BBAW Day 4 – How Blogging Has Changed My Reading Life

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…


Pace


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?

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Jamie is a 30 year old married lady who is in denial that she's actually that old. When she's not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, listening to music with oversized headphones and having adventures with her husband and dog.

Comments

  1. I am stopping by from the Philippines to see how book blogging has changed your reading life

    How Book Blogging Transformed My Reading Life

  2. I know exactly what you mean about rereading! I've gotten really good over the past few months about figuring out the difference between blogging and obligation and allowing myself to reread. Its definitely a matter of schooling yourself not to feel guilty!

  3. Great post!!

  4. Yes, I love how reading becomes social through blogging! Such a cool feeling. Like you, I find myself reading much faster, but even though I move from book to book more quickly, I find that because I have to sit down and blog about each one, I'm able to digest them better than I ever was before. As for rereading, it's a bit ironic: I never really cared about rereading before blogging, and now that I feel like I'd like to rered sometimes, I don't have time!

  5. I am new to blogging and it has entirely changed what I read. I am reading and adding books to my TBR list that I never would have before. I really enjoyed this post!

  6. Wow. I feel like I could just copy this post over to my blog. I'm the same way. I read more now that I'm blogging, blogging definitely changed my reading habits, I love the social aspect, and I wish I could re-read more often! Great post!

  7. SweetestLittleBookworm says:

    There is nobody in my "real" life that reads as much as I do and loves it the way that I do. The only people that really, truly, honestly understand why I can *sob* over a character or how my heart can speed up in certain parts of a book or why I don't even realize I'm HOLDING MY BREATH while I'm reading some things…well, these are the people I interact with on blogs and twitter.

    And seriously, THANK GOD for these people. Because I was reading voraciously before I found them. But now I'm just not lonely in my reading anymore.

    Sidenote: Also, I love finding people who are eclectic readers. There's plenty of room for adult fic AND YA! (and for me, middle grade, children, memoirs, and nonfiction…cause, gal, I will read just about anything if it looks good.)

    ~Asheley (Into the Hall of Books)
    @BookwormAsheley

  8. Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow says:

    Yes, my rereading has fallen by the wayside more…except that another blogger recently started a read-along that would allow for rereads…and I am rereading The Handmaid's Tale.

    I'm also going to be rereading Gone with the Wind and Uncle Tom's Cabin, which I hadn't read since childhood.

    These rereads were sparked by other bloggers.

    I do read more and a wider variety of books nowadays, too.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  9. Melissa (Avid Reader) says:

    I feel the same about rereading. In the past I always considered it wasting my time, a luxury I couldn't afford. There are so many books out there! But In the past year I've realized that it's an important part of reading and each time I reread a favorite it deepens my experience with the book.

  10. Michelle (my books. my life.) says:

    One way that I found to squeeze in some rereading was through audiobooks. My audiobook time feels much less precious and I often reread that way.

  11. I struggle with reading my own books. I get most of my books from the library so I make those a priority. I too was always a voracious reader but I now read more than I ever did.

  12. Like Michelle I tend to do my re-reading on audio if I can. I'm the same way, though–rarely make the time and feel guilty about all those books on the shelf that I would love to get to again. Blogging has made me realize there are SO MANY BOOKS that I have to read!

  13. Lenasledgeblog.com says:

    Blogging has expanded my horizons too. I read genres now I never knew existed.

    Happy BBAW!

  14. I feel the same way! There are so many amazing books that I want to read again, but if I read them it means I can't read the new books that could be just as amazing. It's a hard line to walk.

  15. Oh, I know. I never hardly reread anymore either. It sort of makes me wonder why I keep books because I love them… I am trying to do better this year, but still could be much better!

  16. wordsandpeace says:

    Blogging has also changed my reading habit, a lot actually, and in some ways common to yours. see here: http://wordsandpeace.wordpress.com/2011/09/15/bbaw-2011-day-4/
    Emma

  17. Savoring books! Yes! I've been deliberately reading this one book slower than I normally would because I want to really appreciate and immerse myself and basically just roll around in it like a cat with catnip. Reading it too quickly would be doing it a disservice, I think.

    Great post!

    – Anastasia @ Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog

  18. Rebecca Rasmussen says:

    Love this post, my dear!

  19. I love the social aspect of being a book blogger–I consider myself lucky to be part of this awesome community. Like you, I've found that blogging has opened me up to genres and writers I might have overlooked or avoided otherwise, and I'm glad it has. So many recommendations that have come to me from reading other blogs or from bloggy people on twitter have ended up becoming favorites. One thing that is a drawback, is that sometimes the reading feels like homework. I find myself sometimes plowing through a book that's just okay because I know I need to get up the reviews. I try to temper that by mixing up the books I want to read and review with books I've gotten with review requests.

    Great post 😀

  20. April (BooksandWine) says:

    I totally agree with everything on here. Preblogging, I was way more eclectic, but I mean, still read YA. And and reading like it's going out of style. And also buying like the store is running out. And socializing. And preblogging, I used to reread certain books every year, but never do that any more.

  21. Laura Ashlee says:

    I never have time to reread! I'm going to do it around Christmas though. I want to reread Jane Eyre and I'm going to make the time.

  22. Great post! I think I am going to reflect on this and maybe do a post of my own somewhere down the line!

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