So I’ve started religiously following book blogs.
I didn’t expect this decision to make me this happy! I always thought that I knew just what I wanted out of a book, and where I would be able to find those books. Throughout my life, my process for finding the books I want to read has really changed and evolved a lot. This past year I don’t think I’ve done as much reading as I did in previous years, and I have to admit that it’s been a little hard adapting to post-school life. Without college putting book after book in front of me, there’s a bit of a feeling like I’m lost at sea. I’m still reading, but it’s something that I have to remember to do now, because when in doubt I just curl up with poetry or go through non-fiction (I’ve been reading a lot more non-fiction, but that’s just a sign of my inner novelist talking…non-fiction books don’t count as reading! It’s not a STORY! haha.)
I think I might make a post later about my favorite book blogs, but right now I’m still getting a feel and a flavor for all the ones I’m following, and trying to decide who has the best advice on what to read. I’m so happy I still have some money left over from my Amazon birthday giftcard, so I can I buy the books I want to explore guilt-free. I should be getting books from the library…I did go to the trouble to get a library card in my new city…but I can’t help but want to OWN the books I read. It’s so much more fun. It’s like a trophy once you’ve read it and put it back up on your shelf.
I never would have realized how many people are out there, just talking about the books they read to the crazy static of the internet. I try to comment on all the blogs I read, and let people know I do value the fact that they’re going to such effort to produce content and inform other readers. With the internet and the way that everyone has a platform on it, it can be hard to find what you’re looking for or even know that it is out there. I hope my book doesn’t get lost in the white noise static of the thousands of books published everyday, and I’m realizing that book bloggers provide a vital service in the new landscape of publishing. With so many books coming out, and so many “professional” reviewers bogged down just keeping up with the big blockbuster books they’re supposed to review, a lot would fall through the cracks if there weren’t this community of vocal readers, all excited to talk about their thoughts and opinions of what’s being published and coming their way. It is a tremendous advantage for readers everywhere to have these book bloggers as a resource.