Book Blogger Confessions is a meme hosted by Tiger's All Consuming Books and For What It's Worth - every second Monday book bloggers can spill the beans on some juicy book blogging questions!
Q. How has the "job" of book blogging changed your reading habits? Both pro and con.
I've always been an eclectic reader - anything and everything is fair game. However, when I started The Aussie Zombie, I wanted to focus on a more niche market - zombie, horror and post-apocalyptic - but I also wanted to mix in other books to appeal to a wider audience.
Subsequently, I have purchased and received a lot more books in these three genres/sub-genres than I normally would have. I've also been exposed to a whole bunch of new writers that I would never have come across in my random wanderings around the Internet. Most importantly, I've met some wonderful people - writers, readers, bloggers, editors and publicists.
Book blogging is also a great excuse to read so much more than I normally would - I don't feel bad about spending a whole Sunday curled up with a book, reading in bed for half an hour every night, or even reading in the line at the supermarket (I did that tonight for the first time!).
In order to keep to my commitments, I now have to read to a schedule. And for me that's not an easy job - I'm quite fickle in my reading and often start reading a few pages of a book before switching to something else for a while. Now I don't have the time to do that, so I need to be much more disciplined with myself. Sometimes it works, and other times not - and these are the times I have to break my schedule to get my head back into the right state.
I also have to make notes as I read - something I've never done before - and at first I found it quite disruptive. However, now I can't imagine not making notes and I love reading them over when I've finished the book.
My biggest con is knowing people are waiting for me - I'm a pretty impatient person, so the thought that someone else is sitting out there, wondering when I'm going to get to their book makes me pretty twitchy. Not that I think anyone is out there making a voodoo doll out of me, I'm sure (almost!) it's my own pressure making me feel this way!
What's your biggest pro and con of book blogging? Or if you aren't a book blogger, what do you think would be your pros and cons?