Have you found that the way in which you buy books has changed drastically since you started book blogging? I have, but only realised this recently. I was in a bookstore the other day and the change really hit me. I had looked through the shelves in the YA department once, then twice and then began wandering aimlessly completely unsatisfied.
It occurred to me that I'm familiar with a lot of the books already. I read a lot of book review blogs and have a good idea of what type of books I'd enjoy reading and which books I'd do best to avoid based on the reviews of very trusted bloggers. This sense of what I would probably like could be totally wrong, of course, but it doesn't often fail me. And at the same time, (incredibly luckily!) I get quite a few books sent to me for review anyway, so often, I already own or will be sent a fair number of the new releases available.
Has book blogging taken away my sense of adventure? I used to browse the shelves and tables, picking up books randomly based on title or cover. I used to read the synopsis on the back, flip through several pages and impulse buy. Now, I find myself going to bookstores with a specific book/s in mind, or I think about how a book might fit in well with a reading challenge or I'll remember a book review I'd read of a book lately.
I can't work out if that's really sad or if it's just really informed? I'd like to be surprised again. I'd like to walk into a bookstore, pick up a book and think 'huh, that looks good, I wonder what it's about?' Perhaps I need to branch out and read non-YA books for awhile? I'm not unhappy with the amount or the quality of the books that I read, but book blogging has definitely changed my reading habits entirely.
I'm not even sure if I'm making sense any more with this post? But do you know what I mean?