Has blogging changed your reading habits?

20/08/2017 Blogging, Discussions, Reading 22

Has blogging changed your reading habits?

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?

22 Responses to “Has blogging changed your reading habits?”

  1. Melissa @ Quill Pen Writer

    Before I started blogging and reading others’ blogs, my TBR was like yours; tiny. Now I can literally walk into a bookstore, pull a dozen books off the shelves in less than a minute because of online recommendations, and buy them all. (If I had enough money for that, this is!) XD It’s wonderful to have a platform to discuss all things bookish and fangirl about them together!

    • Laura

      I’m the same now – when I go into a bookstore I don’t so much browse and look for stuff I might like, so much as stare admiringly at all the books I know I want to read, thanks to seeing them on blogs! It’s nice always having something you want to read, but it’s definitely not been good for my bank balance! 🙂
      It really is so amazing though to have a platform to discuss bookish things. I don’t know many bookish people in real life, so it’s great to have found the bookish community online 🙂

  2. Aj @ Read All The Things!

    Yes! Blogging has changed my reading a lot. I read more YA now. As a teenager, I mostly read adult books. I read fewer classics now. I used to read tons of them, but now my TBR is huge, and there are so many modern books I want to get to. Classics keep getting pushed down my priority list. Interesting discussion!

    • Laura

      I read a lot fewer classics now too, for some reason. There are loads I want to read, but I think I read so many at university that I’ve just been enjoying reading a lot more modern books ever since. Hopefully, I’ll get to all those classics I want to read someday! 🙂

  3. Fariba

    I relate so much to this. I read way more now than I did before I started blogging. In fact, I probably read 5 books a year (I’m not kidding). I liked reading, but I couldn’t share what I was reading with anyone so I didn’t have the motivation to read. I also didn’t know what new books were out, so I only read Victorian lit. Finally, I definitely have a more diverse reading taste now than I did when I started blogging 4 years ago.

    • Laura

      I felt the same before blogging, in that I didn’t have anyone to talk to about what I was reading, so I didn’t feel as motivated to do it. Now I get through books really quickly, and am always excited to get to discuss them on my blog! 🙂
      I’ve definitely found my reading taste has become more diverse too, and I’ve actually got into some whole new genres through it, which is nice. There are so many unexpected side effects to book blogging, isn’t there? 🙂

  4. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

    Blogging has definitely changed my reading habits. I also read more, although my reading has slowed as of late. And my TBR has never been so huge. I find myself discovering far more books (both old and new) and so my TBR has multiplied like crazy. I actually find I am less committed to just to favourite authors. I have them and I have more, but I find myself discovering far more new authors than I ever used to, I’m more willing to give new authors a chance I think which is really good. I also found blogging has got me going to the library more. With my growing TBR my book buying is off the charts insane but I grab a few books from the library too so that helps.

    • Laura

      I’m definitely more willing to try out new authors these days too, as I’ve discovered so many books through blogging by new-to-me authors that I’ve loved that the risk seems worth it. I’m definitely better at choosing books I’ll probably really like now too (even by unknown authors), although obviously, I don’t get it right every time. I can’t remember the last book I read and absolutely hated though! 🙂
      And I’m definitely more of a library person too now. In fact, before I started blogging I hadn’t actually been to the library in a few years, but as you say, it gets expensive if you have to start buying your entire TBR list! So the library is pretty much my new best friend! 🙂

  5. Molly @ Molly's Book Nook

    I think for me the biggest change is that I actually read LESS. I don’t know how that worked out haha. I guess I got busy then got overwhelmed with how many new authors and books I was discovering that now I’ve been in this permanent slump for over a year >.< BAH.

    • Laura

      I think it can definitely work both ways, and technically blogging leaves you with less time to actually read, so it’s understandable that blogging could make you read less, instead of more. It can definitely be overwhelming to be exposed to so many different books and authors through blogging, although for me that manifests in me often not being able to choose what to read next (it can seriously take me several days of contemplation to decide what I feel like reading next these days!).
      I hope you get through your slump soon! 🙂

  6. Angela

    I definitely read a lot more genres than I used to, some genres I didn’t even really knew existed before I started blogging! It’s been fun to learn about all these new books out there!

    • Laura

      It really is so great learning about all these new genres and books that you didn’t know existed! It’s one of my favourite things about blogging 🙂

  7. Lys

    That’s such an interesting post !
    Blogging definitely made me read more. I get much more excited when I read because I know I’ll share my thoughts with the community afterwards.
    I haven’t picked up any books out of my “comfort zone” though.

    • Laura

      I think anything that gets people reading more and gets people excited about books is definitely a good thing! And as long as you’re reading stuff you enjoy, it really doesn’t matter (although sometimes going outside your comfort zone can be interesting!) 🙂

  8. Cilla

    Blogging has absolutely changed my reading habits! I find I’m less likely to pick up books on a whim. I gravitate towards the ones I’ve seen mentioned on blogs or Twitter, and my instinct is always to check out Goodreads review before buying any. Not sure if that’s a good change or not; I might miss out on perfectly good but underhyped books, but I’m also disappointed less often by my purchases!

    • Laura

      I definitely tend to gravitate towards books I know about too, and I agree it’s both good and bad. There probably are so many great lesser known books that I’m missing out on too, which is a shame. But I’m glad that I tend to be so much better at picking out books I’ll enjoy 🙂

  9. Gill Edwards

    Strangely enough its had a slightly different effect for me. Im reading a lot less these days and i think its due to having so many books on my TBR that i become daunted about reading them all plus i just dont know what to read next. Spoilt thats what i am but so grateful too.
    But i agree about the joys of finding new authors and trying new genres too.

    • Laura

      Having a huge TBR list can definitely be daunting, and I have the same problem with trying to choose what to read next. In fact, I didn’t read much at all last week because I really didn’t know what I was in the mood to read 🙁
      Finding new authors and genres is great though, and I guess it’s better to be spoilt for choice than to have nothing you want to read! 🙂

  10. Mikaela @ The Well-Thumbed Reader

    It definitely has affected my reading, though I don’t know if it’s for the better? XD I read way less now, but I can’t tell if it’s just me this year or if it’s because of blogging and catching up on TV over reading. I also read more ARCs and newer releases since that’s what I’m usually bombarded with in the blogosphere! I feel like I’m the same regarding being critical of books and when it comes to genres, though I am starting to not add every book to my TBR that someone recommends me or hypes up, even though I used to do that on Goodreads.

    • Laura

      A few people have said they read less now, and that does kind of make sense since you’ll be spending a lot of time on your blog. And I definitely need to focus some time myself on catching up on all the TV shows I need to finish watching! 🙂
      I definitely used to add everything people recommended to my TBR too, but now I’m a little pickier because of a few recommendations I read that I didn’t love. I guess you just have to look and think ‘is this something I would have read anyway?’ It really is so interesting though how blogging can affect your reading habits! 🙂

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