15 September 2011
BBAW 2011: Reading and Blogging
Thursday's topic: Reading and blogging
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!
Blogging has definitely changed how I relate to other readers. Before, I was often the only person around who just didn't see the hype in a popular book...now, I can find another kindred spirit (or two or three) who share my opinion. Or, conversely, I can find another champion for a book that jsut doesn't get the love and respect I think it deserves. Other bloggers highlight books I might have missed or make me crazy with jealously when they have acquired a coveted advance copy (JennIRL and Ragnarok, I'm looking at you!).
My acquision habits haven't changed much (when you're a bookseller, that's the major transformation there) but blogging has brought me into contact with the great PR people at HarperCollins (particularly Erica Barmash with the "Olive" books) and I've found some really great reads through them!