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Friday Coffee & Bookish Speaks – Changing Tastes

Grab a coffee and have a talk with me about bookish things!

I am a super picky eater, I always have been. When my mom would fight with me growing up trying to get me to try something new she’d always repeat the dreaded mantra “Your tastes will change when you get older.” I’m sure I used to roll my eyes as I adamantly refused whatever she was coaxing me to try. I vowed to myself that one day I would prove her wrong.

Which brings me to my college years and all the funny things my friends or guys I was dating would do in an attempt to get me to expand my pallet. A guy I was dating was desperate for me to eat sushi with him that he donated 100$ to my roommates mission trip. Well, I bet that’s the most he’ll ever pay for sushi again! Given that we don’t eat sushi together anymore. (I now love sushi, by the way, I guess it wasn’t a complete waste.)

My fore mentioned roommate would nag…. nag me to death… until I would try something. Some things I did not like. Some things I did. It was in my college days where I found my love for avocados, asparagus, mushrooms, and artichokes… Wow! I was really missing out…  And that roommate will not let me live it down to this day…

So what does my weird food journey have to do with reading? I just want to make the point that just because you didn’t like something earlier in your life, does not mean you won’t grow to love it later. I make it a practice now to try foods I’m sure I don’t like every couple of years because you never know when one bite will change your mind or in your case that one book.

I know a lot of readers are really strict on the genres that they read… but I would say every once in a while, try a book that’s not in your usual genre. Have an open mind. It will either work or it won’t. If it does, you may find yourself in a whole new world.

Recently for me has been cozy mysteries. I am a pretty pristine reader, no violence, murder is not usually my thing, but I gave it a try. I am loving it. (Funny enough cozy mysteries tend not to be violent – though there is murder???) I now have a whole new realm to explore with authors I would have never bothered with. There is something to what my mom said, your tastes do tend to change as you get older. Much to my dismay she was right about that.

My advice, keep trying things whether its foods or genres even if you thought you didn’t like them at some point.

Which genre would you be open to trying again?

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  • Maggie August 7, 2015, 3:18 am

    Oh, boy, all of the veggies you listed have made my mouth water! I adore artichokes and don’t eat them enough! As far as reading genres go, I’m working on getting back into reading fantasy and dystopian stuff. I’m starting The Lunar Chronicles finally and need to catch up on some great-sounding books I’ve missed over the years! Happy reading and eating! :)
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    • Jessica August 8, 2015, 12:43 pm

      Do you think you will be caught up in time to read winter in November? Maybe we should have a blog party?!?!?!?! I love that series! I have wanderlust myself into all thing Cinderella retellings. They just don’t get old for me! Now I am hungry for artichokes!

  • Julia Anne @ Peach Print August 7, 2015, 1:41 pm

    I definitely agree that certain tastes are acquired with age. I used to HATE coffee and vowed I would NEVER like it . . . well, you know how that goes. (haha.) Along with coffee, there are a number of foods I previously disliked but have now found a fondness for. As for books, I try to keep an open mind to different genres, but I definitely find myself reading more contemporaries and fantasy novels than anything else. I’m going to try and branch out more!
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    • Jessica August 8, 2015, 12:40 pm

      Hurray for coffee drinkers. I will tell you the truth, I am always suspicious of people that don’t drink coffee. LOL It’s just not right! Have you gotten to read any classics like Sense and Sensibility or Jayne Ere? Especially with me being a writer, I am finding myself reading classics because in way those books are the ancestors of the books we read today… Just a thought! Thanks for stopping by.

  • The Bibliophile Babe August 8, 2015, 6:57 pm

    One thing I never was was a picky eater! I would (and still do) eat pretty much anything. It’s the same with books, though I definitely have my preferences. I’m willing to try anything once. I do tend to stay away from historicals though – I find them so dry!
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    • Jessica August 9, 2015, 9:56 pm

      I agree on the historicals… I try to avoid them usually, but on occasion some hit the mark for me. Like Ella Quinn’s Marriage Game series which come to think about it is more regency then history… is there a difference? We will just say… historicals tend to run dry for me too. Thanks for stopping by.

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