Good afternoon everyone! I hope you’re all doing well. It is Friday which means it is time for another discussion. Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme hosted by me and Dani @ Literary Lion, where we discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts.
Today’s topic is: putting off books you actually want to read (suggested by Jillian @ Jillian The Bookish Butterfly)
Thank you so much to Jillian for suggesting this topic. I’m not sure I have much to say about this, so, I’ll be doing another LTB topic that I previously missed in this post as well.
Let’s get started!
Do you ever put off the books you actually want to be reading?
I don’t think I put off books I really want to read; usually I’ll put off reading other books to read the one that I’m most excited about.
Most of the time, I read based on the order that my books are due, especially when I have a lot of books at one time. So maybe I do put off reading a book I really want to read just so I can get through the ones that will be returned soon. Or, if I’m buddy reading, then I do have to wait until my friend is ready so we can continue with the next book together.
But more often than not, I do sacrifice a book that I’m not as excited about (and things that I need to do) to read the one that matters to me.
Do you treat reading books you’re excited About as a reward?
Um, not really since if I’m that excited about reading it, I’ll probably ignore everything I should be doing so that I can read it in one go. I don’t have the patience to finish what I need to do and then “reward” myself at the end by reading the book.
And that’s pretty much all there is to it.
The other topic I wanted to discuss today was: how was blogging affected your reading (suggested by Mini @ Book and Corner). Thank you so much to Mini for suggesting this topic. This was February the 26th’s topic so yeah, I’m pretty late with this one.
Ever since I started blogging in 2018, my reading tastes and habits have changed.
Thanks to blogging, I’ve been introduced to several new genres, many of which I’d shunned before I started blogging. It’s kind of funny because I distinctly remember that mostly everything I read was either David Baldacci’s books, Nancy Drew, Ally Carter’s books, Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ books, or the Sammy Keyes series. All of which were some variation of mysteries with white main characters. Reading diversely was obviously not something I had in mind at all.
However, in my first year after I started blogging, 16% of the books I read were Fantasy, which was huge since I didn’t read ANY fantasy before that. I also tried some sci-fi, paranormal, and contemporary novels that first year, which again was unusual compared to my pre-blogging reading habits.
I don’t think the amount of books I read has changed drastically. Prior to blogging, I’d say I read maybe 60 to 80 books a year? And in 2019, I read 98 books, and last year it was 67, so it’s kind of still relatively close to my average.
Blogging has also made me more aware of what I’m reading. Before, I used to pick up whatever mystery or thriller I could find, whereas now, I make a conscious effort to read diverse books from diverse authors. I think that has actually made me happier because now I’m getting to see different narratives and cultures being incorporated into what I read instead of following the same bland narrative all the time. And I love different narratives and cultures, so yeah, it’s definitely made me a lot happier.
To summarize, blogging has widened my reading horizons and made me a more conscious reader which is possibly the best thing that could have happened to my reading life.
There are two questions specifically that I wanted to answer for this topic, the first of which is:
Do you think the pressures to produce content can result in a bad relationship with books?
Yes, definitely. We run book blogs, it’s our job to talk about books, and you can’t talk about books if you don’t read enough of them.
In the process of trying to build your blog and brand, it’s easy to fall into the trap of reading for producing content rather than for your own pleasure and happiness. And that can make you start resenting books because in your mind, it’s all about finishing the next popular book so you can add your two cents and stay relevant within the community. You actually might not really really want to read that book, but everyone’s reading it, so jumping onto the hype train you go.
Doing that several times makes it feel like a chore, and before you know it, reading isn’t your chance to escape or have fun, but another item to check off your to-do list.
It’s important to have a balance between reading and blogging so that you don’t end up in such a position. My first year, I was diligently following all the newest YAs and fantasies that were popular and reading them every chance I got. This past year, I’ve pretty much tuned out everything and I’m just reading my friends’ recommendations, or series that I’m truly curious about. I’ve also stopped producing much bookish content, so I can’t say I’ve found a balance just yet, but maybe this third year will round everything out and I’ll actually know how to balance the two.
The second question is:
Do you think you would have started blogging if it weren’t for books or vice versa?
At least where book blogs are concerned, yes, I don’t think I would have started book blogging if I hadn’t loved books so much. Maybe I might have done food blogging instead if I’d stumbled upon food blogs, or I might have started a blog just to share my stories with the world, but I guess I’ll never know.
What I do know is that I am glad that books lead me to blogging because it’s been the funnest yes, i know, it’s not a word, but “most fun” just doesn’t have the same feel thing that I’ve chosen to do by myself. I also feel like I will continue to blog, even if I stop reading books, because it’s become a hobby that’s part of who I am.
And that my friends, concludes this discussion for today.
This Week’s Participants:
“How Has Blogging Affected Your Reading” Participants:
Do you put off books you want to read? If so, why? Do you use books to treat/reward yourself? How has blogging affected your reading? Do you think you would be a blogger if you didn’t like books? What other types of blogging are you interested in? Share your thoughts in the comments below!