Armchair Book Expo – Collaborate and Listen


“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?  What’s that?  I am pretty much entirely out of the loop.  I almost never know what new books are coming out when.  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.  Don’t even ask me about publishers.  I never know.  I have realized lately though that most of the books I’m loving come from Tor. 

My book finding habits have changed.  I used to just go to the library and look at the new release shelves.  I might browse around some favorite authors or genres in the stacks.  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.  I just go as far in as the desk to pick them up.  I never actually go into the stacks any more.

In a way, that’s sad.  There isn’t the surprise of finding a good book that you didn’t know about.  On the other hand, I’ve found out about a lot of books that I would have never found just browsing the library.  Interlibrary loan is my friend.  I have weird tastes in books. 

I don’t worry about ARCs.  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.  I don’t do it often though.  (Except for this summer.  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.  I love backlist books.  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.  I don’t need the pressure of having to read a book by a certain date.  I read what I want when I want and I DNF liberally and sometimes not even on purpose.  I just get caught up in another book and forget I was reading something else.  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?



  • Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    I still put too much pressure on myself, though I’ve gotten a bit better. I almost never DNF because I just can’t bring myself to do it and I read mostly ARCs and then have to stress about reading schedules. I’m mostly okay with it for now, but someday I might have to change things up a bit!

  • vendija723

    I am not on NetGalley at all, but otherwise you’ve described perfectly my reading habits and how they’ve changed .I still wander a bit at the library, but not like “in the old days.” Lots of placing holds and picking them up when they’re in.

  • Haley

    I’m always out of the loop too. At this point, I don’t even try to keep up with publishing news, new releases, etc.

    Over the past two years or so, I’ve stopped requesting most review books, and when I do request review books, they’re almost always ebooks. I just feel like ebooks are easier to deal with than mailing a print version (both for me and, I imagine at least, for the people at the publisher). Whenever I get a review book, I feel pressure to review it as timely as possible, which is fine every so often, but I like not worrying about it all the time.

  • Jenna @ Falling Letters

    My ‘book finding’ habits have changed in the exact same way as yours. I find most books I want to read online instead of while browsing the library, and I pick up most library books via hold nowadays. I do try to make an effort to get out and browse the stacks, because I still find that fun and relaxing. As for ‘keeping up’, I try to stay up-to-date with my favourite authors but that’s about as much as I can manage. I’m usually a few years behind with ‘new’ releases, though I am trying to make an effort to read more new diverse releases closer to their release date this year. Great post!

  • Mollys Cafinated Reads

    Oh lordy. I started blogging in 2009 and so much has changed through the years! But one thing is for sure! I can count on other bloggers and also TLC Book Tours for amazing books! As for NetGalley, I use it, but only if the author is offering a book I want for reviewing on that platform alone. I do utilize the library way more than I should being a blogger and having loads to review for authors!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Armchair BEA Cafinated Reads Day 2

  • Brenda

    I’ve stopped browsing at the library too. For me it’s usually because so many of the books would already be checked out. It’s just easier to browse online, put a hold on it and then I get what I want. I save my browsing for when I’m on vacation and get to check out the local bookstores. My Day#2 Armchair BEA

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