Day 4 of BBAW brings us one of those important questions.
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!
In the 6.5 years of blogging I have done, blogging has radically changed my reading. For. the. better. Not too long ago, I realized I had been tracking my reading for 10 years. I started in 2001. So I started putting together a spreadsheet of each years books and what I had rated them. And something became startlingly apparent; I was reading better books. In 2001, I read aLOTof stinkers. I read 74 books in 2001 and only really liked 19 of them. That was the year I discovered Joanne Harris, so 3 of those are her books. And Slammerkin. Oh Slammerkin….
Anyway. So far this year, I’ve also read 74 books and honestly? I can’t think of one I have an active dislike for. Except maybe 1…. Same for last year. Last year was the year I discovered the magic of Terry Pratchett and yes, that was thanks to a book blogger (thank you Debi!!). I started blogging in 2005 and not only has my quantity steadily increased (in 2003, I read 31 books. Granted, that was the year my daughter was born. I was slightly distracted) the quality has markedly increased. If anyone says book bloggers don’t have influence, well, they are quite ignorant. Just this year, I’ve read (thanks to a book blogger review or recommendation):
Illyria by Elizabeth Hand (Ana, who loves Elizabeth Hand)
The Bone series by Jeff Smith (Debi, with heavy influencing by BethFishReads)
The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffeneggar (several, but the one that stands out is Jenn)
All the Terry Pratchett books I’ve read/listened to (Debi)
Tender Morsels (Kelly, Ana, and Chris)
The Coffins of Little Hope by Tim Schaffert (don’t remember who)
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson (I think Ana, but I’m not sure)
Faery Tale: One Woman’s Search for Enchantment in a Modern World by Signe Pike (Neil Gaiman. No, really. He blogged about it, I think it should count.)
The Kitchen Daughter by Jael McHenry (I think I was Swapna)
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (several people recommended this one to me; Marg, Carl, Kelly….) (and thank you again) (geez, I adore this book)
Oryx & Crake by Margaret Atwood
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (like I needed much pushing; Ana, Chris, etc)
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (long time ago, can’t remember)
Tomorrow When the War Began (Galleysmith and BethFishReads)
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (I believe My Friend Amy is the one who posted the book trailer to her Tumblr)
Yes, My Darling Daughter by Margaret Leroy (I believe this was Swapna too, it was a year or two ago)
Hate List by Jennifer Brown (Galleysmith)
Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol (Ana and Chris)
Looking for Alaska by John Green (Debi)
The Stuff of Legend Vol. 1 (Chris, via Debi)
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley (many, but mainly Carl)
Tolstoy and the Purple Chair by Nina Sankovitch (many)
Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves (for NerdsHeartYA)
What Momma Left Me by Renee Watson (for NerdsHeartYA) (AND the winner!!!)
I’m not going to just outright say that book blogging makes you read better, but, uh, it sure does help!