Welcome to Bookish Blatherings, a Bad Bird Reads feature where I ramble about bookish or bloggerish things and hopefully you will join in on the discussion.
So, obviously we all have lives outside of book blogging. Some of us have more time to blog and read than others. Our lives change, our reading habits change. When I was just going to school, I read everyday. At least 2-3 hours on weekdays and 6-8 hours on weekends. Then I was jobless for a bit after finishing school and read pretty much 8 hours a day while looking for a job. Then I started social media consulting and doing some web design and my hours got cut back. Now I am back in school and working for the school at the same time. Each semester is different, but I have primarily become a weekend reader. I literally don’t go anywhere on the weekends anymore (Okay, sometimes I do, but not often) and just read for about 6 hours a day on Saturday and Sunday, with some Fridays mixed in too. I want to read, so this is no chore for me. I prefer reading to most things. But with my schedule, I just can’t read during the weekdays anymore.
However, I have started to use my Kindle’s Text to Speech feature. In the mornings and the car ride to work, I listen to my books. That only adds up to about an hour all together, but it does help. I know most of you might not like hearing a robotic voice read out each word of a book. It can be odd at first, but I am use to it now. Obviously, I don’t get out as many reviews each week as I use too, that’s why I started doing my A Look Back reviews. I love reviewing the books I read before I became a book blogger. It had to be done eventually, and now they fill the spots of those extra books I don’t have time to read anymore. I am averaging about 2 books a week now. I use to do about 4 books a week.
Life changes and that’s great, but our reading habits have to adapt. I have seen a huge influx of bloggers reading audio books, which is a great idea. I was thinking of turning towards that too. I use to read audio books a lot when I had a longer commute to work, but it only takes me 20 minutes now.
We all have a lot going on in our lives. Some book bloggers are married with kids, just had a kid, have two jobs, go to school full time, the list goes on. Which leads me to wonder…