Book Blogger Confessions is a meme that posts the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month, where book bloggers “confess” and vent about topics that are unique to us. Feel free to share, vent and offer solutions.
Today’s Topic: How has blogging and reviewing changed your reading habits? Do you read a genre now that you wouldn’t have tried prior? Or have you been turned off by a genre you used to love?
Thought: Blogging has definitely changed some of my reading habits and opened up a broader world to me. I read far more Paranormal Romance than I think I would if I wasn’t into blogging. It’s hard to say if I would read as widely without blogging, but I think my chances of discovering new material has grown since I first began posting my reading experiences.
I’ve also discovered self-published authors that I don’t think I would have found by myself and my world is richer for them. This goes for traditionally published authors, independant publishers, and small print presses as well. I’ve been able to make some great connections with people I know I would never have come across if it wasn’t for at least having BA.
As for my reading habits, well… Granted I might have some more time on my hands now, but I used to read everywhere I went (travelling, lunch breaks, waiting for appointments), I was able to read in noisy situations, and I still read slower back before blogging. Now I read faster, I’m probably more critical, I notice far more about things like structure and editing, and because I’m keeping a record I’m able to remember more of what I read. So really, while I notice fluctations when it comes to my joy of reading, I think blogging has been one of the best decisions I ever made and has changed my habits for the better.
What about you? Feel free to share in the comments or let me know if you’re taking part on your blog.