How has blogging changed my reading/book buying habits?
Er. Well, let us do a little switchy-switch and talk about the second question, first. The main thing becoming a book blogger has done to my book buying habits is made me CEASE AND DESIST buying books from Amazon. When I do pay full price for a book (which is uh rarely), I get it from an independent book store. Before I became a blogger, I didn't know jack diddly squat about how Amazon is actually the Voldemort of the book world, or about how supporting indie book sellers is so essential.
That being said, I still get most of my books from Bookmooch, library sales, or thrift stores. What can I say? Fifty cents is fifty cents. I was going to say that becoming a book blogger has increased the number of books I buy, but that would be a big dose of UNTRUTHINESS. Sometimes, another blogger's posts about purging will encourage me to unburden my shelves of Books I Will Never Actually Read, but then I unfailingly find that same book somewhere and buy it again, forgetting that I got rid of it in the first place.
Now. I used to feel mightily odd about my library- not that I have one, but that I have such a big one when most people my age have such big...kegs...or Playstations...or...whatever other people have who don't read (the answer: nothing important). I'm pretty much over that. TURNS OUT there are lotsa folks like me- they just don't live around here.
ONWARD, CHRISTIAN SOLDIER! Part uno- how has blogging changed my reading habits?
Well. It hasn't changed them so much as refined them. I started this blog because I read mostly classics and couldn't find another blog with the appropriate level of snark ABOUT CLASSICS. This reading of the old jank is still the general state of affairs round these parts. Other examples of refining: I would try a YA book every now and again (pre-blogging), confirm that YUP, I still hate this, rinse, repeat. Now I try the genre a bit more frequently because buzz? I is a sucker for you. But the results are the same. For example, I recently read Uglies by Scott Westerfeld and loved it notreallyIhatedit. So, I suppose I'm more adventurous, but the outcome isn't really different. My tastes are unalterable! I am sullenly unchangeable!
I do listen to audiobooks now, which is new. I also read a good bit more contemporary adult literary fiction than I did pre-bloggyblog. The Bookrageous podcast sells me on a lot of stuff that has gathered in stacks around my apartment that I haven't gotten to (why hello, A Visit From the Good Squad and Crimson Petal and the White, and Skippy Dies, and Mr. Peanut, etc..) BUT I'M TRYING. Good intentions? I haz 'em.
Summary: Me gots mucho books, always have, always will; still think YA is kljfaneuichdf, trying to read more contemporary fiction but I have to dig my copies out from under the entire backlist of Dickens' work.