I don’t think I really believed that your reading tastes were capable of MASSIVE changes, which is why I now have a problem.
A few years ago I had a few authors I was crazy about, and I went and bought paperbacks of every book they’d written. I read a lot of them, but then “saved” others for another time, a special day. Sort of like what people do with special clothes/homeware stuff/jewellery etc. (and I’m guilty of doing those, too!).
The problem is that now I’m not even sure I’m interested, and I wish I’d read them before my preferences changed!
One example of this is a very, VERY popular urban fantasy/paranormal romance author. I kept a few of her books I was looking forward to, but then life happened, a mountain of review books descended on me, and well… I picked up one of her books recently, tried to work up the motivation, and then replaced it in the dusty corner of my room it has been sitting in for years without even reading the first page.
I think some of this is that I’m pickier now. I’ve said a few times that now I have pretty much zero tolerance for things like misogyny, and UF/PNR are not genres known for treating their female characters kindly. I’m also a little bit over the faultless, invincible superhero, as well as the self-insert stories – you know the type, the kind of books where the heroine is either the author writing herself into her dream relationship, or the heroine is so bland you can easily imagine it’s you.
It’s frustrating, because I’m really trying to read some more paranormal-themed books, but I feel like I’ve left it too late for the books I was really excited about. And Patricia Briggs can only produce so many books to satisfy my paranormal cravings!
I don’t think I’ll ever go back to being someone who wants to read these particular books, either. It’s a frustrating discovery to make – I would have loved them in the past!