On Trying New Things

It's December, and with December comes a lot of time for reflection on the past year of reading.  Looking back over the books that I've read this year, I'm pretty proud of myself for diving headfirst into two genres that I didn't read a lot of prior to this year...

Adult Fantasy

Ever since Alexa Love Books started hosting the Flights of Fantasy challenge (two years ago? three years ago?), I've been slowly getting back into fantasy.  As I've mentioned on here before, I read a LOT of fantasy as a child, but then slowly veered towards contemporary and more reality-based stories as I grew up.  I started slowly getting back into fantasy over the past couple of years, but have stuck primarily to young adult fantasy books, mainly because I still find adult fantasy intimidating.  The books are often tomes and I worry that the world-building will be overly complex and confusing.  

BUT, this year I did it.  I binge read the entire Shades of Magic trilogy by V.E. Schwab and I LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT.  AND I tackled of the most intimidating books and authors on my shelves and I READ A BRANDON SANDERSON BOOK.  And it was AWESOME and INCREDIBLE and ALL THE THINGS EVERYONE SAID IT WOULD BE.

Lesson learned: don't be scared of the fantasy.

Plan for the future: read lots more of the fantasy.


I joined #Spookathon this year, and had only selected one thriller-esque book for my TBR, but once I read Black Feathers, I just wanted more.  So I threw the rest of my TBR out the window (how unlike me, I know!) and binge read two more thrillers.  And I'm currently reading another thriller.

This fall I've had a lot going on.  Work has been busy.  I finished the last class for my HR Management certificate (and it was a dry, difficult class filled with lots of labour legislation).  As a result, I struggled a lot to find the energy to read and, as a result, have watched a lot of TV this fall (Stranger Things and This Is Us).  And although I'll always give myself the flexibility to walk away from reading when I need a break, I've also noticed that picking up a gripping contemporary (like Inside the O'Briens by Lisa Genova) or a thriller (like my current read, Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter) seems to be a surefire way to suck me back into reading.

Lesson learned: I like a book that I can't put down.

Plan for the future: read lots more of these unputdownables.



  1. Yay for Stranger Things! Yay for more Fantasy! Yay for - well I don't know about thrillers. Im a chicken, I don't like to be creeped out or scared, but I want to try new things too?

    1. I didn't know you watched Stranger Things too!!!! I'm a big chicken too (Stranger Things is about as scary as I can go) but I like the whodunnit aspect of thrillers ... I read a lot of Nancy Drew as a child =P


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