Before Book Blogging: I only read between 12 and 30 books per year.
Now: I shoot for 100 books a year but seem to only average about 6 books per month. Still, I’m quite impressed with myself.
Before Book Blogging: I never ever ever re-read anything.
Now: I sign up for challenges like Flashback where I re-read favorite books from years past – some not so distant! (I read The Book Thief in 2009 and again this year.)
Before Book Blogging: I rarely went out of my way to read more works by a particular author.
Now: I want to get my hands on anything and everything written by Margaret Atwood, Ian McEwen, Jennie Nash, Khaled Hosseini, Jhumpa Lahiri, Neil Gaiman, manymanymanymore.
Before Book Blogging: I had never heard of Neil Gaiman, Nadine Gordimer, Diana Wynn Jones, Beth Kephart, Kazuo Ishiguro, …
Now: I’m glad there are more authors out there than Nicholas Sparks, James Patterson, Dan Brown, Grisham, Picoult.
Before Book Blogging: I would not have recommended Neil Gaiman.
Now: I am amazed when someone doesn’t know who Neil Gaiman is!!
Before Book Blogging: I never knew what a graphic novel was, now I can say I have even read a few.
Before Book Blogging: I would ask people if they’ve read anything good lately and I had rarely heard of it.
Now: I usually have heard of everything or at least the author and often have already read it myself!
Before Book Blogging: I would enter a bookstore and be overwhelmed by so many book choices.
Now: Still am… But now I’ve heard of a few of them. [Or a lot of them: I get a thrill when I walk around the Borders Buy-One-Get-Half-Off-A-Second table and I can count off, “read it, read it, want-to-read it, read it, read it, bought it, got it, read it, just read it, will read it soon, etcetcblahblahblah.]
Before Book Blogging: I was sad because I didn’t know who to talk to about books…
Now: I have TOO MANY wonderful bloggers to visit and chat with!! 😉