November was sci-fi month and one of the topics for top ten tuesday was to talk about the changes to your reading life. Now I choose to stick to more sci-fi topics that month but thought that using the freebie in December was a good place to still talk about it. It is interesting to see how blogging and the blogging community has influenced my reading and how I approach it.
Being More Aware of New Releases
Becoming a blogger and being apart of the blogging community has really upped my game on what books are coming out. Before that I was incredibly clueless. I just bought what was at the book store or what a lot of people were talking about (Harry Potter, LOTR when the movies came out).
Now I help other people see what are the new upcoming releases. It is weird. I know too many. I don’t know what to do with myself haha. I was so blissfully unaware before.
Buying More Books
A unfortunate side effect of being more aware of new releases and also older ones, is that I have a tendency to buy more books. Overbuy one could say. I just love the sight of a good stack and knowing they are mine.
Valueing Book Aesthetic
When I first saw bookstagram photos, I did not understand it. Who would want to take photos of books? Well apparently I do because I really came to see the beauty of being able to take gorgeous photos of books.
Read More Diverse
More than anything blogging has given me the opportunity to see why it is so important to read and talk about diverse books. How difficult it is for minorities to get published and how much people still look down on them when they ask for rep. I’m still learning to be a better ally.
I rarely read ebooks before reading and for a while I only read e arcs on my ereader. But slowly I buy books here and there as ebooks as well that I don’t nessecarily want to own (or want to read before my matching edition comes out).
Keeping Track of Reading Statistics
Numbers were never my thing in high school or college. I sucked at statistics. Funny how I wrap up my year with reading statistics every year. I guess it just shows that when it can touch on your interests you can still end up being good at something (and just how boring and far removed those classes are from the students to be honest).
Being Aware of the Importance of Trigger Warnings
And lastly blogging has made me learn how important trigger warnings are. I am much more aware of my own triggers and what could potentially trigger someone else. I even shared a post listing some of the more basic trigger warnings.
How did blogging change your reading life?