BBAW: Catching Up Already

I was so wrapped up in reading all of your wonderful author interviews yesterday that I COMPLETELY forgot that there were new, lovely BBAW things to discuss! So, we’ll being with the topic from Wednesday, shall we?

The world of book blogging has grown enormously and sometimes it can be hard to find a place. Share your tips for finding and keeping community in book blogging despite the hectic demands made on your time and the overwhelming number of blogs out there. If you’re struggling with finding a community, share your concerns and explain what you’re looking for–this is the week to connect!

Alright. So, to begin with, I should probably explain that I feel a little different about the book blogging community than, I’m guessing, many others do. I’ve actually been blogging for a number of years (I think five, now?) but because it’s always been so off-and-on, I’ve never quite felt fully enmeshed in the great community of bloggers out there. But, I also know that it takes time to build great friendships. So I keep at it. And, whenever I do stick my head back around the corner and into my blog, the people who do read are always wonderful – insightful, funny, and full of recommendations! Probably the best thing that I do that keeps me involved in the community is to just keep reading, reading, and reading! I’m on my Google Reader daily, looking at who is posting what and keeping track of what some of my absolute favorite bloggers are up to in real life. I’m not the greatest at commenting, but when I find something I especially agree with, or a book that just sounds out of this world, I always offer my own take! I also think it’s really, really, SUPER important to respond to the comments people leave on my blog. After all, that’s how conversations begin! Ultimately, thought, I tell myself think that blogging, for me, is form of personal gratification. I LOVE all of you to pieces, but my blogging doesn’t stop because I don’t get one-bajillion comments or no one wants to participate in some giveaway I’m doing. Because, at the end of the day, it’s about the books. Reading the books, writing about the books, and, ultimately, growing closer as a community – over the books.

And now for today’s wonderful topic!

Book bloggers blog because we love reading. Has book blogging changed the way you read? Have you discovered books you never would have apart from book blogging? How has book blogging affected your book acquisition habits? Have you made new connections with other readers because of book blogging? Choose any one of these topics and share your thoughts today!

OHEMGEE how much has my reading/book aquisition style changed?! How different are day and night? I mean, I’ve always loved reading and talking about books. But there is a HUGE difference between talking about a book with someone who doesn’t want to talk books (i.e. most of my non-bookish friends) or talking about a book that’s been assigned (i.e. with mostly hipster pretentious English majors who would NEVER EVER EVER (but totally secretly have) read the Twilight books). Book blogging is the perfect half-way point. I’ve had to read in a way that allows me to understand a work and develop and opinion. And a reason why for that opinion – “it was good because I liked it and it was pretty”, while true, doesn’t always make for the best blog post. But there is also a sense of fun amongst book bloggers – outside of challenges and read-a-longs, no one is telling you what to read or when to read it. It leads to a number of individuals who, all with their own tastes, contribute to a larger conversation.

As far as books I find myself reading now that I would be otherwise, I’d have to say that most of my non-fiction reads are probably due solely to the fact that all of you non-fiction readers out there make them sound so fantastic! Before blogging, I mostly thought of non-fiction as the kind of dusty old tomes that no one reads in libraries. Since then, however, I’ve been led to some of the coolest books on some of the most random things (cancer! small town life! Civil War re-enactors!) all through your fantastic recommendations. I’ve also had to adapt the way I keep track of books I want to read, now that there are so many (owing largely to the fact that my Reader is so huge!) that writing them by hand in my old comp notebook just doesn’t seem wise anymore. I now make great use of the “star” feature on Reader, marking books I want to come back to. Then, once a week or so, I’ll do a cull and see what, of those books, my library has. From there, it’s all reserving and picking up, baby!

Thank you so much, all you wonderful bloggers out there, for making BBAW – as well as every other week – as fantastic as they can be! Hope you’re all feeling the e-love, and happy reading!

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A Quick Update!

Hey guys! Not a real post, but I wanted to share with you a new blog that I just stumbled across:

Books Are my Boyfriends

Now, don’t get me wrong. I love all my blogroll dearly, and I’m so excited to be making better friends with so many of you. But this blog is not only TOTALLY FRACKING HILARIOUS but also really cool in concept – turning books in to boyfriends, anthropomorphizing them, and perhaps even having a heavy petting session or two with them. Do me – and yourself – a favor and check it out!