I wasn’t planning on participating in the Book Blogger Appreciation Week, besides reading great blogs and meeting lovely people on twitter that is, but I find today’s topic very interesting. Here it is:
“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!”
So, I read a few posts today and noticed that a lot of book bloggers are saying that blogging not only changed how fast they read and how many books they read in a year, but it has also changed what kind of books they read. The former I totally understand, but I find the latter a bit strange since for me this has not been the case.
I’ve always liked reading the classics, and literary fiction books*. So it’s only very rarely that I’ll be reading a book that can be found in a ‘new releases’ list. Blogging has not changed that. I still read the books I would have read anyway. Which unfortunately means that I’m not reviewing terribly popular and ‘of-the-moment’ books, but I don’t mind that one bit.
Actually, I get a little peeved when all the posts in my google reader are reviews of the same newly released (or even not yet released!) book. And it more often than not happens to be a YA book. Which is totally fine, I’ve liked some YA books like The Great and Terrible Beauty trilogy, but isn’t there so much more than that? I know there are some brilliant bloggers (like Adam and Bina and Kristie) and a whole community out there who are not talking solely about YA books, I just think that we could have more variety. It seems to me that the majority of active bloggers like their YA literature a lot. So they are mostly talking about books I haven’t read and probably never will, which sadly means that I’m not as involved in the blogging community as I would like.
There also seems to be a lot of love for audiobooks, which I don’t share. I always felt that nothing beats reading a book, holding it in your hands and turning the pages. I know that audiobooks would allow me to ‘read’ a lot more books, which is something to think about, but for the time being I don’t mind that the number of books I read in a year is significantly smaller than that of other’s.
I suppose, basically, this post could be titled “On how stubborn I am” since I seem to be resisting any change to my reading habits. I would love to hear your thoughts on this. If you are a blogger, have your reading habits changed because of blogging? How?
*Of course, I do read books that belong to other genres occasionally.