (for curiosity’s sake)…oh and whatever the freaks (by bookclub) are reading of course.