I think once readers start blogging, it’s only a matter of time before they start to notice that their reading habits are changing a bit. Maybe it’s not really noticeable at first, but I think in one way or another, there’s probably been some influence that blogging has had. For me, there are quite a few aspects of my reading habits that have changed in the past several months because of being a blogger.
I pay more attention to new and upcoming releases.
Before I started blogging, I was not at all up-to-date on recent releases or on upcoming releases. The only time I really knew about them is if they were from an author or series that I really loved. And that’s usually because I followed the author on Twitter and would see them talking about it. I’d sometimes find out about recent releases if they were really popular and saw them on Epic Reads or something, but seeing as how I wasn’t really involved in the book community at all before I started blogging, that didn’t really get me to notice a lot of books either. Now though I have a list of books for the rest of 2016 that I’m looking forward to and even have some 2017 titles that I’m already anticipating.
I read more often.
This is actually one of the reasons why I started blogging: I wanted something motivating me to read more often. It definitely worked! Whereas before I used to read maybe a couple nights a week, I’d also sometimes go weeks without reading anything. Now if I skip one day of reading I feel off. I get through so many more books now than I used to. It’s lovely.
I read more critically.
I used to be someone who didn’t really pay a whole lot of attention to plot holes or writing style or really much of anything. And if I liked a book, it was 5 stars. I wasn’t hard to please. I still don’t pay as much attention to these things as other people, but I definitely notice them more now than I did previously. Same goes for being easy to please. I’m still not the hardest person to please (as you can probably tell from my plethora of 4-star ratings…), but I’m harder to please than I used to be.
I read books I wouldn’t otherwise have picked up.
This is one of the things that I’m really thankful for. I’ve branched out my reading interests so much. I think part of this comes from reading more often – since I’m reading so many more books, I end up picking up things that I wouldn’t have chosen if that was the only book I was going to read for the next month or two because I would have been more interested in other things. (I hope that made sense… I’m having a hard time explaining :P) But between reading more books and seeing all these awesome recommendations from fellow bloggers, I pick up so many books that I wouldn’t have heard about or cared about in the past.