Sunday Salon : on Books and the Influence of blogging
Happy Sunday fellow Saloners!
How has your week been?
Mine has been pretty good on the reading side :
Books I read this Week :
- Extras, by Scott Westerfeld
- Liar, by Justine Larbalestier
- Living Dead Girl, by Elizabeth Scott
Books I reviewed this Week :
I still read more than I review, and this is why I created The Review Challenge! If like me you have a pile of books on your desk, waiting to be reviewed, come and join! The rules are very simple, too. I have created it for myself first, and I didn’t want to put too much pressure either. Hopefully I’ll be able to start 2010 with no books left to be reviewed!
Also, you know that comic thing I do once in while? Well, I did it again! And I want to thank you all, because it’s amazing to read your comments on them! Thank you! 😀
Today I’ll be reading Life as We Knew It and The Pshysick Book of Deliverance Dane. Both are really great reads! I’ve been kind of lucky with my reading lately – or maybe it’s because I listen to your many amazing reviews.
When I look back on this year’s reading, I can see that I have read a lot less “bad” books than in the previous years (and by bad, I mean books that I didn’t personally appreciated). I could brag about my incredible ability to select the right book at the right time, but the truth is, a lot of it comes from the influence of other readers and bloggers.
Since I started following blogs and communities like Goodreads, I have taken the habit to “investigate” a book before deciding whether I should read it or not. It helps to read reviews and comments, to know whether a book is for me or not. Sometimes a great review will push me to read a book I wouldn’t have read otherwise; sometimes, even a negative review will have the same effect!
And I’m not even gonna start talking about the influence this has had on my TBR pile!
What about you guys? Has blogging influenced what you read? Do you find it easier to pick the right books for you?