T5W is a weekly book meme created by Lainey from Gingereadslainey and hosted by Sam from Thought On Tomes with a different bookish topic each week. You can check out the GoodReads group here. The group is currently on a summer hiatus, so I’ll be picking out topics I think are fun for these three months.
Topic: Bookish Things I’ve Changed My Mind About
Bookmarks are something to change your mind over, but I actually used to hate using bookmarks. When I was young (read elementary-high school), I was somehow able to just memorize the page number I was on, and as such, I thought bookmarks were for losers. As a 20-something, I have no idea how my younger self did it, and I need a bookmark to keep my place. Plus, a lot of them are super pretty.
I first found out about subscription boxes through the OwlCrate/Fairy Loot unboxings I’d see on BookTube and my initial thought was, that’s so unnecessary. Who would spend $30+ on a single book, a bookmark, a postcard, and some button pins. It’s so overpriced and you just end up with a bunch of stuff you don’t really want. Since those initial videos, I’ve learned of more no-frills services that send you just the book, sometimes for a discount, that seems much more reasonable to invest in.
I think audiobooks are something a lot of people have changed their minds over. I never had anything against audiobooks, but 10+ hours to finish one book vs 2-4? That’s an easy choice to make. Then I had two daily 1.5+ hour bus commutes where reading words made me nauseous and audiobooks became lifesavers. More recently, I’ve discovered Serial Box’s audio dramas and they’re much more fun to listen to than read, especially with the sound effects that get thrown in.
Gritty Dark Fantasy
I used to LOVE this genre. Mark Lawrence’s Broken Kingdom’s trilogy, Brent Week’s Night Angel trilogy. Those books were the shit. I could gobble them up one after another, no problem. And for a period of time, they were literally all I read. But in the last year or two, as I’ve started to diversify my genres, authors, and settings, I find myself more and more hesitant to return to those genres. Don’t get me wrong, If I were to re-read Prince of Thorns or Night Angel I’m sure I’d still love them, but that genre is just so filled with the same tropes and settings, led by same-ish white male characters, lack interesting female characters, and generally have little to noLGBTQ+ representation that there’s just, better things to read.
I have a bit of a masochistic streak when it comes to reading books that I’m not really liking, where I’ll just keep reading it because maybe, just maybe, it’ll get better. Then I’ll finish it, it didn’t get better (in fact it probably got worse), and I’ll complain about how I just wasted a day or two reading a book I didn’t like. Just this March, however, I finally DNFed my first book! How exciting! Perhaps I’m finally learning to not waste time on things I know I won’t enjoy.