Today’s Topic: 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!
I started out not knowing the answer to this question. Obviously, book blogging has impacted my reading in some way — how could it not? But I started writing this post with no idea how much.
My first impulse when I went to answer that question — How has book blogging affected your book acquisition habits? — was to go to my master list of books read in 2011 and see which ones I could directly attribute to blogging. I got through April before I realized this was going to take forever and probably be impossible because, at this point in my reading life, almost everything I read is a recommendation from somewhere.
Certainly, it’s not all bloggers. I picked up quite a few review copies from publisher pitches and recommendations, but I wouldn’t get those if I didn’t have a book blog. I get others from professional reviews or book sites, but I probably wouldn’t be reading those if book blogging hadn’t made the book publishing world so interesting for me to read about all the time. It seems impossible to split out my reading like that.
However, I can look at the list and come up with at least few books that are directly attributable to individual blogger’s reviews or recommendations:
- Blood Work by Holly Tucker — I read this one for a paid review, but I connected with Holly over an interest in medical nonfiction on Twitter first, which put her book on my radar in the first place. .
- Reality Bites Back by Jennifer L. Pozner — I read this one because Cass (Bonjour, Cass!) made it sound amazing.
- The Convert by Deborah Baker — I read this as part of Jen (Devourer of Books) and Nicole’s (Linus’s Blanket) BOOK CLUB, which I joined because Jen reached out and said she thought I’d be interested in the book.
- Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind by Ellen F. Brown and John Wiley — I read this one because Rebecca (The Book Lady’s Blog) had such an enthusiastic review about it.
- The Center of Everything by Laura Moriarty — Melissa (The Betty and Book Chronicles) was excited about this book and pointed me to it when it was on sale.
- Up for Renewal by Cathy Alter — Meg (Write, Meg!) recommended this one after I wrote a post about how much I love stunt nonfiction.
- A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin — Lots of bloggers (and non-bloggers) have raved about this, but I finally got my kick to finish it after Trisha (eclectic/eccentric) started posted about her progress reading the book and inspired me.
Like I said, that list really is a lot longer because of how much book blogging has impacted my reading. I can hardly go into a bookstore anymore and not see dozens and dozens of books that I’ve read a great blogger review of. It’s amazing my TBR shelves are not fuller than they actually are.
That said, I want to turn this post around a little bit: Readers, are there any books you’ve picked up specifically because of a recommendation that I made (either personally or just a review here on the blog)? I really curious about this one!