Thursday, September 15, 2011
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)!