Welcome fellow BBAW celebrants. I hope you’re enjoying this week of special activities honoring book bloggers. Below is the Quirky Girls’ submission for our daily topic.
The Topic for Thursday:
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!
Before November 2008: I read books that caught my fancy as I wandered the stacks at the library or bookstores. I had a few favorite authors and would buy their books when they came out in paperback. Sometimes I would receive a hardback as a gift. (The ultimate treat!) I didn’t know any authors and I didn’t know that publishers hired publicists to market their books. Occasionally, I might read a book that appeared on a bestseller list – while it was still on the list.
After I began book blogging: My reading life has changed in so many ways. Today I receive book recommendations from other book bloggers on a daily basis. They come from bloggers all over the world. My Wish List is so long, I’d have to live at least a millennium in order to read them all. I find it amazing, but I’ve received emails from authors and publishers wanting me to read their books!!! A while back I was looking at a list of the current Top Ten books and noticed I’d already read eight of them.
Other changes within my reading include the type of books I read. I’ve always enjoyed reading children’s books, even after my children were grown. (I like to keep up with the Newberry winners.) What book blogging has done is introduced me to the wonderful world of Young Adult books. If it hadn’t been for fellow book bloggers, I would have missed out on the amazing world Jennifer Donnelly created in Northern Lights and Shannon Hale’s Book of a Thousand Days, to mention just two recent reads.
Prior to book blogging, I never went near a graphic novel. (I’m not counting the comic books I read as a child.) Book bloggers introduced me to Persepolis (both books) by Marjane Satrapi and French Milk by Lucy Knisley and The Arrival by Shaun Tan. I could go on and on. These novels are top notch – they combine creative writing with creative drawings or art. It’s just as satisfying but way above my childhood favorite: Little Lulu.
The other big change in my reading life caused by book bloggers is the special competitiveness brought about by book challenges. This is the third year I’ve signed up for over 15 different challenges. (I know what you’re thinking, but I just can’t help myself.) I’ve joined everything from the Global Challenge to the Social Justice Challenge to Cozy Mysteries to the Thrilers Challenge to the Read the Book, See the Movie Challenge. I went so far as to accept the challenge to read all of Agatha Christie’s books in publication order. (Right now I’m reading number 25 of the 87 she wrote.) I also managed to start two challenges of my own: the All Things Alcott Challenge and the Foodie’s Reading Challenge.
It’s easy for me to get carried away and join all the challenges that come along or to even start one or two. They are an enormous amount of fun and a great way to connect with other like-minded readers around the world. Without those challenges I never would have become good friends with so many great people.
Yes, book blogging has changed my reading life in a very positive way. I look back at the list of books I’ve read the last three years and I’m pleased with the diversity of it. In turn, that wide variety in reading has expanded my knowledge of the world and my place in it.
How has book blogging changed your reading life?