So at the end of September I will have had this blog for 4 years. I was looking back over old posts to see if my opinions had changed about anything. I reread a couple of books I’ve loved in the past. I rewatched a bunch of movies. Probably the big one this year I’ve tried the whole audio book thing again.
My first go around with audio books was in 2016 and wasn’t a raging success. In fact I decided they weren’t for me. I went back earlier this year to finish the one I had never and something just clicked. I can’t even explain it.
I think one problem where before I would simply sit and listen to them like I would read a physical book and my mind would drift it actually helps if I am doing something else and I retain better than I would otherwise. So I can listen to them sometimes at work and when I walk that’s made a huge difference. I also joined scribd.com and was surprised they actually have a really good selection.
I suppose I’m an audio book convert now as well.
In a lot of ways I haven’t changed my opinions on previous books or films but in some they’ve been modified…
Like I liked Spiderman: Homecoming a little bit more when I rewatched it at home- but I was fast forwarding through the parts that weren’t doing anything for me. I think that’s normal. I’m looking forward to rewatching Ant-Man and the Wasp soon without the obnoxious theater crowd.
I gave some classics a try and have had enough luck that I’m beginning to wonder if required reading didn’t ruin my love of classics forever? In fact I’m very glad I read especially Anne of Green Gables and Pride and Prejudice. I’ve been going back and forth on whether I’m going to participate in Victober but excuse me while I also when about how long Victorian novels are!
Regardless I definitely think I’ve gotten a lot better about reading outside my box. I have a couple of translated novels on my Kindle I’m hoping to get into soon.
I reread the Harry Potter series but while I picked up somethings and I look at the characters differently with the years Harry Potter is like Taylor. Pretty sure I’m always going to love that world and return to it when I need it the most which really is the beauty of Harry Potter.
Whereas I need to accept that there are some popular authors like Sarah J. Maas who just aren’t for me. I don’t regret reading ACOTAR series and I did enjoy them while I read them…
Which leads to the point I am definitely trying to get better on the whole impulse buying based on hype thing!
Any other changed opinions?
I did sign up for Twitter which is something I once told myself never, ever, ever would I do. I mean I never know what to write in a Tweet and I’m not sure how to link (I’m Book Beach Bunny over there to) so I’m not sure how well I’m actually doing on that! But it did inspire me to (attempt) to start using Goodreads right which is also something I once said I wasn’t interested in.
Looking back with the exception of audio books my opinions on specific things (books or movies) haven’t changed that much. But I do think and really appreciate what blogging has helped me do is expand my horizons. From all the lovely bloggers I’ve learned about and tried books, films and shows that I never would have heard of otherwise.
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Happy early anniversary!! 4 years is awesome! I am glad you found a way to like audiobooks! I like to be doing something when I am listening too! I listen to them mostly when driving but I also listen when I am coloring or doing a puzzle or some sort of craft 😀
I can’t do it when I’m driving! Already way to distracted 🙂
I’ve had trouble with audio too in the past, with my mind wandering and getting distracted. I’ve just always assumed that listening while doing something else would also distract me, but maybe I should revisit that. And oh Ant-Man and the Wasp- I STILL have not seen that movie.
Twitter and Goodreads are works in progress for me too lolol.
Happy 4 years!!
Love this!!! Congrats on 4 years blogging!
Congrats on 4 years!!! 😀
I tend to listen to audiobooks while doing dreaded household chores lol. I didn’t think I’d like them but now I find it off-putting when I’m washing dishes and not listening to a story haha
I’m already at the point where it’s weird if I go for a walk without listening to one 🙂
Congratulations of 4 Years of Blogging! No easy feat!
Always enjoy your insights and the variety of content!
Keep up the great work!
Audiobooks are great for long road trips, as personally
the Radio just leads to frustration hearing the same
set of songs over and over and all the obnoxious ads.
An audiobook or two just makes the time fly by.
Advance Happy 4 Years! I just sprout in the blogging community recently and I have been following you since. Your content are always a pleasure to read. I love them, keep it up 💗💗
And 4 years! Ahhh, congrats!
Thank you for that!
Woot! Happy early anniversary! Four years would have seemed like forever when I first started the blog, but now I’m realizing how *fast* the time goes by. And I’m terrible at participating in “Bookish Twitter” and a lot of my tweets are about video games, TV shows, and tennis…But I shall follow you! 😀
I love reading about tv shows on twitter! I’m just never sure about spoilers or anything like that. I shall certainly follow you as well 🙂
I was the same way with audio books. Tried one 2 years ago and hated it. Even wondered how people can even pay attention to them, or remember the story at all 😀
Then i came across a really nice one this year. I bought it because i had trouble sleeping and thought it will help to listen to something. It did actually. I prefer simple stories on audio, because i don’t think i could follow a murder mystery this way, but i do call it a success nevertheless 😀
It definitely depends on the narrator! I do like listening to mysteries but I have to remember to wear headphones especially for them because I never know what the next chapter’s going to bring!
Well, I have been reading since I was five years old, and blogging next month for nine years, and for sure both have changed me.
I cannot but to encourage both efforts, I do not believe I am the better for that, I just know to myself subjectively it has being a great learning experience, who has made me who I am today.
So I want to encourage you and anyone who want to pursue both, it’s rewarding, something I tried recently it’s to translate difficult texts, and my comprehension of them have grown as well, which it’s rewarding.
So congratulations, and keep going, open yourself to knew experiences, and you will grow in richness. 🙂
4 years!! That’s awesome!!! I was an audiobook convert for the same reason. It’s awesome to be able to “read” while walking to work, doing housework, etc. I feel like I can get so much more accomplished!! 💖
As I told my friend now I never have to stop reading!
Happy four years anniversary! 🙂 It seems you’re better at multi-tasking when it comes to consuming audiobooks which sounds awesome. I need to check out the books from Victober!
There’s some great recommendations on Youtube for Victober! Lucy the Reader is one of the hosts and she has links to the others.
I think I’ve read all of the ones on the video except for Wives and Daughters, I’ll need to check that out one day. I hope you enjoy it, North and South is a hefty book!
Happy Blog Anniversary! 4 years, that’s an awesome accomplishment! Congrats!