On the fourth day of BBAW, we are asked to talk about the effect blogging has had on our reading habits. Specifically, I'm going to talk about two topics...how book blogging changed the way I read, and the discovery of books I never would have had it not been for book blogging.
Before I started blogging, I was an avid reader, reading mostly mystery/thrillers with an occasional piece of quality fiction. You probably would call me a lazy reader, because I just took my time and read as my schedule would see fit. I had been introduced to audio books, which worked well for multi-tasking.
Once I started blogging though, everything just exploded around me. Suddenly I was reading classics, short stories, non-fiction, memoirs, GRAPHIC NOVELS for Pete's sake! I was all over the place. If you truly do your time on the blogs, and open your mind, it is almost impossible not to get sucked into every genre out there, at least for a taste.
But I also noticed a new habit that I'm not 100% sure is a good thing. I became like a driven maniac, reading as if my life depended on it. I almost feel like a coke addict, looking for my next high before I finish the one I'm enjoying at this moment. I tend to turn away from chunksters because they take too long and prevent me from getting ahead on my posts. (Audios are good for chunksters actually, and is the only way I can get through most of them.) This isn't healthy, is it? Maybe as I get older, I will mellow and stop caring about having posts 6 days a week. But until then I don't see a cure.
How has your life changed since you started blogging? I'm looking forward to all of your answers!