It’s another Thursday again which means another Let’s Discuss installment from Oh!Chrys and The Fiction Conniption. Today, I am going to talk about Keepin’ up with the Joneses in the blogging world. Based on the title itself, you most probably have an idea about what I’m getting at.
If you look around my blog, you must have noticed that I am new to the world of book blogging and I am still learning the ropes. Part of the learning process is to do some bloghopping from hundreds of hundreds (or is it thousands?) of book blogs out there checking what people has been reading and reviewing in the fond hope that I’d be able to get an idea of what kind of books peek the interest of other book bloggers. And I wasn’t disappointed since I kind of established that most people are more likely to get interested if the blog owner posted reviews about the newest books out in the market or if they displayed the most awaited ARCs for other bloggers to drool on.
And this put me into a pensive mood since I’m not the type of person who really keeps up with what’s new on the market unless it’s J.K. Rowling (yeah, I know) which isn’t really saying something. But most of the time, I follow my own instincts and pick whatever book that catches my fancy even if it was published years and years ago. And I also have this habit of sticking to a select number of series during a time period since I’m not really keen to start reading a new one if I haven’t finished the others. Like for example, if I am solve on reading the Vampire Academy and Percy Jackson series, it is expected that I would only read another series if I’ve read the final installments of those. It is seldom that I read books in between the waiting period. And if I should do so, it’s always stand alone novels for fear that I might not be able to keep track of all the upcoming sequels if it’s a series. I know that this gives me a very relax life but I think as a blogger, it limits what I can do and what I have to offer to the blogging community out there. This kind of tempted me to keep up with the trends in the book blogging community and purchase and review the newest books in the market in order to attract readers.
But then, it felt all wrong since I wanted to run this blog with as little pressure as possible but not totally relax that it only gets updated once a week or twice a month. All I just want to do is read and write a review of the books that I felt reading and reviewing and not because they’re the “in” thing in today’s market. But because I don’t to really get behind from all of what’s happening, I also do read and review ARCs from time to time but again, it’s not really my comfort zone. I am glad though that most of the ARCs that I’ve read so far are proving to be enjoyable reads which makes them worth my time.
It also wouldn’t hurt that I like reading about new book releases because it kinda creates this feeling that after I’m through reading my book picks, there’s something to look forward to. But again, I am not one to jump over the fence and purchase it immediately. I love testing the waters, see the raving reviews and if it’s a series, wait for the next sequel to come out so when I’m decided to buy it, I can directly purchase the two books or (if I’m lucky, purchase the whole set) saving my self from the agonizing wait. If you can just visit my list of books read, most of the book series indicated in there are purchased in complete sets except maybe for HP and Percy Jackson. So you see, I am 3-5 years behind from what you’re currently reading.
What can you say about my reading habits? Am I doing the right thing in terms of book blogging or do I need to improve my reading habits? Go on, don’t be shy. I am in a desperate need of an advice!
What about you by the way? Do you like to keep up with the Joneses and read and review the latest books in the market?