Today I have Felicia, the Geeky Blogger here to talk about how blogging has affected her reading habits. And then she has a special something something for you!
I am so happy to be crashing at Amanda’s pad for today. I am also thrilled to be talking about one of my favorite subjects: Reading and how it has changed since I started blogging. I have been at blogging for 3.5 years so parts of the changes are blogging based and some are technology/industry based. Before I get started I wanted to throw at a quick thank you to Amanda for letting me ramble!
A little bit about me: I have been blogging for 6 years but finally split my book blog off to its own entity 3.5 years ago. When I started my book blog, I had no idea that there was a book blogging community. I started it to track how many books I could read in the year. I had no idea that people would read my blog so I didn’t put much thought into what I was reading or what I thought about the books. A lot has changed over the years (to be expected) but what changed the most were my reading habits. I have to say that truly shocked me!
BEFORE BOOK BLOGGING (or BBB):
- I would browse books in bookstores relying heavily on the back cover blurbs and covers to make my purchasing/reading decisions.
- I would get frustrated that my favorite genre (PNR) was very limited on the shelves at the bookstore. I would have to hunt and hunt to find the books that I needed. This was a particular problem with series. I would read out of order (hated it) or just stock pile till I could find them all.
- I would pretty much buy whatever PNR books were out because I wasn’t sure if I would see them on the book shelves again. My reading was solely based on what was available.
- I only had a few friends and family members that I could talk to about books. They would usually wait for me to read something and tell them if it was good.
- The only other genre I read was Mystery/Thrillers but the same problem reared its ugly head: finding all the books in the series and being very limited in choices. I really hated that my reading was limited to few choices.
AFTER BOOK BLOGGING (or ABB):
- I now find most of books through book bloggers, goodreads, or library thing. (NOTE: I didn’t even know about goodreads or library thing before book blogging. These were probably my favorite finds in my first year). They have changed (forever) how I pick books to read.
- I have discovered and fell in love with genres that I wouldn’t have even glanced at prior to book blogging. My genres now include horror (never saw that coming), contemporary romance (huh? I hated that), historical romance (reliving my original falling in love with romance), zombies (never saw that coming either), mystery/thrillers (making a huge comeback in my world), independents (never knew they existed), and YA (which I would have NEVER even looked at if not for book blogging).
- I have an expanded group of friends to chat about books and that has a direct impact on my reading. I bump up books on my TBR whenever a friend says that it rocked or is a “must” read.
- I plan reads with friends so that we can discuss a book! I would have never done this previously.
- I branch out of my comfort zone way and very seldom question doing it. Ok, I still question it occasionally with YA but I try to be way more open minded.
- I kind of quit reading mysteries/thrillers for a while (which made me sad) because of the overload of choices that I found through book blogging! That is a negative in my estimation but I am changing that as we speak!
Book Blogging has changed my reading practices drastically and in most cases for the better. I realize that part of that comes with advancement of technology: more people being online, ereaders, authors being more accessible online to promote their books, availability of books to be shipped with little or no shipping costs, and social networking. There is a chance that some of the changes in my reading habits would have been organic to the times but I believe that book blogging accelerated that change. I also believe that book blogging has made me a better reader. I appreciate books and the act of reading more! Reading not only fulfills its number 1 goal of entertaining me but now it has the added pleasure of sharing my joy with others.
So how has book blogging (or reading book blogs) changed your reading habits?
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