Book Blogging Changed How I Read (and not for the best)

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I recently took a trip down memory lane and glanced back through the list of books I’ve read since I first started tracking my reading in late 2012. As I skimmed through the titles, something struck me. For the first few years after I began tracking my reading, I remembered something about every book, whether it was the plot, a character I particularly connected with, or a specific memory of reading the book. But as time passed, this happened less and less. And I wondered, how can I remember the books I read several years ago but not those I picked up more recently? 

The change didn’t occur overnight. Instead, it happened over the course of a few years of blogging. When I first started out, I posted a review whenever I finished reading a book. I didn’t try to keep to any particular schedule and wound up posting approximately once every other week. Over time, I fell into a groove of reading and reviewing one book a week, which eventually evolved into two books a week. And although I kept up with that pace for quite some time, the way I approached and read books began to change.

In an effort to read all the books that came across my path that I was excited about, I read faster. Not so fast that I couldn’t write a clear review, but enough that once some time passed after finishing, I couldn’t remember much about the book. 

I also started reading more books at a time. I’ve always been a fan of having a couple books going at once—maybe a nonfiction for before bed and fiction during the day, or an audiobook and physical copy, or a fast paced read and a slower chapter a day book. While reading two books at a time, I could still retain plenty from both books. But after combining these tactics, I was reading three or four books at a time, and the amount I could recall after the fact dropped significantly.

This certainly wasn’t intentional; I was just so eager to read great books and share them! No one told—or even asked—me to read more. No one said this is the only way to blog about books. But somewhere along the way, I got the idea in my head that to be a book blogger I had to read 100 books a year and constantly be talking about new books. And in doing so, I stopped giving each book the space it needed. Or rather, the space I needed to fully absorb a book. 

My reading habits changed again after having a baby. Then I couldn’t remember books for a whole different reason. (Mom brain is a thing!) But at that time, I was forced to slow down and rethink how I would be able to continue book blogging with new reading habits. 

In this new season of life, I’m trying to find a balance that will be consistent and sustainable. Reading has and always will be a part of my life, and blogging about books has helped me find a community of like-minded readers that I don’t want to lose. So, in figuring out what book blogging will look like moving forward, I’d love to hear from you! Please share any thoughts you may have on this subject in the comments or, if you’re so inclined, take this short survey about your reading and blog reading preferences.

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15 thoughts on “Book Blogging Changed How I Read (and not for the best)

  1. This is something I noticed in the last year or so too. I used to not just remember something, but more or less everything about a book I read. Of course, I usually took 2-3 weeks to read a book, and took the time to *really* enjoy it and immerse myself. Now I pretty much read them as fast as I’m able. I was shocked the first time I realized I couldn’t remember any character names in a book I had *really* enjoyed!

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      1. It did at one point, enough that I wrote a blog post similar to yours. I don’t know that it does right now. I’ve been trying to re-read more so I can remember the books I really loved a little better, though.

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  2. I just chalked it up to getting older 😀

    It might also be why I’m re-reading so much these past couple of years. But not remembering doesn’t bother me any more, not with the synopsis I now write.

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  3. That is indeed soooo true! 😮 When I think about it, there are soooo many books that I’d have a tough time to quickly summarize and recommend to people on the spot now, especially I don’t get to reread the reviews I wrote for them. Blogging has definitely helped in incorporating an insane reading routine in my life, that I’d probably never change, but I do think that we clearly don’t take the time to read them with more breathing room to fully appreciate the emotions and thoughts we have for them! 😮 Great post, Nicole!

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