Wow this week is just flying by! Today is the fourth day of BBAW and the topic for discussion is all about being a reader.
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 love this discussion point – and I am going to address all of the topics.
Before I became a book blogger, I read maybe 30 books a year. I often went days without picking up a book – distracted by life, television, or simple lethargy. When I discovered the world of book blogging, my reading increased to close to 100 books a year. I became obsessed with books – reading them, talking about them, writing about them. I had always been a reader, but now I was an uber-reader (is that even a word?). Not only did the volume of my reading increase, but the quality of the books I was reading was elevated. I joined several Yahoo book groups and began to be exposed to more literary fiction – a genre which very quickly became one of my favorites. I subscribed to hundreds of blogs and found (much to my delight) more and more exceptional recommendations for books I might never have considered reading before. I started joining reading challenges which quickly got out of control.
And then book blogs began to garner the attention of authors and publishers…
Suddenly my home was inundated with books. “Free” books started arriving at my house, but that did not stop me from purchasing the latest fiction being released. I was glued to my computer, jotting down books that my favorite bloggers were recommending, creating wish lists of books I just had to read.
I have, since those early days, calmed down a bit. Practicality dictated that I needed to stop obsessively accepting every review book and recognize that there were not enough hours in the day to read everything I wanted to read. That said, I still have more books on my shelves than I can read. And I still routinely visit bookstores and buy books which call out to me. My reading has not slowed down.
Perhaps the best part of all of this literature frenzy was not the physical books, but the people behind them. I have met some wonderful people through my blog – people who I now consider my friends. I have connected with publicists, authors, other bloggers, and readers. I never get tired of sharing their enthusiasm for books. I am constantly amazed at their generosity and kindness. Book blogging has most certainly enhanced my life…and I am very grateful for this community.
How about YOU? How has book blogging changed YOUR life?
Read other bloggers’ thoughts on this topic by visiting this post on the BBAW blog and following the links.