As a book blogger, my relationship with books and reading changed. Today, I want to talk about 3 ways my reading habits changed since I became a “book blogger.”
In the past, my husband teased me for how quickly I read. How many books a week I go through. How much money I spend on reading a month, oops. However, I wasn’t trying to read in any particular way. I wasn’t trying to get through the stories, it was just my natural rhythm.
Yet, as soon as I put on this hat of “book blogger” my relationship with reading has changed.
How reading changes as a book blogger
How quickly I am going through books is changing. All the sudden, I am trying hard to get books finished for a Sunday, so I can write my typical Sunday book review post. If I wasn’t a blogger, I would finish whenever I finished, and never think about it. I know it sounds silly, but there is a lot of pressure to keep churning out books.
I am not participating in any of the challenges either. Some bloggers do things like 10 books in 30 days and such, and I don’t know how they do those and enjoy it. Even my Goodreads says I’m behind, and I didn’t sign up for any challenge! I only add the books I have reviewed to Goodreads.
As a blogger, I feel silly now binge reading a series. In the past, if I found an author I liked, boy howdy, I’d binge the heck out of his/her whole catalogue. Now, I try to be more balanced in my choices. Picking different authors, different genres, so that you don’t get bored of me writing about the same things.
This one is also a little bit for me. I want to pick different books so that I have different things to write about. It is challenging if I have read too many books in a series to talk about them in unique and interesting ways. I tend to just write one post about the whole series instead.
- New (trendy?) books
In my pre-blogger days, I never thought about whether a book had been out for 1 day, a year, or 100 years. It didn’t matter to me at all. Now, I tend to choose books that have not been out that long. Honestly, I’m not sure why I am doing this. I guess there is something about wanting to get a review out before there are a zillion reviews. But I don’t know why I care about that. I also want to appear trendy, like I am on the cutting edge of reading, but again, writing that down makes me feel quite a bit silly.
So, now that I’ve got those daft insecurities off my chest, maybe I can go back to reading the way I enjoy. Not the way I think I am “supposed” to read. Sheesh, I am 30 years old, you’d think I’d have grown out of this sort of insecurity.
So, I’m going to try and do better. Hold me to it, okay?
- How do you like to read?
- Do you ever feel pressure to read or not to read certain types of books?
- Have you picked up any silly habits to try and ‘fit in’ as a book blogger?