Book bloggers blog because we love reading. Has book blogging changed the way you read? Have you discovered books you never would have apart from book blogging? How has book blogging affected your book acquisition habits? Have you made new connections with other readers because of book blogging? Choose any one of these topics and share your thoughts today!
Blogging has brought some very positive changes to my reading but I’ve also picked up some habits that I’m working on fixing…
I’ve always been a voracious reader but I’ll be honest….blogging has turned me into ferocious, devouring reading machine….like a lion to a wildebeest. The pace in which I read (AND BUY BOOKS) is quite scary these days. I move from book to book with barely any time to digest. It’s good on one hand because I’m constantly reading and am reading more per year than ever. It’s wonderful! However, I do need to work on just letting myself savor the books that need to be savored. Another way I’ve let myself slow down is buy reading a magazine or something after a book that was amazing.
Expanding My Horizons
Blogging has helped me to expand my horizons like you wouldn’t believe. Before blogging, I only read YA here and there. Basically all I read was adult fiction and travelogues. I was vehemently against any sort of paranormal. Since blogging I’ve read so many different kinds of books! I read a lot more YA than I ever did and I’m finding it to be so wonderful. I always had this preconceived notion about what it was. I think the longer I’ve been blogging the more I read YA than adult and I would like to balance that out a little bit as I’ve never been just a YA or Adult fiction blog…I consider myself eclectic. I feel like since I’ve been blogging I’ve really begun to embrace the “plight of being an eclectic reader” that I blogged about before and I’m just enjoying the fact that through blogging I am reading even more types of books than ever!!
Reading As A Social Activity
I love that blogging has turned reading from a solitary activity I used to do into a really social activity for me. I don’t know HOW I never had people in my life who would be there 24/7 to let me OOOH and AHH and SQUEEE about things in books! How did I read and fully digest things before without interaction?!?
The One Thing I Really Struggle With
The one thing I really find hard about my reading life since blogging is how little time I give myself to reread. I used to reread all the time. I wrote about rereading books last year and I still struggle with it. I see all the books I now own and feel guilty for rereading…even though logic knows I shouldn’t. That’s my goal for 2012….rereading more!
But overall, I think blogging has helped me to become a more well-rounded reader even though at the moment I may be a bit more YA heavy which I’m trying to balance out. I read what I’m in the mood for and that’s apparently what I’ve been craving! My love for reading has helped me to make amazing connections in a way I never knew in my previous reading life.
What about you guys? How have your reading habits changed since blogging? Anything I say resonate with you?