02 January 2012

Book Blogger Confessions #1

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?


  1. Reading on a schedule has been my biggest problem too. It's as if as soon as you tell me I must read this book I immediately don't want to.

    I think we just need to not be so hard on ourselves. Especially about posting. I know I feel compelled to have so many reviews up per week and I have to learn to relax about that.

    Thank you for joining our meme!

  2. Great answers! I know what you mean about readnig on a schedule and knowing that people are waiting for you. I foudn myself under a lot of 'review schedule pressure' this year and it was difficult to deal with at times. This year I am going to be accepting far fewer books for review and focusing on my own TBR list. I added over 300 books to it this past year and didn't read a single one of them!

    That being said, I did find so many amazing new authors and books that I reviewed this year because of book blogging, so I still had a fantastic reading year! :)

    Bonnie @ Hands and Home
    My BBC: http://www.handsandhome.ca/2012/01/book-blogger-cofessions-1.html

  3. You seem such a fast reader. I worry I'm to slow sometimes but then - technically - my blog isn't solely a book blog. I used to be a fast reader pre-kids. Think they sapped all my time and turned my brain to mush!

    Taking notes is a good idea - might have to (try and) remember to do that!

  4. I love your blogging niche! We need more zombie bloggers, if you ask me. Yes, knowing that some author or publicist is waiting and waiting until you post a review can be rather nerve-wracking. :-)



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