BBAW: Reading and Blogging

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!

I think blogging has made me read more than I ever have. I’ve always gone through phases of reading. Sometimes I’d a lot, other times it would take me over a month to read a book. For as long as I’ve been blogging (3 months) I’ve been finishing a book about every 3 or 4 days. I can’t remember the last time I’ve read this much. So far I’ve read 79 books this year. There is a decent chance I might hit 100 books which absolutely blows my mind.

Of course I’ve discovered books that I would have never heard of without blogging. Before I would just stick to “what’s popular”, you know, the stuff on the shelves at Target or the special displays at the library. Basically I would just stick to what I’ve heard of before. Now I read several blogs written by people who have similar taste in books. If they really like a book, chances are I will too so I check it out! It’s also really nice to hear why someone liked (or didn’t like) a book. Hearing “it’s a good book, you should read it” can get annoying. Blogging has opened my eyes to see that there are so many wonderful books out there that I’ve never heard of before.

I can’t really say if blogging has impacted my book acquisition habits. I’ve buying more books lately because a) I’m done with school and have time to read, b) I’m unemployed and can’t find work so I have nothing else to do when not applying for jobs  and c) Borders was going out of business and I can’t turn down good deals on books that I want to read. I’ll probably use the library more since I’m starting to run out of room for books.

15 thoughts on “BBAW: Reading and Blogging

  1. Ha, running out of room has never stopped me before…I just find space for another shelf 🙂 I love finding bloggers whose tastes are so in synch with my own that I know I’ll like most things they recommend! I think last year, when I started blogging in earnest, was the first time I actually read more than 100 books in a year. It’s such a crazy feeling!

  2. Book blogging will certainly increasing your book count, that’s for sure.

    And the library is a fantastic resource; I don’t know why more book bloggers don’t use it! It just boggles my mind. You can get out-of-print books and other awesome books, plus DVDs.

  3. It’s so funny because I am the exact opposite! I read more classics and more difficult literature prior to blogging. It’s like I didn’t even know contemporary lit existed! It’s crazy how much blogging impacts your reading regardless of which way it takes you!

  4. First of all, welcome to the blogging world! It fun to meet new people. 🙂 Secondly, blogging has made me read more, too… I know about a lot more books and it has broadened my horizons. And, well, my TBR pile has grown, too…

  5. Whenever I start to run out of room for books I do a huge book purge or two and normally that clears up enough space. Of course now nearly all my books are in boxes ANYWAY… 😛

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