A couple of weeks ago I posted 15 Book Blog Post Ideas, and one of my ideas was ‘has blogging changed your reading habits?’ I hadn’t actually done a post about that topic myself, so I thought it was about time I did!
I’ve actually noticed quite a lot of significant changes in my reading habits since I started blogging three years ago, and really it isn’t surprising. Through book blogging you get to hear about so many more books, are bombarded daily by the latest releases and a litany of reviews, and you get a lot of recommendations from the friends and acquaintances you make through your blog and on social media.
However, I hadn’t realised my habits had changed quite as much as they had until I started thinking about it for this post. So here are the ways blogging has changed my reading habits:
- I read more.
I’ve always read a lot, but I definitely feel like I read much more and get through so many more books now that I blog. Part of it is wanting to have more books to review (being in a reading slump really impacts your blogging after all!), but mostly I think that it’s because I’m even more excited about books now than I was before I blogged.
For one thing, you’re always reading reviews of books, and especially if it’s a positive review by a blogger whose judgement you trust, it can get you really excited to read the book for yourself. You start to feel like you want to read right now, and so you either rush off to read that book, or hurry through the one you’re on so you can get to it quicker.
I also think that just being a part of the bookish community gets you more excited by books and wanting to read more, because you know as soon as you put the book down you have a whole host of people to discuss it with. Whilst reading is a solitary hobby, blogging opens it up to others, and it’s nice to be able to enjoy books along with an entire online community.
And then of course there’s the competitive aspect, which I’ve noticed a lot more this year, seen as I’ve started doing the Goodreads Challenge. Mostly I’m competing with myself to beat my goal and read more books, but it also spurs you on a bit when you see how many books your friends have read. Maybe that’s a good thing, maybe that’s a bad thing (and you can read my post all about that if you’re interested!), but there’s no denying than its increased my reading pace.
- My TBR tends to be much longer.
Before I started blogging, my TBR list (not that I knew that abbreviation then!) consisted mainly of books I’d seen in bookshops that I liked the sound of. That meant that my TBR list remained fairly small, as I would work through that handful of books, and then go on the look out for more.
These days I don’t even need to ‘look out’ for more books I want to read. My involvement in the book blogging community alone is enough to result in a TBR list that’s longer than I am tall, which is both an upside and downside to blogging. At least I know I’ll never run out of things to read!
- I have new favourite authors.
In my pre-blogging days I had a handful of favourite authors, including J.K. Rowling, Philippa Gregory and J.R.R. Tolkien. These days there are so many authors out there that I absolutely love, and whose books I get super excited about. These new favourites include Brandon Sanderson, Sarah J. Maas and Leigh Bardugo, who are all authors I might not have stumbled upon as soon without blogging.
I still love all my old favourites, but I really like having so many favourite authors these days!
- I read a lot more YA.
One of the biggest changes I’ve found in my reading habits since I started blogging is my love of the YA genre. Even as a teenager I didn’t read much YA, and seemed to have skipped straight from kids books to adult books, particularly adult fantasy.
However, YA is huge in the blogging world, and so inevitably I’ve stumbled upon loads of series and books being mentioned in that genre. I’ve never had anything against reading YA, so I really don’t know why I didn’t read it so much before, but thanks to blogging it’s now one of my most-read genres alongside fantasy and historical fiction.
- I read a lot more non-fiction.
Oddly, I also seem to read way more non-fiction these days. I don’t think this is necessarily directly related to my blogging though, and is more to do with my general immersion in the online world.
Before blogging I didn’t really use social media, or even go on the internet a huge amount other than to watch Youtube videos of cute animals. However, since I’ve become more internet-savvy I’ve been introduced to a whole new world of social media, ebooks, podcasts etc., which in turn has introduced me to loads of bloggers, entrepreneurs and authors who all write non-fiction books.
And if I hear an interesting podcast interview with a non-fiction author, or stumble upon their blog and love it, I do tend to check out their books, which is why I read so much more non-fiction now.
So do you think your reading habits have changed much since you started blogging? If so then how, and why do you think your habits have been changed by blogging?