Hi everyone! I'm back from vacation - we had a great time! I didn't get in a lot of reading (mostly on the plane), but that's ok because I got a lot of quality time with my niece and nephews! Today I'm delving into how blogging has changed my reading habits. It wasn't something I expected, but becoming a book blogger has actually had a big impact on what and how I read.
I read a lot faster than I used to.
I used to read maybe 70 books a year, which is still a lot, but last year, the year I started to blog, I read 130 books. Instead of lingering over one book for a week, now I read at least two books a week. Now that I have an ever-growing TBR, I want to read everything, and the only way I can read more is to read faster!
I go to my library a lot.
Like, all the time. At least once a week. I don't have the money to buy books all the time and especially not if I'm reading at such a high rate. I really rely on my library and I'm so lucky they have a great collection.
I read more new releases.
I never really used to pay attention to publication dates; I would just read whatever looked interesting. Now I'm constantly coming across new books (through Goodreads and especially through all my fellow bloggers!) and I want to read them as soon as they're released.
I'm making notes in my head as I read, even if I'm not going to review a book.
I think I read a bit more critically and I make mental notes of things I would have discussed had I been writing a review. All those things we talk about in reviews (character development, plotlines, writing style) - I seem to notice all these things more.
I'm branching out and trying new genres.
I'm more willing to try something different, especially based on recommendations from other bloggers. Reading so many other blogs has really opened my eyes to all the books that are out there and genres that I never even knew existed. It's inspired me to start my own feature in which I read books from genres that are outside my normal comfort zone, and there are also some genres, like YA and fantasy, that I'm reading pretty regularly now that I didn't before.
How has blogging changed your reading habits?