Held every first and third Monday of the month, this week's question is:
How has the "job" of book blogging changed your reading habits? Both pros and cons.
Before I started book blogging, I used to read the last paragraph of each book I happened to be reading first. I guess I figured that it ensured that I wouldn't be devastated if the ending was horrible or maybe so that I knew if I had to buy the next book immediately. However, once I started book blogging, I stopped. Why? Because it wasn't a way to figure out if I liked the writing style or not--that's easily enough achieved by reading the first chapter or two of a book--and quite frankly, I want to be surprised when I read.
There's no longer any "blind" bookstore runs. By this, I mean to say that I never go into a bookstore without a game plan. After I started blogging, I knew exactly what was coming out each week and in an effort to keep up with releases, I do tend to put newer releases higher up my "to buy" list. Other bloggers have also impacted what I buy--as I'm much more likely to buy books that come recommended by bloggers that have similar tastes.
Book blogging can make the wait between books feel even longer--as do killer cliffhangers! I've also found myself taking notes while I'm reading as well so that when it comes to writing my reviews, my first hand impressions are already written down (and if it takes me a while to write the review, I'll still know exactly how I felt reading it the first time). However, I find that writing my review immediately after finishing a book is the best way to keep my first impressions fresh.
Perhaps most importantly, I've found myself reading more frequently thanks to book blogging. Now--when I have a bit of spare time--you can usually find me reading (or blogging) and I'm usually plotting out in my head which reviews need to go up when as well as which books I need to read and review so that their reviews will go up during their first week of publication. It's also made me much more aware of publishing companies and as such, where my favorites tend to come from.