finding your reading alley5:04 AM
(I was supposed to post this next week?! But I apparently am an impatient creature and I hope you all enjoy this first post!)
I read. I don’t read as much books as I wish I could, with school and writing getting in the way a lot, but I still aim to reach the double-digit numbers at the end of each year.
actually all of them, who am I kidding my books belong to the Young Adult age range. I’m fairly well-versed with the different YA books coming out every year, as well as the up-and-coming authors who write in the range.
But still. Lots of times I find myself giving up on YA, thinking it’s all mediocre and all the same — which it’s definitely not, I always remind myself afterwards. I am starting to figure that more and more now, because of one reason: I’ve found my reading alley.
I’m not sure if it’s just me (and a friend) who uses the term ‘reading alley’, but this is what I call a specific taste in books. This means to say, not a specific genre or an age range, but a sort of ‘vibe’ from books that you enjoy.
- It saves you tons of time. Knowing which books you more or less will like based on the elements or storytelling method will save you from books that you’ll probably end up not enjoying.
- It saves money! Books are expensive. Getting to the bookstore costs money too, when you think about it. You can save so much money by choosing books you know are bound to belong in your alley.
- Your alley guarantees a lot of happiness and all of those abstract nouns! See: saved money, time, effort, + A good set of books you know you’ll love = HAPINESS
- List down your current favorite books. See what they all have in common: it can be anything ranging from big families, Oriental settings, to books set in a certain era.
- Use the Goodreads’ ‘Readers Also Enjoyed’ widget (as seen above). Search up on books that you love, and see which books that are similar to them!
Here is the blessing also known as the ‘Readers Also Enjoyed’
- Follow and read book blogs. Most book blogs cite books that are similar to the ones that they’re currently reading / reviewing.
- Research and experiment!
I’ve found my alley consists of books with a lot of paranormal, unsettling cities or towns, mild horror in it, supernatural powers, a touch of magic, and unreliable / vague narrators.
Although, I have to say, even if you know your reading alley, you can never be 100% that you’ll like or dislike a book based on your current alley. Your alley can just serve as a guide on picking books — but it’s always great to try out new genres and styles and authors!
Will you give the concept of reading alleys a try?
- Andrea <3