Let’s Talk Bookish – Personal Reading Tastes

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 November 4: How Do You Define Your Personal Reading Tastes? (Jillian @ Jillian the Bookish Butterfly)

Prompts: How would you define your personal reading tastes? What kinds of books do you like to read? How do you pick what books to read next? Do your reading preferences change often?

Welcome to November and a new month of LTB everyone! Today’s topic is about personal reading tastes, something I’m not sure I have really thought about that discretely, so that’s exciting. Can’t wait to see what you all define your own reading tastes like too!

I think my personal taste in books (as general as I can be) tends to be books with characters that I can either really relate to or really get into the place of. No matter the genre, if the main character(s) have this kind of quality because of the writing, I’m honestly likely to enjoy it. I find myself having trouble with books with characters I just can’t get behind.

Of course I tend to enjoy thrillers and mysteries for that puzzle element and the suspense. But I also enjoy fantasy and historical fictions, which surprised me, but also told me that it’s not just the suspense and thrill that I enjoy about reading. A really good story with character development, especially through the lens of someone I can relate to is always welcome in eyes.

I tend to read thrillers and mysteries on an ongoing basis, and will kind of read them even without anything pushing me to read. However, if someone suggests to me something they’ve read that is good then I’ll tend to pick that book up next. A good title/cover at a bookstore can also grab my attention, of course.

I don’t think my reading preferences change that often, but I am usually willing to try a book that someone says is good even if it’s not normally my cup of tea. I wouldn’t count that as preferences changing, but I can certainly be flexible with what I choose to read!

What do you all define your reading preferences as? Character-driven? Plot-driven? Genre-driven? Let me know in the comments below!


3 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish – Personal Reading Tastes”

  1. I used to be a more plot driven reader, but I’ve found that now I’m leaning towards character driven. I’m also a mood reader so I’ll chase any interest that pops in my head for a while. But I have and will always return to historical fiction.


  2. I’m definately character driven too, though I don’t often fall on characters I can’t feel or get behind! Most likely I slip into the skin of most MCs.
    Thrillers & contemporaries are my fave. so is romance – I however can’t get fantasy yet.. magical realism I can do, but not high fantasy.


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