Good evening, you guys! Or morning? When are you reading this post? As I am writing this it’s almost midnight (living that night owl life) and I kept going back and forth between Netflix and writing a new blog post so I decided I would do both! Because (something else you should know about me is):
Anyways, let’s get back on topic, shall we? I feel like I’ve already rambled too much and instead, I should have gotten to the point already (I ramble as I talk about my tendency to ramble… wow). Concentrate, damn it.
Do you guys ever think back to your reading habits before you decided to start your blog? I’m certain we all loved to read long before we got into blogging (why else would we want to share our love with everyone else via a blog, right?) but I always wondered how our reading would change because of it – which is exactly what I’m going to be talking about today!
The Number Of Books I Read
Something I always notice when I look at my Goodreads is the fact that I have read so many books already this year. In fact, this year has been my biggest reading year since I created my Goodreads account. But I can’t say if it’s all down to me having this blog or if it’s also because I am home at the moment and therefore have all the time in the world to read as many (or little) books as I would like. It might be a combination of both because I’m pretty sure I’ve had really great reading years while I was in school before too!
The Time I Invest Into Reading
We’ve discussed previously that I am a mood reader which also shows in the amount of time I end up spending reading books because it varies so much. Some months, I will read book after book and I can’t seem to be able to stop while other months I will barely read anything. This is hands down something that has always been true for me. I’ve always been someone to read the night away whenever I would get into a book. I’ve always been someone who can go months without picking up a book and then read a lot of books the next month.
The Books I Read
This is definitely something that has been affected by me having this blog and reading you guys’ blogs! I mean, I have been watching BookTube for years now and I do follow a bunch of bookstagram accounts (because who doesn’t want all those pretty pictures on their timeline???) but I think actually interacting with other readers instead of being a passive member of the community has introduced me to some really fun books already!
The Way I Approach Reading Slumps
Nobody actually likes falling into a reading slump, right? But I almost feel like it’s been worse since I started blogging because (especially in the very beginning) I feel like I should have new books to talk to you guys about and if I’m not reading new books there isn’t anything to talk about. Which is sad, really. But I’ve also slowly made myself realize that it’s no good for anyone involved if I read because I think I have to. I will end up enjoying the book a lot less and that’s no fun!
The Amount Of Series I Read
Prior to starting this blog, I was only reading a handful of ongoing books (and I loved it, don’t get me wrong!) but ever since I started on here and found so many great new books, my ongoing series have kind of exploded? Which makes keeping up with them all a bit difficult at times and you have to prioritize (which is horrible, okay? I am currently holding off on getting Tower Of Dawn because I have other books I want to/need to read first) which isn’t always so easy – especially if you’re me.
The Rate At Which My TBR Grows
Honestly, my TBR has always been pretty big (at one point, I would always add entire series to it – which was stupid) but it has also been growing much quicker since I started blogging because I am so much more aware of which new releases are headed our way and of course I need to read them all. Like in Pokemon. Gotta catch ’em all and stuff.
The Language I Read In
I don’t know how many of you guys are aware of this, but English isn’t actually my first language. German is. And I’ve been reading books in just English for a couple of years now because I would hear about these new releases from American BookTubers and wanted to be able to read them as soon as possible too. But ever since I started this blog and discovered German websites that allow you to read books early, I’ve been trying to get back into reading in German again. Which isn’t as easy as I thought it would be. I surround myself with the English language so much that it’s sometimes more difficult to read in my native tongue – which is just ridiculous to me.
Have you guys noticed any changes in your reading habits ever since you started your blog? Do you find yourself reading more books? Does your TBR grow at a really quick pace?
If your habits have changed, how do you feel about it? Is there anything you’re really thankful for that blogging has brought you? Something you wish you could change? Let’s discuss in the comments below!