Book Blogger Confessions is a meme that posts the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month, where book bloggers “confess” and vent about topics that are unique to us. Feel free to share, vent and offer solutions.
Today’s Topic: How has blogging and reviewing changed your reading habits? Do you read a genre now that you wouldn’t have tried prior? Or have you been turned off by a genre you used to love?
I think my reading habits have changed a lot since I started blogging. First of all, there’s a huge community out there. I’ve found quite a few bloggers who have similar interests and like a lot of the same books (across genres). When I see a review of 4+ stars, I know it’s something I should consider reading as well. I’ve actually seen books featured on websites and disregarded them, only to add them back after seeing enough favorable reviews from my favorite book bloggers (and not as ARCs or publisher-provided books). I guess it just goes to show you how strong word of mouth advertising can be!
I also participated in a couple of discussion giveaways last year, which helped me discover authors that never would have crossed my path otherwise. Beforehand, I might have gotten some recs from friends; more than likely, I was just picking stuff off the shelves at the bookstore.
The big downside is that I have so many books I want to read but I keep adding to the list, so I end up shelving things for years!
What about you guys? Have your reading habits changed since you’ve been a book blogger? What about reading habits shifting for other reasons?