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!
My reading has definitely changed as a result of blogging. It's hard to believe that when I started blogging I didn't really read any fantasy, very few short stories and I didn't read a lot of YA (although to be the fair there wasn't anywhere near as much out there).
I thought though that today I would talk about more recent changes to my reading related habits - short stories.
In the past I would read anthologies only if one of the stories in a book was part of an ongoing series. It used to annoy me because often there were stories from other series also in the anthology and because I couldn't not read the whole book (it's the completist in me!) I would be reading series out of order. Other than that I most certainly didn't make any effort to read any short stories and I was quite content with that!
I am trying to think how my short story odyssey began this year.
I think it was that I started talking to a blogger on twitter (I am thinking it might have been Sean) who then posted about the Galactic Suburbia podcast which is where I heard about Twelfth Planet Press who have published three (and a half) of the collections that I have read so far this year. I have enjoyed them all, and I have already pre ordered the next three collections that are due to come out later in the year.
In addition I have also discovered the awesome short stories of Margo Lanagan and I have a couple of different collections/anthologies sitting on my book shelf waiting to be read!
One thing I haven't yet figured out is how to count and record the short stories that I read online for example, or that I listen to on podcasts. When I read a complete collection or anthology I just count it as a book read, but when it is single stories I haven't quite worked that out! How do you do this?
I would encourage everyone to occasionally follow the links as you never know where you might end up and how your reading may well be changed as a result!
Click on the images below to go to the reviews of the short story collections that I have read so far this year.
And the best thing about all of the collections I have read so far - all the authors are Australian and with the exception of the Sprawl anthology they are all female authors!