On this fourth day of Book Blogger Appreciation Week, we are talking about something we all love: reading! Here’s our topic:
“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!”
So many great questions to answer! I’m going to tackle them one at a time.
Has book blogging changed the way you read?
In some ways, yes! I still love reading, and I still read the books that interest me. But, blogging has definitely influenced my reading in a few different ways.
- Book blogging has gotten me to read more and to bring reading to the forefront of my life. I’ve always been an avid reader, but blogging has turned a hobby into something closer to an obsession. Perhaps it’s from suddenly having a community that’s at least as in love with reading as I am, where no one thinks it’s odd if I have a book (or several) on my person at all times and forgo other activities in order to to curl up with a novel!
- Blogging has also encouraged me to track my reading. I love having a record of my thoughts on the books I’ve read, but I also track some reading stats I find interesting in a separate place: male vs. female authors, audiobooks vs. print books vs. ebooks, total pages read and hours listened, and the like. It delights me to have this picture of my month-by-month reading, and I’d never have started tracking stats if not for the example set by book bloggers.
- Because I try to review everything I read (or listen to), I find myself thinking more deeply about what I’m reading, both as I’m reading and after I’m done. I keep notes, something I never used to do, and I give some thought to exactly what I liked and didn’t like about each book. Which means…
- I remember the books I’ve read much better! Because I’ve spent time turning each one over in my mind, the books I read now stand out much more brightly than they ever have before when I look back on them.
I consider all of these to be good things, in case you’re wondering, and am quite happy to have let blogging influence me in the ways that it has!
Have you discovered books you never would have apart from book blogging?
Yes! I don’t have time to read all the amazing books I see on other blogs, but there are certainly some I’ve picked up because other bloggers raved about them, and most I’ve ended up loving. Off the top of my head, these have included The Report by Jessica Francis Kane, Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green, the Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness, Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith, Angels in America by Tony Kushner, Flight by Sherman Alexie, and Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden. Thanks, all you bloggers who talked about books you loved until I finally picked them up and read them!
How has book blogging affected your book acquisition habits?
This answer is simple: by making me feel okay about bringing home bag loads (yes, plural) of new-to-me books. Hey…(almost) everybody’s doing it! And with so many people willing to coo over each new collection with me online, I’m certainly not going to stop any time soon!
Have you made new connections with other readers because of book blogging?
Yes! Aside from the obvious connections with other bloggers, I’ve actually met a non-blogger in my area through my blog. We now coordinate informal reads based on what interests us and meet every few months to discuss whatever we’ve gotten through. I doubt we would have gotten in touch without book blogging, even though it’s not really the focus of our relationship now.
Now I’d love to hear from you. How has book blogging affected your reading?