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Book Bloggers: Habit Change

Daily Topic: 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!

I mentioned that the growth of book blogs—with their diversity, the genres they cover, and the honest opinions—more than compensates for the loss of book publicity that traditionally represented by printed media like newspapers and magazines. This is why. Book blogs completely change how I acquire new books because bloggers, like Steph, JoAnn, Marie, Sandy, Tina and Danielle (to name a few), with whom I share almost identical reading taste, have become my primary source of the next good read. I want to know what they are reading and what their verdicts are for the books on my radar. Following their scoops is like chatting with friends about books—and indeed they have become friends. How wonderful indeed to have book recommendation with a personal touch? As per the media reviews, trying to find a perfect match for books is a problem to begin with. Book section on papers inevitably caters toward a more popular audience in order to play safe. I’m not surprised that books recommended and reviewed are usually hot-off-the-press, promising potential bestsellers. Then you have specific staff picks that align with the publication’s political views and interests. My gripe with the media is that non-fiction always get more attention than fiction does. Consider the wide range of categories and subject matte that non-fiction embodies, it makes sense that non-fiction shall naturally steal the limelight. Every time there is a new memoir about Jewish Holocaust or the Chinese Cultural Revolution, I bet there will be a half-page review. Whereas a work of Native American or Latino literature could go completely unnoticed. As much as I hate the dwindling, if not canceling, book publicity in printed media, the decadence has very small effect on my readings, since most recommendation does not align with my interest. Aside from book bloggers, I still enjoy browsing the bookstores and reading a chapter of each book I pull off the shelves. I might be keeping to my favorite genres—literary fiction, literature, and GLBT books with resolute, but I’m open to book bloggers’ suggestions that appeal to me. After all, I’m an eclectic reader.

11 Responses

  1. ❤ thanks for the shout out! great post. i miss the declining book review sections too but at least we all have each other.

    • I miss the Washington Post Book World, but I am still reading the NY Times book reviews. The indies have great newspaper that educates me on new and noteworthy books. But book bloggers like you are my primary resources. 🙂

  2. Bloggers have done wonderful (ha) things to my TBR pile. It is more like a mountain now!

  3. I love book bloggers because I feel like I can establish a long-term relationship, following their reviews and getting to know their tastes in a way that has never really worked for me with review sources. I also like that they’re accessible as people — if I have a question or want to discuss a book, I can actually do that with bloggers. There’s nothing like the thrill of finding another person whose reading tastes reflect your own.

    • Exactly. I feel like I’m chatting with my friends about books when I read the blog posts about the books they are reading. The community is a precious opportunity to talk about books when the world is shifting its attention to gadgets and other areas.

  4. Thanks for the mention here, Matt… our reading tastes are so similar, it’s scary sometimes, lol! The overall quality of the books I read has improved thanks to bloggers like you. It’s easier to make informed reading choices when friends (rather than professional reviewers) make recommendations.

    • You’re very welcome, JoAnn. Sometimes I think we might have known each other in the life before, consider how close our reading taste is. I’m thrilled that every time you and some bloggers like a book, I put it on the list with no doubt. Not that I don’t enjoy browsing the bookstores, these recommendations from trusted people make browsing more convenient, especially when I need a book to read!

  5. Our reading tastes really do overlap quite a bit–just looking down your sidebars I see books I’ve read and loved, have on my own TBR pile or am curious that if you mention them I will have to take a look and add them to my own wishlist. I am usually underwhelmed by reviews I find in regular news outlets (by their choices of what to review that is)–the same books that always get all the attention. It’s through bloggers that I find the really good, unusual stuff that no one else seems to talk about. Thanks for the mention, and though I am not as active in commenting as I would like at the moment–I agree and ditto your sentiments!

    • Danielle, I think for me I make mental note of what book bloggers like you have enjoyed and I’ll eventually get to those books! That’s the reason why you might have identified with many of the titles on my sidebar. 🙂

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