Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about how my taste in reading material has changed over the years.
It’s quite an interesting topic to think about, actually. I found myself pretty amazed at how different my taste has become over the past few years.
Of course, there are some logical reasons behind this, the most obvious reason being age. In my experience, readers want to be able to relate to and identify with some of the character’s struggles in the book they’re reading. Because of the fact that young readers are constantly finding new interests and being introduced to new life struggles, their taste in books are constantly changing.
This brings me to the next question: what about adults? Although I doubt adults’ taste in reading material changes as rapidly as a child’s or a teenager’s, I do suspect that there must be some changes. For instance, if someone of any age is going through a really tough situation such as the death of a loved one or being diagnosed with a serious illness, they are probably going to want to read more books that reflect this situation. These kinds of situations can happen to anyone, which just goes to show how quickly your tastes can change with a major life event.
Okay, now I’ve talked about how people discover new favorite books and new favorite genres. But, what about outgrowing books, particularly favorites? Is there really such a thing?
There are two sides to this argument. On one hand, there’s plenty of books that I know I will never grow out of.
If you haven’t guessed yet, one of the series I know I will never outgrow is the Harry Potter series.
Because in all honesty, Harry Potter was – is – so much more than an amazing, imaginative book series. These were the books that introduced me to my first real passion – reading. I have so many amazing memories associated with this series, and that isn’t about to change anytime soon. J. K. Rowling was a hugely influential part of my childhood.
On the other hand, I’m not sure I would still consider these books “favorites.” Sure, they introduced me to my love of reading and have been a huge part of my life for the past 4 years. But since then, I have discovered so many more amazing books that have instantly gone on my “favorites” shelf.
There are definitely books that I’ve read in the past few years that I think I have outgrown. The combination of my growing up and discovering new passions and some of the experiences I’ve been through have caused my taste to change dramatically. One of the most important aspects of a book for me is being able to relate to a character and their struggles, which is one of the reasons why I love contemporary – I want to be able to identify with the characters, and it seems like contemporary is the best genre to be able to do this with.
The bottom line is that reading tastes can certainly change over time, and that this is just a natural part of growing up and going through new experiences. And that’s completely okay! There are some things that I know I will never grow out of, and that’s okay too.