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BBAW 2011: Reading and Blogging

Like many people, I couldn’t resist today’s prompt …

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!

Book blogging has completely changed the way I read – not just blogging, but other bloggers too. I still remember how I actually once struggled to discover new books to read (I know, I can’t believe it any more either) and now I’m buried under an avalanche of TBR books. I used to have a stack of books as high as my bed, and now I have a bookcase full of unread books in one country and a second in another. I have over 500 books and it’s safe to say I’d be happy to be reading any of them right now.

Now, with other bloggers to guide me in new directions, I have discovered a ridiculous number of books I want to read. I’ve branched out, into sci-fi, memoirs, travelogues, urban fantasy, and so much more. With review copies in hand, particularly with Netgalley, I can read more current releases than ever, and if I try, feel part of the conversation. Before blogging, I didn’t know the conversation existed.

It’s also changed the way I actually read, in that I think about books more than I ever could before. I often start phrasing my review while actually still reading, deciding certain aspects I’ll point out that I either enjoyed or disliked. I also love that I can go back to my reviews – especially if I’m reading a series – and remember how I felt about previous books. I often forgot, except for a vague “like” or “didn’t like” vibe. Now, I never have to worry about it, as long as I’m up on my reviews that is.

I can also say that I read tons more than I used to. Even if I turn out reading less this year than last year (which is almost a certainty), I still read twice as much as I read in 2006, before I got involved in any online book communities. I read faster, and I think I read more deeply. All good, and all thanks to blogging.

Has your reading changed due to blogging?

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