Thursday, September 15, 2011

BBAW, Day 4: Reading Habits!

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!

Book blogging has drastically changed the way I read and the books I choose. I mentioned in my previous post that before I started blogging, I belonged to Yahoo! Groups, and that's where I really gained my introduction to talking (typing) about books with others. Like so many of my fellow bloggers, I don't have a ton of friends in my daily life who read, so I was looking for a bookish, conversational fix.

With all that conversation -- and with the rise of book blogging -- came LOTS of recommendations! With a decent library system in the town where I live, coupled with the MANY Half Price Books stores, along with my Nook addiction, my book collection has exploded. Given, it was much worse 7 years ago than it is now. I realize I can't keep everything and I won't re-read everything, so I purge quite often, sell books to used bookstores, and donate quite a few of them to my stepkiddos' school libraries and the college library where I work.

Since I've been blogging, I can look over previous years' reading and see lots of ebb and flow. In 2009, I had a decent year as far as the numbers went, but I only read ONE novel. ONE! I have no idea how that even happened. 2010 was a lesser numbers year since I had a baby and took on some new duties at work. So far 2011 is the lowest numbers year I've had in about eight years, BUT, thanks to reading lots of lovely blogs, I made a big decision for myself. If I'm going to read less, I'm going to read more fulfilling-to-me material. Typically, I feel quite rewarded by reading literary fiction. That's totally personal preference and not a judgement. Those are the books I usually hug when I turn the last page and they go on my keeper shelves.

With this personal proclivity in mind, I dove headlong into prize winners and sundry literary fiction this year. I made it a personal goal to read through all of the 2011 Morning News Tournament of Books contenders (probably won't finish by the end of the year, but it's been fun trying!). I also joined the Orange July event and I've paid more attention to awards this year. I've also begun to turn down many review books that are offered to me and only request the novels I REALLY want to read (The Night Circus, The Summer Without Men).

Bloggers, of course, have fueled the fire of my interest in literary fiction. Blogs like Nonsuch Book, nomadreader, and Literary Musings are just a few of the lovely enablers I read regularly.

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