Welcome to the very first Book Blogger Confessions, a meme co-hosted with Tiger from All-Consuming Books on the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month, to discuss some of the frustrations that are unique to book bloggers.
You can read the introductory post here.
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Guidelines: Do not criticize other bloggers or authors in your post or in the comments! This meme is to help each other not knock each other down. It's YOUR blog. Blog how you want to!
Let's get to it! The first topic is:
Q. How has the "job" of book blogging changed your reading habits? Both pro and con.
I look at reading more critically than I used to. Before blogging, if I didn't like a book I just tossed it aside and forgot about it. Now I have to articulate why I didn't like it. That makes me live in the book longer and sadly makes me dislike it (and sometimes reading) even more.
Same thing goes if I love a book. In fact the "OMG this book is amazing" are sometimes the hardest reviews for me to write.
When I'm fully absorbed in a world with characters I love, the last thing I want to do is stop to jot down notes but with blogging you have to.
I'm often torn when I love a book - sometimes I just want to keep it for myself and not over analyze it. It takes away from what I originally saw as perfection. On the other hand I want everyone to know how wonderful it is so they will go buy it right this second!
Picking apart a book isn't always fun whether you liked it or not. It gets time consuming and makes reading feel less spontaneous - like something you have to schedule. I may be able to read a book in one day but when I have to stop to take notes then spend a few hours on a review (don't even get me started on the blogger formatting issues) it can take away my reading high.
Deadlines. This is probably the most stressful thing about blogging for me.
If you are part of the Amazon Vine program, you have about 2 weeks to read and review that book before the next newsletter comes out, publishers want their books reviewed within a few weeks of release, Netgalley's e-ARC's often expire after a certain date. I read fast, so that's not the problem. However, I don't always want to read that book at that moment but I have to.
I often wonder if that changes my response to a book. If I read it at a different time, when I was in a different reading mood and this wasn't my 5th dystopian, alien, love triangle, time travel, circus book in a row would I have liked it better??
I've really lightened up on the self imposed deadline pressure the past few months. I don't request many books for review and it's in my review policy that it may be several months before I can read a book for review. I have found most authors to be very receptive to that. After all they are readers too! They understand TBR piles.
Blogging about reading is sometimes more time consuming than the actual reading part which can get very frustrating but overall I think reviewing has deepened my appreciation for writers and the art of writing. I know I couldn't do it!
While I may not enjoy every book I read I can now see the love and dedication that went into the process of writing of that book. I don't think I ever really noticed that before I started reviewing and blogging.
By far the biggest thing that has changed is the number of books and authors I have found out about through other bloggers. This is great for obvious reasons. I find even more great books/new authors but it can make it seem like you will NEVER EVER EVER read all the books you want to. It stresses me out sometimes but it's a trade off I'm willing to live with.
Next Book Blogger Confessions is scheduled for January 16th: Have you ever had reading/blogging slumps? How do you work through them or work around them?
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