Banned Books Week - September 24 - 30

Thursday, September 15, 2011

BBAW Day 4: Reading and Blogging


Because I'm not feeling particularly creative today, I'm not going to be very original in the way I field the questions regarding today's BBAW topic. I hope you will forgive me. *sheepish grin*

Has book blogging changed the way you read?

Yes, definitely. Before, I would just walk to my shelves and pick a book...or, because I own so many books, I had slips of paper with the letters of the alphabet and I would pick one. Whichever letter I picked would be the initial of an author and I would pick a book accordingly. Ahhh, the good ole days! Now, I'm not being negative here because I love reviewing books and discovering new-to-me authors, but sometimes I sigh wistfully when I think about those more simple times.

Have you discovered books you never would have apart from book blogging?

Yes. I have discovered self-published books and Indie books. Some (most) of them have been absolutely wonderful. I've also discovered new genres like steampunk and dystopian (not saying that I had never read a dystopian book in the past, but back then I didn't know what to call them). I have also had my obsession love for historical fiction enhanced by learning about the many excellent and diverse historical authors out there.

How has book blogging affected your book acquisition habits?

This hasn't changed too much. I'm still a huge fan of library sales and I have to admit that, due to my tight budget most of the time, I usually acquire most of my books via these sales or from Goodwill. One thing that has happened though is that I win a lot of giveaways...for books and gift cards. So, I've actually acquired tons of books that I otherwise would not have if not for blogging. I'd like to take this opportunity to once again thank all the blogs/authors I have won books from in the past two years. =O)

Have you made new connections with other readers because of book blogging? 

I have made so many connections with other readers in the past two years. I know in the real world there is no way I would have ever met so many like-minded and diverse people. So many fellow readers/bloggers have opened my eyes to new and exciting genres and books and I am truly grateful for it. I really can't see my life ever being without the book blogging community and all of the lovers of reading I have met and interacted with not only within book blogging, but also via social media. I think we should all move to a private island and establish our own utopian society! Who's with me?!


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  1. Great post. I also discovered books which did not make the cut to be on the local bookstores' shelf-for-hire.

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  2. Great response here! I love how you used to pick a slip of paper to find your next book (spoken like a true book junkie :) I used to close my eyes and point to an unread book on my shelf.
    I'm happy to have found your blog; it looks quite interesting! Rae

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  3. I love that you would pick letters to help you choose a book to read! How fun!

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  4. Add me to the list of impressed! Love how you used to choose your books, as I never would have thought of that! :D

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  5. I'd be happy to be on an island of book bloggers!

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  6. I have so many books to read that I actually very rarely go to charity sales anymore... I used to all the time.

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  7. Book blogging has fundamentally changed how and what I read

    I am stopping by from the Phiippines to see how book blogging has changed your reading life

    How Book Blogging Transformed My Reading Life

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  8. I love the idea of picking a slip of paper to help choose your next read. I'm horrible about not wanting to necessarily read the book I "need" to read next.

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  9. I haven't done the slip of paper thing before, but I would close my eyes and reach towards the bookcase.

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