Thursday, September 15, 2011

BBAW: Readers



Welcome to day four of Book Blogger Appreciation Week everyone! Building off of this year’s theme of Cultivating a Community of Bloggers and Readers we will be sharing how this book blogging community has affected our reading style.


I can definitely say that since starting Amused By Books almost two years ago my reading habits have changed. I can also say that pretty much all of these changes are positive ones!


Last year, after reading many reviews for audiobooks I picked up one myself for the first time. I hated it. However, at the urging of book bloggers I tried again and guess what? I loved what I was listening to and haven't looked back. Audio books have supplemented my reading, helped me while away the time during long drives, and made cleaning my house so much easier. I can firmly state that without other bloggers encouragement I never would have picked them up and I am so glad I did.


Another great thing that blogging has done for my reading habits is it's really helped me analyze what I like to read and why. For every book I read, I have to sit down and review it. I have to write definitive reasons as to why I loved or didn't love a book. I can't just say "this book was awesome, read it" or "blech". This has caused me to really look within myself and be a much more introspective reader this year; really choosing what I do and don't want to spend my time reading.


Which brings me to the last way my reading habits have drastically changed since blogging. I have never had so many books in my house in my life and it has never caused so many arguments as to where to put them! We live in a relatively tiny space. I have made a pledge that what comes in, once I read it, must go out. The problem is that often in an average week, I take in far more books than I read (and therefore go out). This is a space problem. We have expanded shelving, bought new shelves, created piles, made notes to selves that the next house has to have built in book shelves. I love it, my boyfriend hates it. While yes, this is a fantastic problem to have. It's kind of unbelievable. An embarrassment of riches. So many books to store between books sent to me for review and books I buy because I can't wait to read them myself. I never would have been exposed to so many fabulous books without you all.


And for that, I, without a doubt thank you all (even if my boyfriend is shaking his fist)!

18 comments:

  1. Ha ha ha - I can totally relate to the storage issue!!! My hubby cannot understand why I would ever purchase another book (I guess he doesn't understand what obsession is all about!). I still have not figured out how to store all these books - and despite my recent clearing out and donating binge, the piles do not seem to be getting any smaller!

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  2. I guess I am not the only one who can blame my overflowing book shelves on the blogging community...ha! I get so many good recommendations that I find myself buying more books than I ever did before I started blogging. I guess there are worse problems to have!

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  3. Great post! I see all my reviews as a reading journal, and I love going backl and thinking "oh, yeah that book was great."

    I completely understand the storage issues. I bring books over to my parents when they are on vacation and stragetically place them in storage. :)

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  4. Book bloggers encouraged me to try audiobooks too. Unfortunately, I never got into it, but I am glad I gave it a shot because I never would have otherwise!

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  5. It's always nice to know I'm not the only one with more books than shelving space! (And I love your picture of the color coordinated shelf - it might drive me crazy trying to find the book I was looking for, but it really does look lovely!)

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  6. Oh boy, I think we're all struggling under the (literal) weight of our bookshelves! Since I started blogging, I've definitely taken in far more books than I could possibly read in a reasonable amount of time. My boyfriend just purchased tons of bookcases from Borders (RIP) -- and I'm pretty sure my stacks will be getting a new home!

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  7. Yeah, another audiobook convert! I always tell people that they need to try a couple different audiobooks in a few different situations before they settle on their verdict. I think there are many more factors that come into play with audiobooks than there are with print books: narrator, what else you're doing, pacing, etc. I'm glad you found some that worked for you!

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  8. My room at my parents place is my library these days, lol. Just no room in this tiny flat

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  9. Oh, I forgot to mention audiobooks (which I only started on a couple of months ago) in my post! Aside from that, my experiences have been pretty much the same as yours, and I agree that they've all been positive changes (stacks o' unread books all over the house notwithstanding...).

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  10. Book bloggers got me started on audio books too!

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  11. I hear you on running out of space! My boyfriend says 90% of the possessions in the house are mine, because the books take up 90% of the space.

    And yes to audiobooks! I was a nonbeliever before blogging, but totally converted to audiobooks with a few well written reviews.

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  12. I haven't really branched into audiobooks yet...

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  13. We've run out of space for books in our home, too, and my husband isn't too pleased...especially now that books are being stacked on our bedroom floor!

    I think it's great that bloggers encouraged you to give audio books another try and that you ended up enjoying it. I still have to give one a try.

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  14. I think we all go through that. Then there are the review books. So for me it's a learning process of how to balance everything. New follower. Come visit me over at Livre De Amour-Books of Love Blog.

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  15. Know exactly what you mean, as my TBR piles have exploded thanks to my fellow bloggers! I used to scrounge around for book recommendations, but now there's so many to choose from! Love it! :)

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  16. I have not yet given audiobooks a try, but so many bloggers swear by them I just may one day break down and listen to one!

    I like that you make sure to write definitive reasons why you liked or didn't like a book. It's so easy to fall back on "awesome!" or "blech!"

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  17. My mom and dad recently came to stay for a few days and someone asked my mom if she was taking enough books (we were going to be spending a lot of time in the hospital). Are you kidding, she asked them, Lisa's house is like a library. Sadly, it's true--you're absolutely right; way more books coming in than going out!

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  18. I agree - I have a much better idea of my reading taste since blogging. Pre-blogging I had no idea why I loved/hated a book, but the analysing we do for the post has really helped me to understand my reading taste. I see myself in almost all of your other points too - especially the storage problem!

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