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How does book blogging affect your reading of books? Do you think it makes you pick better books?
I’ve been thinking about this a bit, especially when rating books I read. I used to read way fewer books a year, and I’d rate them pretty high if I enjoyed them. But in the past several years I have increased my reading and participation in book clubs. Now that I’ve been book blogging I’ve noticed I am way pickier with how I rate my books. I mean it has to be amazing to the max to get a 5 star rating. It has to be pretty damn good to be a 4 star rating. Looking at my ratings for 2013, I have more books in the 3 star category than any other. So this year I’ve decided to scale back the books I accept for review and focus on books I really really want to read. With time becoming limited, I don’t want to waste it reading books I don’t enjoy as much. So I think I’m turning into a picky reader. Does that make sense? I’m starting to want to read only books I know I will like, rather than picking up any random book just because the blurb sounds interesting. Does that make me picky? Has book blogging made me this way?
Before I began book blogging last April, I think I actually picked better books to read than books I found myself reading after I began reviewing and blogging. Isn’t that crazy? You would think I would pick better books, or at least, I thought blogging would lead to better books and perhaps its has. It has certainly lead me to many great books I would never have heard of otherwise. However, it has also lead me to read books I would normally not read simply because I met the author, or was asked to review a debut novel or because it was trending on all the blogs and I wanted to get in on the hype. I have not worried about what books to review this past month and it has lead to sooo much more freedom. I think I love reading again! LOL. I mean, I never really lost my passion for reading, but sometimes reviewing books made me more nitpicky and quite frankly, harder to please. I also missed getting to read exactly what I wanted, which is sort of the point of book blogging, right? Reading lots and lots of what you like and recommending those books to other readers? I think when you read a book that isn’t really your thing or perhaps is poorly executed, it bogs you down. Reading a book that you find amazing is so uplifting. Reading book after book of something that you are reading simply because you need to review “every book in the series” can be draining and disenchanting. Also, sometimes I found myself reading a book with the idea in mind that I need to find something to say about the book. Not necessarily something bad or good per se, but SOMETHING to write about in my review. Focusing on that can be distracting from actually experiencing the book. So, to answer the question, yes I believe book blogging made me a pickier on what I found good, but I also found myself less picky over what books I actually read…if that even makes sense.
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