Book Blogger Confessions | 02.18.2013

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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.

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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?

8 thoughts on “Book Blogger Confessions | 02.18.2013

    • Justice says:

      And more variety, right?! I used to get the same recs and types of recs from friends in my “reading circle”; expanding that to the blogoverse (blogiverse? blogverse?) has really broadened my reading range!

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  1. Christine @Buckling Bookshelves says:

    I have the same problem of continuing to add to my list! I read the same types of books, I’m just more aware of new titles coming out and since I’ve learned about all the various places where I can enter contests or request books for review, my to-read pile has just exploded! Sometimes books for review sneak to the top of the pile because I feel I should get to them first, but it’s not like I have anyone asking ME to review their books — anything I’ve gotten has been something I’ve wanted and asked for (from NetGalley, GoodReads giveaways, Shelf Awareness, contests, etc.). I can see why ARC reviews might not always be a reader’s preferred source for a recommendation, but I’d like to think my judgement of a book hasn’t been clouded for the reason I just said. But of course I also love to see glowing reviews of books people have spent their actual money on — and I LOVE to discover an older title that other bloggers recommend that missed my radar somehow!

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    • Justice says:

      I’ve won books in the past and that has put the book ahead on my list, but the majority of books I review are ones I’ve sought out and purchased. Having an Audible membership package has actually saved me money in the long run – audiobooks are very expensive!

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  2. Karen says:

    No one I’m friends with really reads so I just wandered the bookstore to pick a book.

    Now I use reviews and recommendations from other bloggers. It’s great because so many know my tastes and just what I will like.

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