BBAW – Reading and Blogging
September 15, 2011 37 Comments
I’m participating in the Book Blogger Appreciation Week. There are Book Blog nominations, giveaways and blog posts as part of the BBAW celebrations.
The blog post for today is about : Reading and Blogging
BBAW says: “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!”
Go to the BBAW hosting site to find links to other blogs taking part in the BBAW. These will also discuss the same topic today!
There are four questions in the BBAW topic description and my answer is a quadruple YES (as is the answer of most book bloggers, I expect).
I am more conscious of what I read while I am reading: I tell myself to remember this or that for my review (sometimes I write it down). I start to make up a review in my head before I even finish the book. I definitely read with in the back of my mind that I’m going to write a review about it.
I have discovered lots of books that I wouldn’t have without book blogging. For some part this is due directly to other bloggers: for instance, I’ve started to read Steampunk because I was curious about it after reading about it on several blogs. It’s not going to be my favorite genre but it’s fun to read a Steampunk book every now and then.
On the other hand, I’ve started to receive review copies from publishers and they are often books I would not have picked up myself: because they are not readily available in the Netherlands or because they would not have been brought to my attention. So I read State of Wonder by Ann Pratchett, Echoes from the Dead and The Quarry by Johann Theorin.
My book aquisition habits have changed a lot. I still go to the library, but less often and I usually allow myself only one book at a time. Buying books doesn’t happen very often at all now. The reason for all this is that my to-read pile has grown out of proportion. This is a side-effect of book blogging: there are some ARCs to be read (but I try to keep up to date with those), I have discovered bookmooch.com through other bloggers so I’ve been swapping books with people far away and nearby.
And let’s not forget the giveaways! I seem to be quite lucky, I win often (I’ve won over 40 books since June last year). I try to compensate by running giveaways myself and at local book swaps, I bring in a lot of books so other people can benefit. ** Current giveaway: Tolstoy and the Purple Chair **
Finally, I’ve met lots of new people through book blogging. Some have an almost identical taste to me, so their recommendations go on my wishlist.
My reading life has become larger, with more variety in the books I read. I’m better informed about new books. But I also feel stressed sometimes about finishing ARCs on time, about finally reading those books that I won in a giveaway (I like to show to the giver that I’ve actually read the book that I won, rather than putting it on the shelf for the next ten years). And as I’m on a “Post A Day” schedule (self-imposed, of course), I sometimes feel stressed about getting a blog post out on time.
Overall book blogging has been great fun. I just have to find the time to read… 🙂