Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB that asks you to muse about one of several “bookish” questions… or, you can just ramble on about anything you like that pertains to books! You can join in by clicking the graphic above. Go ahead–it’s fun!
Here’s my musing for this week–
Have your reading habits changed since you began blogging about books?
I started my blog on a total whim about ten months ago, and I really didn’t have too many expectations other than wanting to share my views about books and literacy (and the occasional side trip into random memes!) with anyone who might care to read them. What I didn’t expect was the effect my blog would have on my reading life! Here are the main changes that have occurred since blogging about books became a part of my everyday routine:
I’ve become much more conscious of WHY I like or dislike a particular book. I’ve always had strong opinions about the kinds of books I like, but it’s a whole different ballgame when you need to articulate WHY you like or dislike a particular book! Since I’ve started blogging about books I’ve become much more thoughtful about what I’m reading while I’m reading it. I’m also a bit more contemplative about a book after I finish it—I’m deciding if I want to post about it, and, if so, what I’ll say. I know that when I read posts about books I want to know more than a simple “Loved it!’ or “Hated it!”—so I try to back up my opinions with some meaningful comments when I do choose to write a post about a book I’ve read.
I’m more systematic now that I’ve joined Goodreads. I can’t believe I waited so long to become active on Goodreads. I’d opened an account a couple of years ago, but I never really used it. Once I started book blogging, it became very apparent that I needed a better way to keep track of what I wanted to read as well as what I’ve read. Plus, at the end of the year so many book bloggers were posting these great lists of what they’d read over the past year, and I knew that there was no way I’d ever be able to join in without a concrete way to keep track of my reading life. Now I can’t imagine not having a Goodreads account. And—I’ve even been lucky enough to win some free books!
My TBR list has exploded! I thought I was pretty tuned in to the book world before I started blogging, but I had absolutely NO IDEA how many great recommendations I would get once I began posting about books and actively reading other book blogs. And this brings us to . . .
Branching out into other genres, authors and topics. My TBR list has not only exploded, but it has expanded into areas that I probably wouldn’t have been eager to explore before I started posting about books. I’ve always read pretty widely, but I’m digging into even more genres now—I’ve started reading more YA, I’ve read my first graphic novel (with plans to read more!) and I’ve been introduced to some new authors that I’m certain I wouldn’t have discovered on my own.
How about you? Has blogging about books changed anything about your own reading habits? Please share!