“The online book community has changed so much over the years. How do we keep up within our own book-sphere as well as within the community as a whole (i.e., libraries, bookstores, authors, publishers, etc.)?”
Keep up?Â What’s that?Â I am pretty much entirely out of the loop.Â I almost never know what new books are coming out when.Â If I do it is because I’ve read something else that I loved of the author’s and now I’m following them on Twitter.Â Don’t even ask me about publishers.Â I never know.Â I have realized lately though that most of the books I’m loving come from Tor.Â
My book finding habits have changed.Â I used to just go to the library and look at the new release shelves.Â I might browse around some favorite authors or genres in the stacks.Â I can’t remember when the last time I did that was.
Now I have such a list of books that I want to read that I heard about on Twitter or through other blogs and websites and I put in requests at the library.Â I just go as far in as the desk to pick them up.Â I never actually go into the stacks any more.
In a way, that’s sad.Â There isn’t the surprise of finding a good book that you didn’t know about.Â On the other hand, I’ve found out about a lot of books that I would have never found just browsing the library.Â Interlibrary loan is my friend.Â I have weird tastes in books.Â
I don’t worry about ARCs.Â I have a few book tour companies that I’m signed up with and if something sounds amazing I’ll sign up for the tour.Â I don’t do it often though.Â (Except for this summer.Â TLC Book Tours had a summer lineup that looked like they tailored just to get my attention.) I ignore NetGalley for years at a time.Â I love backlist books.Â There are so many books that I haven’t read yet that I don’t feel the need to be rushing to read new ones.Â I don’t need the pressure of having to read a book by a certain date.Â I read what I want when I want and I DNF liberally and sometimes not even on purpose.Â I just get caught up in another book and forget I was reading something else.Â People who put a lot of pressure on themselves don’t stick around these parts for long.
So how have you changed since you started blogging? Do you try to keep up with anything?