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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!

Let’s face it – most of us would have never started blogging about books if we didn’t love to read. Blogging is definitely a twenty-first century phenomenon that finally allows like-minded individuals to come together and share in their love of books. At no other point in history would this have been possible to such a degree as has been allowed due to the advent of the Internet age. Book blogging opens up a world of possibilities to those who are interested, from exposure to entirely new canons, genres, authors, and the like, to gushing about the latest YA love triangle with a fellow blogger halfway across the world from you. We have the power to change lives and careers, and it can be a heady experience.

Before I started blogging, I never knew which of the new books were worth reading, so I stuck with classics, Nora Roberts, and Anne Rice. My entire literary exposure revolved around those two present-day authors and authors long since dead. This always meant that I was struggling to find my next read and had a relatively small library of carefully selected books, only a handful of which remained unread. I never discussed books with other people because of a lasting trauma at being ridiculed for being a bookworm as a child. Reading was never considered cool, and it was a lesson from school that stuck with me for decades. It didn’t prevent me from reading, but I learned to keep it my “shameful” secret.

I have been blogging for over two years now, and things have definitely changed! My library has grown 400 percent, with a majority of them unread. I now know which books are going to be big, which ones are sleeper hits, and which ones I need to avoid at all costs, well in advance of them ever hitting the shelves. I no longer read just classics, Nora Roberts or Anne Rice. In fact, while I continue to read a classic a month, I haven’t picked up a Nora Roberts or Anne Rice novel in almost three years. I am no longer ashamed to say that I read voraciously and relish handing out my blog business cards to as many people as possible. I am proud to be a book blogger, proud of the confidence I have built as a result of blogging and the voice I now have. I love each and every blogging friend gained over the past two-plus years because they have all made me a better person in some way. Book blogging literally changed my life.

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