I’ve seen a few posts and even some Booktube videos about reading habits. Today’s discussion is about my reading habits and if they have changed since I have become a book blogger.
Since I have become a book blogger, my reading habits have not changed, but there are some things that I have become more aware of. One of the most important things that I have become more aware of, is making a better effort to read more diverse books. We live in such a diverse country, and I think it is important to read books representative of that. Another thing that I have become aware of, is that you don’t need to have all the newest books to be a blogger, more about this later.
I think something that sets me apart, is that I don’t always read the newest most trendy titles. If there is a new book that I’m intrigued by, of course, I’m going to either borrow it from the library or buy it. But I’m not just going to read it because it’s the new “it book.” I don’t care when a book was published, if I want to read it, I’m going to read it regardless of when it was published. It’s also about reading what I already have as well, I don’t think so much emphasis should be put on only reading the “it books.” Thoughts on older books should be valued just as much as thoughts on newer titles as well.
I always read what I want to read when I want to read it, this is something that I have always done. There is an exception that I have for this, books from NetGalley and First to Read I always make a concerted effort to have read before the publication date, and my review sent into NetGalley or First to Read and GoodReads. Book reviews don’t go up on my blog until the end of every month but are always on Goodreads after I read them, or a few days after so I have time to gather my thoughts. I don’t put pressure on myself to read books unless they are from NetGalley or First to Read by a certain date. I read because I want to, if I put pressure on myself to have something read my a certain date, the fun and enjoyment would be taken out of reading for me.
Re-reading a book is something else that I love to do. I think it’s fun to revisit my favorite books to see how and if my thoughts and feelings have changed about them. This also coincides with binge reading, I love binge reading, especially when a new book in a series comes out, I think it’s so much fun to re-read the first books that were released and then read the newest book in the series. I did this with the Harry Potter books, and I always re-read them in December. I am not against binge reading at all.
These are my reading habits, what are yours?