Short Stories, Irish literature, Classics, Modern Fiction, Contemporary Literary Fiction, The Japanese Novel, Post Colonial Asian Fiction, The Legacy of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and quality Historical Novels are Among my Interests

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Day 4-BBAW-How has Blogging Effected Your Reading Habits

Book Blogging and Reading Habits
BBAW Day 4

I am enjoying participating in BBAW.   On Monday I did a post on two bloggers that have influenced me a lot, on Tuesday I did a post on three short stories I learned about from readers of my blog, and on Wednesday I did a post on building and finding a community for your blog.   Here is today's topic:

Thursday September 15th: Readers
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!

These are all good topics.   I will talk about how book blogging has changed 
in a huge way how I read.

I will keep this post short!   I had a life time aversion to reading short stories.   A suggestion from Suko that I join in a book blog event on short stories lead to me seeing how wrong I was and now I Iove short stories and so far this year have read 405 of them.   

I joined the Japanese Literature Challenge two years ago and fell in love with the Japanese novel.   This gave me the confidence to begin to read works from other Asian countries.

Thanks to blogging I hope to host as an annual event Irish Short Stories Week (march 12 2012) and Indonesian Short Stories week in August of 2012.    I now am trying to learn more about these two areas as well as South Asian short stories.

Book Blogging has in a very fundamental and wonderful ways transformed how I read and helps me keep my passion for literature awake.

Mel u


Suko said...

Mel, thank you again for the mention! You have read and reviewed so many short stories now--you could teach a course! As I've mentioned, I've discovered many great authors because of you (and have added many more to my TBR list).

Isn't it interesting to note how are reading tastes and adventures are influenced by others!

shelleyrae @ book'd out said...

Blogging is a wonderful way of stretching reading experiences!

Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

Sarah Reads Too Much said...

I'll have to check in again for your Irish Short Stories event! That sounds fun!

Twimom227 said...

Isn't it wonderful how peers will help open our eyes to books we thought we'd never like?

gautami tripathy said...

Mel, I like the way you can read so much varied books from all parts of the world.

Reading is a part of life. Any kind of reading. Be it research papers or book blogs. They always keep us going, the dear book bloggers!

Here is my post:

BBAW 2011: Readers

Erin said...

I love how diverse the blogosphere is and also how many varied events there are out there supporting so many different passions. I also love how it's so easy to stumble across one such event or genre or format, give it a try, and fall in love!

Amy said...

Enjoyed your post, and I love your author collage!

Kailana said...

I read short stories now because of blogging, too. I hardly ever read them before!

Anastasia @ Here There Be Books said...

I love it when blogging inspires people to become more diverse in their reading! It's just an awesome thing all around.

- Anastasia @ Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog

Amy said...

Oh awesome, I also read short stories now thanks to blogging recommendations :)

@parridhlantern said...

You already know my opinion on the Japanese literature challenge ( I picked up a Kobo Abe book yesterday) so I will choose other areas that this blogging lark has changed my reading life- It's made more more open & proud about my obsession, It's not something I hide because people aren't interested or because they'll think I'm some swotty geek. So now I'm loud & proud about this part of my life, not lurking in some corner with my book & why that is, is because I'm not alone there are millions like me - A bookfiend.

Michelle Stockard Miller said...

It's great that book blogging has expanded your reading horizons as it has. Over 400 short stories! Wow, I'm impressed!

Thank you for visiting my blog. =O)