3 ways my reading habits changed as a book blogger

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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

  1. Speed

    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.

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    How can I be behind when I didn’t sign up for a challenge?
  2. Choice

    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.

  3.  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?

Questions

  1. How do you like to read?
  2. Do you ever feel pressure to read or not to read certain types of books?
  3. Have you picked up any silly habits to try and ‘fit in’ as a book blogger?

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2 Comments

  1. My reading has skewed to the newer books over the years but it isn’t from an attempt to be trendy. Rather, I learn about so many new books from other bloggers that sound so good I want to read them now and so that is what I end up doing — reading the new and shiny because it distracts me from the older books that have been on my reading list for ages. I have to make a conscious effort to mix it it up but I don’t think about it all that much. I just red what I am in the mood for and don’t worry about it 🙂

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