I was always a really dedicated reader and would be reading during class instead of paying attention. On top of this, I was always critiquing what I was reading based on how much I like it. I just think I’ve gotten better at doing this. I can articulate what I dislike about books much easier now than before I started blogging. I have also really found my writing style: more formal with hints of silliness here and there.
I think there are two big changes to my reading habits now: I DNF books that I am not enjoying rather than continuing to read them and I am current with new releases when previously I had just gone into stores and looked for something good to read. I think these have both had positive and negative impacts on my overall enjoyment of reading.
The positiveis that I’m no longer reading books that I am not enjoying and thus have more time to read books I actually really like! Staying current on releases means not as much time spent in a bookstore trying to FIND a book I want to read but deciding between books to take home and read. It allows me to check out books ahead of time and know which ones I want to read because they sound like ones I will enjoy rather than impulse buys.
The negativeis I think DNFing has made me a bit more cynical because I feel as though I’m not really giving these books a chance (which isn’t true. I typically read them for about 25% which is a lot of the book). As for staying current, I have found some really good books based on impulse buys so it kinda saddens me that I don’t do that as much anymore. But at the same time I don’t feel guilty about wasting my money if I don’t enjoy a book.
I don’t think blogging has really done much to increase the amount of books I read a year. I was always hitting between 100-200 books a year, even in university. I still read books I really like and enjoy but also sprinkle in more “unknown” and indie authors than I would have if I hadn’t started blogging. Both of these are great and really help to expand my reading beyond what I would have done had I not started blogging.