I know a whole heap of you won’t be interested in this post at all but that is ok. I wanted to write a reflection piece on how book blogging has affected my relationship with reading and what I’ve learnt from it.
So this first big obvious point is that I read more books now than I used to. Those who know me, know that I read about 3 books between the years 2012 and 2017, I then jumped on a New Years Resolution Band Wagon to read more and low and behold here I am reading 100+ books for three years in a row and my totals keep going up and up…
Blogging has made me more confident in expressing my opinions, not only in the book world but at work and in my home life too. It must be the creation of space to say what I like has allowed me to feel the freedom of being honest about what I think. I don’t write perfectly crafted reviews like some other people but that is ok, it’s my blog, my thoughts, my reviews.
My reading choices (particularly genre) have diversified massively. I used to only really read contemporary fiction and chick-lit and thinking back I cannot believe I hadn’t ever read a thriller/crime/mystery book, which are the staple of my current reading. I have also discovered YA, which I didn’t even know existed AND read more non-fiction than I used to (although still not enough!)
Blogging has made me a little more critical of books and I tend to decide very early on what I’m going to end up rating a book. Now this is a good and a bad thing, I’m often not wrong but the jury is out on whether that is because I’ve set my own goal (and have made my mind up) or because I just know my tastes well… I’d put money on it being the former.
I NEVER re-read books. Despite wanting to, I never get the chance to re-read books now which is a shame as I used to love re-visiting old favourites.
I can get very absorbed in stats when they don’t really mean anything at all. Instagram is the worst for me, I get consistently sucked in my how many likes or comments I have when really, why does it matter? I also look at my WordPress stats a lot but I’m not sure why… especially when I maintain that blogging is for me and ‘I don’t care’, I clearly do at some level.
I take notes while I’m reading to help with group buddy read discussions or to make sure I don’t miss out anything when writing up my review. I NEVER did this before, and lots of people who aren’t book bloggers find this behaviour a little odd and assume it takes away from the reading experience. I’m not sure it does.
Do you agree with any of my points above?
Drop me a comment and let me know what you’ve learnt from being a blogger/reviewer? and if it’s changed your reading habits…