2011 BBAW Daily Topic #4: Readers

Today’s topic is about readers:

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!

It’s actually been kind of interesting how much my reading has changed since I started book blogging. If you look at my reading list from 2008, I read a total of 163 books, most of them graphic novels and YA. If you look at last year’s list, I read 238 books and the genres were all over the place. Also, I’ve started getting a lot more review requests than I did in my first year.

So, basically:
– I read more books total now
– I read a wider range of genres (which is either good or bad, depending on how I feel)
– I read more newer books

The first two points are pretty much fine with me (I do enjoy reading more/different books) but the third one is a bit troubling. I don’t want to read only new books, after all. I’ve been trying to read more stuff published pre-2000 but the newer stuff is overwhelming. Partly that’s because of the review copies, but also it’s because I get wind of so many interesting new books from other bloggers that I want to read, too. I don’t think I’ve ever paid as much attention to what books are coming out when as I do now that I’m a book blogger!

Sort of related to that, I think I’m also more deliberate about what I read now. The library is far away and all my books come from either my buying them or accepting them for review (or winning them in contests!). The books I read now are once I picked out for myself because of deliberate, specific reasons– not just because the cover looked cool. I may not remember the reason once I actually get around to reading the book, but it was there.

I’m assuming the more I blog the more my reading will lean towards newer books, but I don’t see myself reverting to only one or two genres and/or reading fewer books…unless something drastic happens, I guess! (I get a job, maybe? Please let it be so.)

[Sidenote: I’m actually kind of thinking of starting a series next year where I highlight truly forgotten childrens/YA/etc. books. Like, I have a few in my collection now that I’m pretty sure haven’t been talked about since they were first published. If I can do it right, I think it might be interesting. What do you think?]

28 thoughts on “2011 BBAW Daily Topic #4: Readers”

  1. I’ve been reading more new books since I started blogging too, and it’s something I’d like to change. It’s not so much that I’m sorry to be reading more new books than I used to; it’s that I hate to be neglecting older books. I’m trying to focus more on classic reprints when requesting review copies, and I’m trying to read at least one or two books that are at least a couple of years old for every new book I read.

    I’m still adding new books to my TBR when bloggers talk about them, but my plan is to wait and couple of years and see if they have holding power or still sound good when they’re no longer being talked about so much. The beauty of books is that they have an infinite shelf life!

    1. I LOVE being more “in sync” with what’s coming out now than I was before, but, yeah– I feel kind of bad for neglecting older releases. It’s so easy to just keep reading new books, though! I think I’ve just read four 2011 releases in a row; it definitely takes discipline to remember to read even books from two-three years ago.

  2. I think that’s a great idea!

    If you’re concerned about only reading newer books, I would suggest alternating your reading—one new book, one old book, one new book, one REALLY old book, so on and so forth. This is what I do for genre, because otherwise, I would just read speculative fiction and the occasional other thing, which isn’t good for me as a reader.

    1. That’s a good plan! I tend to get seduced by shiny new review copies, though, which throws off any plan to read an older book. Bah.

  3. I think I always read newer books but I’ve noticed it more since I started blogging. When I first started blogging I read more older books. But now I read a lot of really new fresh on the shelf books. It’s a shame since there are so many older books worth reading.

    1. It’s definitely tough to read older books when you keep hearing about so many exciting new books coming out and those ones push out the older books you had planned to read.

    1. I think if I try alternating them I might be able to do it. Maybe also if I change my definition of “new” and/or “old.” Hm.

    1. Yay! I’m not sure, though, if I should focus on books that other people can actually get (like ones that’re on Project Gutenberg, for instance), or if that doesn’t matter, or…I still have stuff to work out.

  4. I have trouble with all the shiny new books, too. I accepted too many books for review over the next few months, and I’ve found I don’t like having all my reading time tied up in new stuff. And then on top of that, new books are coming out that I don’t have ARCs of but that I really want to read. But I also want to step back from new new new and read some classics and backlist titles, too.

    As for your potential series, I think it’s a great idea! I look forward to seeing what you highlight.

    1. I know! It’s a tough choice. If I don’t keep reading new books I feel like I’m missing out on stuff, but then I’ve got all these older books to read and, just. Ugh.

  5. I haven’t noticed if I read only newer books or not. Depends on your definition of new too, I suppose. I think my books range from at least the last ten years. I don’t read too many newly published books. But I suppose I don’t read as many books that are published before 1990 and I definitely don’t read enough classics. Something to think about.

    1. I count “new” books as anything from 2000 and up, because of…something with technology, I think? (Maybe something with YA trends?) Books written before 2000 just seem like they’re from a whole different generation of books, to me, so, yeah.

    1. Maybe, though I’d also like to discuss books other people actually have access to. That’s why I like classics– normally they’re either public domain or still in print, so people can go pick up a copy to read for themselves. With some of my OOP/rare children’s books it’s a bit tougher to get a copy sometimes.

    1. They do! Although I worry about if people can get to them or not. I think at least one OOP book I’ve reviewed was going for something like $50 used (I had borrowed it from my university’s library), which isn’t really encouraging for someone who wants to read a book I’ve recommended. Not that I won’t read/review nearly-impossible-to-get books, just…oh, I don’t know.

  6. I feel like I don’t want to read just new books either! But it’s hard because you’re always hearing about upcoming stuff, and few people talk about the books they loved two or three years ago or more.

    I try to read from years past, but it’s hard 🙁

    1. Sometimes I look back on my old reading lists and at the books I read back then that were once uber-popular but now are being shoved back to make room for new popular books. It’s kind of sad, really.

  7. Interestingly, I find myself reading older books since I started blogging. First year, I was reading all over the place because I was so in love with blogger recommendations for EVERYTHING and it all sounded good. But as I’ve felt the crunch of “limited time” such as only so many more years to live to read it all during, I’ve found myself being far more selective in what I pick up next. And so it’s gotten older.

    And then I started accepting ARCs this year, and that threw everything off again. Trying to resist. IT helps that I don’t have an ereader or netgalley would do me in.

    1. NetGalley is like my own personal siren’s call. I’ve managed to limited what I request but it’s SO. DIFFICULT. So many good books! That I want to read! Argh!

  8. I know that I have slowly but surely been moving towards reading more deliberately. I know that I have limited the number of requests I accept and the number of requests I send out to publishers. I can definitely see this trend continuing, as I like finally getting to those books I’ve been so anxious to read.

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