Blogger: Rachel Kent
In the ten years I’ve been an agent my reading preferences have changed. In the last few years, I’ve been drawn to books that I wouldn’t have been interested in when I was in my twenties. When I started as an agent with Books & Such, I was primarily interested in fiction and had a strong preference for YA books. I still enjoy reading YA stories and lots of other types of fiction, but I’ve found myself drawn more to nonfiction these days.
I love reading articles, and while I don’t follow a lot of blogs, I read and enjoy blog posts that friends share on Facebook or Twitter. I use my friends to screen the blogs for me because I could spend all day reading them. There are so many wonderful voices out there.
Many of the nonfiction books I pick up are Bible studies, mommy help books (I need all the help I can get!), and books about finding balance. I wear many hats, so I crave a solution on how to balance everything just right. Since I haven’t found the perfect solution in a book, I find solace in reading about others who are just doing the best they can–working hard each day.
My fiction reading has taken a turn toward the realistic. I still love a great fantasy, but I’m more likely to pick up a women’s fiction or a historical romance.
I think my preferences have changed because I’m in a different place in my life now than I was ten years ago and my needs that I want fulfilled through my reading are different because of it.
Have you had a similar experience? How have your reading habits changed over the last 5 -10 years?