Book Blogger Appreciation Week — Reading
The question for Thursday’s BBAW enjoyment is:
Book bloggers blog because we love reading. Has book blogging changed the way you read?
Like many book bloggers, I’m reading more and reading more widely. The biggest change, for me, though, is that I’m reading more to deadlines. I have review books that I would like to review on or around the publication date. I have books to read before the meetings of both online and offline book clubs. And, I have even larger stacks of library books with due dates. What’s not clear to me, yet, is how much of this sort of thing is sustainable. I suspect I am erring, right now, on the too many books side. We’ll have to see which of these I give up on reading in time for their deadlines.
This is so true! I feel like I’m reading on deadline all the time. Sometimes I like it because it helps me review books in a timely manner, and sometimes I find it totally exhausting. Like now, when I have a million library books out that have to go back all at about the same day… I end up missing deadlines all the time.
Ahhhh deadlines, yes, I agree. Always so hard to prioritize and to get rid of deadlines!
That. Is. Amazing. Love your system!
I try to avoid deadlines… I used to do deadlines and it seemed to take the fun away.
I am TOTALLY borrowing your sticky-notes-on-the-spine idea. Love it! Is that the new Philippa Gregory nonfiction I see there on the top? If so, that one just came in the mail for me yesterday.
I am finding I’ve gotten myself into too many deadlines this fall. Library due dates I don’t mind, because no one is waiting for me to read those books and I can always get them out again. Readalongs and book clubs I love participating in, so I don’t mind reading those. I think it’s the review copies that will have to give for me…I’ll just have to be more careful about what I accept!
Good eye — it is the Philippa Gregory nonfiction on top. I’m enjoying it, but with hayfever, I’ve put it aside while I read mass market paperbacks by favorite authors. Who needs comfort food? I have comfort reading!
Aww, hope you’re feeling better soon! Nothing like a cozy favorite book when you’re feeling under the weather.
The deadline aspect is the only part of book blogging that is negative for me. Of course it’s my own fault. I need to learn to say no more often. I like the stickies on your books. Good idea.
Great to see you back on the web, Margot!
I think blogging about books has forced me to pay more attention to what I am reading. I tend to read very quickly and skim over “slow” sections of a book. Blogging has forced me to pay more attention to what I read instead of blazing through.
Oh the Phillipa Gregory’s have caught my eye. Do love historical fiction.
I have read some of her work and have more on my own TBR shelves.
I always put a piece of paper inside the book to say when received, when release date is and order the books on a different shelf from my own books
hello! i just found you from marg (adventures of an intrepid reader) and was wondering how to subscribe to your blog? i love blogs 😀
dang about having deadlines to read books.. the only deadlines i have… is the due date! 😛
I just don’t care about deadlines or challenges. I do my own thing!!
As our blogs are reflect our personality, we all look out for different blogging tools. One should go for that wchich suits her/his blog. One should always keep the reasder in mind. Afterall, we all want readers on our blog. And comments!
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BBAW 2011: Readers