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.
– 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?]