Friday, April 1, 2016

Let's Discuss...(7)

Let's Discuss...
Let's Discuss...is a new feature here on Lunar Rainbows Reviews, inspired by many of my fellow bloggers and their discussion posts.  For my posts, I'll be discussing random bookish and fandom topics.


Hey everyone and happy Friday. I have to level with you all: I should have a review going up today but work has been CRAZY these past two weeks so I have barely gotten any reading done. Therefore, the two books I should have finished by now are, you guess it, not finished. I had one day off this week and well, since I already had my next discussion post whipped up (for the most part) I'll be posting it today. Next week will be back to normal and I WILL finish my reading and have a review for you *glares at books*  In the meantime, I want to know:

Has blogging changed your bookish self?

Personally speaking, I can vouch that indeed blogging has changed my reading habits. In more ways than one.  You may recall that recently, I spoke about how I still read mostly fantasy and sci-fi and don't venture much out of my comfort zone.  Well before blogging, I pretty much only read straight up fantasy.  As much as I enjoyed sci-fi, I wasn't familiar with any good sci-fi reads.  Same goes for dystopians. I'd watch and enjoy dystopian/post-apocalyptic shows and movies, but I had no clue when it came to picking up good dystopian reads.


When I became a member of Goodreads, which eventually led to blogging, I started getting recs from readers who had similar tastes as me. That's how I learned about The Hunger Games, The Lunar Chronicles and well as older classics within those genres like The Giver and Ready Player One.

Or...not so happy. You know, whatevs.

Beyond that though, I've learned about PNR books I never would have heard of otherwise but what's most surprising? I've picked up, and enjoyed straight up contemporaries, mysteries, thrillers and steampunk that I never would have discovered otherwise. So blogging has definitely widened my scope as far as the genres I read.  I know I could still do with some widening compared to some of you, but hey: that's something^^

Go me!

I also find that blogging has led to wiser reading choices on my part. Blogging seems to have helped hone my preferences and avoid what I might not enjoy.  Buzz is one thing but reviews from you guys really help me narrow down what has tropes I'm sick of versus what is filled with all the good stuff. My tastes have become fine-tuned, which isn't to say I don't still read underwhelming books - I just tend to be better at knowing what really works for me versus what doesn't.


Blogging has also helped me to become more critical. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, I just find that I'll notice the overuse of certain tropes. I also tend to  have certain narrative styles that work better for me than others whereas before I wouldn't notice things like that. I used to just love everything I read but now I seek out originality, creativity, addictive prose, well-developed characters and stunning world-building.

It really can be^^

I also really appreciate that having a blog has given me a venue to gush about the books I love. When you real life friends don't read the same kinds of books as you do (if they even read at all) it can be lonely wanting to scream from rooftops about how a certain book was THE BEST BOOK EVER...but no one is really interested. Blogging has allowed my bookish self to flourish by introducing me to people who love the same books I do. Who fangirl over the same characters and ships as I do. Who enjoy (or tolerate) me going on and on (and on and on) about whatever obsession has taken hold of me at the moment. Also? I'm pretty sure my boyfriend is relieved that I don't talk his ear off for hours on end about books he has no clue about (at least, now I don't do that as much) Needless to say, the friendships I've forged through blogging have been priceless ♥ Thank you to everyone who is willing to gush and chat books with me!! xxxxx


Other bonuses that have come from blogging: I've finally found a way to make use of the library. I never used to go to the library because our local one doesn't have the variety I seek but now that I've gotten into audiobooks (thanks to blogging!!) I can check out books from libraries from all over my province! I love getting books from the library because that way you can better decide which books deserve to be bought and taken home with you. Audiobooks have been a life changer too, they've made my commute to and from work a breeze and have helped me get through books while doing other, more mundane tasks. It's truly been a win/win situation all around.

My library usage evolution: from invisible to BAM! THERE.

So I want to know: how has blogging changed your bookish self? Have your reading habits evolved because of it? Have you gotten into new hobbies and habits that you didn't have before? Tell me all the things!


*This post is part of the 2016 Discussion Challenge hosted by the lovely ladies Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction & Shannon @ It Stars at Midnight*

34 comments:

  1. Blogging has deff changed my reading habits! Like you I've gotten much better at picking out books I know I'll enjoy and it really has opened my eyes to so many different kinds of books. There are so many favorites I've read that I don't know if I ever would have discovered without blogging. Great post!

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    1. Same here! I feel like I've matured as a reader because of blogging - though I still read MG and YA, I'm just better at picking out 'me' books! And recs from other bloggers are GOLD! Thanks Teresa^^ x

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  2. Yes!! Blogging has changed my reading habits in pretty much all of the same ways. I never would have picked up Ready Player One in the past - but I'm LOVING it!

    I really need to check out the audiobook selection at my library. I've never looked into it really. Hmmm...

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. YES! I can't wait to read your thoughts on RPO Nicole so I can gush about it all over again with you :D

      The audiobook section at my library was the highlight of recent bookish life!!

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  3. YES!! Before I started blogging, I read a lot of the same authors. Many were the larger named authors, with #1 NYT Best Sellers and long running series. Now, I'm reading more indie authors. I've left some of the Best Selling authors, but I still read many of them. I do find that I'm pickier than I used to be. My TBR list has grown so much because I'm getting so many great recommendations, that I have to be pickier or I will never get to all the books I want to read.

    I love that you've gotten into audiobooks. As a fellow audiobook junkie, I'm alway glad to hear about a convert. As for the library, don't forget, you can always request books. Many libraries have an online form for requests, usually in the contact us section of the site. How good they are about buying off those requests usually depends on their budget, but it never hurts to ask.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

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    1. Same here^^ I kept rereading my favorite books/authors over and over again. Every time I ventured into something unfamiliar, it just didn't do it for me like my favorites did! Yup, when I started blogging my TBR shelf just exploded so now I'm more selective as to what gets added on there.

      Audiobooks have CHANGED my reading life!! Thanks for the tip, I'll have to look into that! I checked quickly but couldn't find anything but worst case, I'll contact them directly and inquire :)

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  4. Great topic! Yes, blogging has definitely changed my bookish self. I read a lot more books in other genres. Scary books used to creep me out too much, but now I LOVE them. Yes, part of that is just growing up and fine-tuning tastes, but blogging has allowed me to find the perfect titles for me more often than if I was just browsing my library for new titles (like I did when I was younger - though I DID read some great books this way).

    -Lauren
    www.letsgetbeyondtolerance.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Lauren! I find a read a wider variety of genres now too. Some of that is definitely growing, changing and maturing but blogging/reviewing has allowed me to really sort through and figure out what works for me and what doesn't. Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. I can relate. I was mostly a fantasy reader too, and while it's still my first love, I read contemps now and YA stuff and mysteries, and I'm even trying some urban fantasy now. So I'm definitely expanding my horizons thanks to blogging!

    People to talk books with is also a plus. :)

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    1. That's the great thing: talking to other bloggers means finding people with similar tastes and discovering new books that way! Plus bookish chats are naturally the best :D

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  6. My reading style is like completely different now it's sorta creepy, lol.

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    1. LOL! Creepy but it's also kind of cool, no? :)

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  7. I read across genres in fiction before I started blogging,but now, I'll pick up even more different books thanks to other bloggers :) I also discovered audiobooks thanks to blogger friends, and I love listening to a good read ;)
    Great topic, Micheline!
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. I love how much of an impact blogger friends have on our reading lives ♥ I would have never discovered so many quality fantasy, sci-fi, and even a few contemporaries otherwise. Same goes for audio!! Thanks Lexxie^^ x

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  8. Yeah, I mean I definitely agree with everything you've said. I feel like it is now impossible for me to NOT review - even just in my mind - a book that I read. And I used to choose the books I would review, before I had a blog, but now I can't help but review everything I lay my eyes on ;)

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    1. Oh you mean now that you have a blog you review all the books you read? I always did that since I got on Goodreads but it's a habit that's stuck with me as well.

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  9. YES to all of these things! Blogging has absolutely made me more aware of elements that work for me in books and ones that don't. When I first got back into reading again as an adult, I was all over the place with my reading choices, lol. Thanks to reading reviews and getting recs from bloggy friends, I make more informed decisions about what I pick up to read nowadays, which is so important because a lot of us just don't have the time to invest in a book only to get halfway through and DNF it. :/ Another lovely, thought-provoking discussion post, Micheline! ♥

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    1. LOL! When I got back to reading as an adult, I just kept rereading favorites like HP and, at the time, Twilight. Thankfully, I started getting recs from my cousin and a few close friends - such as Hunger Games, and that got me out of my rut and into new things! Same here: there's not enough time in a week to read good books without wasting time on flops. Thank you my friend ♥

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  10. I couldn't agree more Micheline. I also make pickier and therefore make wiser choices. I have come out of shell a little too since I'm a very shy person. Great post

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    1. It feels good to feel confident in your reading choices doesn't it?! And I can relate to being a naturally shy person too^^ Thanks Daniela!

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  11. I definitely agree! Before blogging, I would only be aware of books that have been really famous, since I didn't spend much time finding out new or good releases every year. Now, my TBR pile is nearly blowing up and in tears. SORRY, PILE.

    I also agree that blogging has helped me know my preferences more. I wouldn't just be all "Hey, this is a pretty cover I'm going to read it" and be more "Hmm summary's not quite my thing... Maybe I'll just read something else."

    Great post!

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    1. Same here^^ which is how I found HP, Twilight and The Hunger Games...but beyond that? I was hopeless XD I've been there with the tbr pile too but now I've forced myself to becoming pickier that way too LOL!

      YES^^ instead of picking books based on covers and often misleading blurbs, I feel more educated in my bookish decision making! Thanks Mara!

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  12. No complaints from me that we get another thoughtful discussion post from you this week - BUT I am glad to hear that you finally have more free time to read now that your busy spell at work is over.

    And yes, I would agree with all of the above in my case too! I've definitely honed my reading choices since I started blogging, and yet I've become more adventurous in other senses with trying out different genres. And I'm definitely way more critical about books than I used to be, but I would agree that that's definitely a good thing - it really separates my FAVOURITES from the rest. There are times when certain aspects of blogging stresses me out and negatively affects my reading habits, but I can honestly say my post-blogging reading experiences have been overwhelmingly good on the whole. Especially the part where we get to be part of a community that enjoys discussing and fangirling over books!! ^_^

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    1. Awww, thank you my friend^^ Same here though! I'm looking forward to more reading time and for things returning to normal :)

      You're right: as much as I've fine tuned my preferences, I've (slowly) become more adventurous as well! I think being more critical is a good thing too. I used to either love or like everything. Now I've given myself room to discern between dislikes, meh, likes, loves and FAVORITES! And yeah: being part of a bookish community is the best ♥

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  13. I completely feel you! The weather here has been terrible with a bunch of storms one after another and on top of that I get migraines with pressure changes so my head has been feeling like it's going to explode. I haven't blogged or read in about a week. I'm trying to catch up a little now. I'm with you...I mainly feel like I've read BETTER books since I started blogging. Some of those books that I used to think were So Amazing now are kinda 'meh' compared to the ones that I've found through blogging that have moved up to my favorites. I also really enjoy getting to hash out and discuss what was so great about books. I feel like with books and music that if I find something amazing, everyone else should read/listen to it as well.

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    1. I get migraines with pressure changes too!! *HUGS Jaclyn* YES EXACTLY: past books I loved now seem very average and I know if I reread them now, I wouldn't love them as much. It definitely separates the true favorites from the herd that way! And having a venue to gush and be gushed at about awesome books is priceless :D

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  14. Yeah, I would definitely say all of these changes hold true to me as well! I used to pick books out at random at the library because I wasn't blogging or on Goodreads, which led to some really bad books. Now I can go to the library and recognize and know about 80% of the titles, which is pretty cool. I also venture into contemporary books more now. Nice post! :)

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    1. Same here Alise! I picked some really lame books that way too but I did get lucky now and then. Now though I am familiar with SO MANY books, genres, etc that I know straight away which to gravitate towards :D Thank you ♥

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  15. Great topic, as a new blogger I have been thinking about it alot. My Posting Schedule for May includes 2 posts on this subject, one on the negative impacts and one on the positive. I like to include links to similar posts on other blogs. I have added this link to the ones I will consider for the 2nd post.

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    1. Thank you :) I'll be curious to see what you have to say on the matter.

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  16. Blogging has definitely changed my reading style and how I look at characters as a whole. I noticed that I'm paying more attention to details especially when I think about how to relate my experience to others in a way that would let them know the book is about without giving much away. I am also more critical now compared to how I used to read.

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    1. Agreed: I definitely pay more attention to details while reading now that I blog as well. Before I used to just go with it, now I analyze all the different aspects as I go!

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  17. I love this discussion post Micheline! I definitely agree, blogging has widened the scope for the genres and the books that I read. I was struggling to find books that really clicked with me before I started and now I'm happy to have a massive TBR. Definitely checking out the library and putting books on hold as well which I didn't before.

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

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    1. Thank you Jeann^^ I think that's one of the best parts of blogging: broadening our bookish horizons! I struggled to find books that clicked with me too and now I have so many choices...well I suppose now the struggle is WHERE to start LOL!

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