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BBAW 2011: How Blogging Affects Reading

Today's topic for Book Blogger Appreciation Week is Reading. There are four questions posed, and I'm going to focus on three of them.

Has book blogging changed the way you read? 
I'm a much more critical reader now. I find that I don't want to waste my time on books that aren't well-written and don't pull me in fairly quickly. There are so many books available to me and I have a limited amount of time to read. So I want to be sure I'm using that time doing something I enjoy, not struggling to read a book I don't like. 

Have you discovered books you never would have apart from book blogging? 
Absolutely. Five of my ten favorite books read in 2010 came from authors or publicists (A Hundred Feet Over Hell by Jim Hooper, The Last Christian by David Gregory, City of Dreams by William Martin, Insignificant Moments by Jeremy Asher, and Patch by Mucheru Njaga). I never would have read those books if I wasn't a blogger. Some aren't even available in my local library now, so I doubt I would have been exposed to them at all.

This year, I've discovered a few new authors that I love and will definitely read more. Once again, I've found them through blogging. In case you're interested, they are: Jussi Adler-Olsen, Ethan Cross, David Sakmyster, Leonard D. Hilley II and Layton Green.

How has book blogging affected your book acquisition habits? 
One of the negative ways blogging has affected the books I choose is that I tend to pick fewer long books because I "need" to read books quickly to keep up with the blog and author requests. I find that I look at the length of books that sound good to me, and often I will decline reading them because they would take too long to read. I hope in 2012 to find a way around this restriction I've put on myself.

As far as actually acquiring books, I buy fewer books now because I get so many for free. And I've discovered new places to get books, like NetGalley, which wouldn't have been available to me if I wasn't blogging.

What about you? How has blogging changed your reading habits? Check out the BBAW website for more bloggers' thoughts on this topic.


  1. I agree that a lot of the time I stay away from super long books. I just finished The Alienist, by Caleb Carr, which was pretty long and it took me ten days to read!I caught up on all my reviews during that time.

  2. After reading this I realised, I am reading more 'new' authors these days.
    I would not have found their novels and I would have missed some great reads


  3. Net Galley is new to me so that's good to know about (although I don't have an ereader). I agree about becoming much more critical - life's too short and too full to waste it on books that don't sing to me!

  4. Yes, I have read a lot of books because of recommendations from bloggers that I probably wouldn't have read otherwise.

  5. I gave up on accepting review books a couple of years ago for the very reason you said - I was reading only what I HAD to read, with no time to read what I wanted to read.

    I still write reviews and notify the authors, but they're books I choose with no obligations.

    I do still request review books from kids' publishers because part of my freelance writing work is kids' reviews.

    I hope you find the right balance for you!



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