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Reading Changes…

As any reader can tell you, your reading habits will change with your mood or with the place you are in your life.  When you’re younger, you’ll probably read more about relationships and friendships, but as you age, your reading may take you into deeper topics about the environment, humanity, socio-political issues, war, and more.  This may not always be the case for some readers.  But reading also is driven by mood, like when you are in a bad mood and need a book that will pick you up out of the doldrums.  For instance, right now, I’m glad that the books I’m reading next — To the Moon and Back by Jill Mansell, One Day by David Nicholls, and Fitzwilliam Darcy, Rock Star by Heather Rigaud — are expected to be full of humor, romance, and fun since I’m in a poopy mood.

On a broader scale, has blogging influenced what I read?  Yes, somewhat.  Would I have still read poetry?  YES!  Would I still have read the wide variety of books I do now? YES!  However, would I have read the specific books I have in the last year?  Maybe or maybe not; it would have depended on if I found them in the bookstore through browsing or if they would have been recommended to me by others.  I’ve always been an eclectic reader, but some of the more obscure or specialized books I’ve read, ranging from photography to nonfiction war books, probably would not have made their way into my hands without bloggers.

Found this crazy snow whale photo on the Web and couldn't resist.

In that same way, my giveaway today has to do with recommending what I think is a great book, published by one of the local D.C. area presses, Atticus Books. 

I already read this gently used ARC, and now I want to pass it onto one of you to read and enjoy.  Remember this is a parody and you need not have read Moby Dick to enjoy it because I’ve never finished that “great” Melville work, and I loved The Snow Whale.

You must be a book blogger to enter and leave a link to your blog.  Deadline for this international giveaway is Sept. 16, 2011, at 11:59PM EST

  • Thanks, Serena, for the giveaway! I book blog at http://sugarpeach.wordpress.com/.

  • I love that you use recommended books for reading selections when you’re feeling down. I’ve been going with books by favorite authors for ragweed season, but your idea would work well for me, too.

    Thanks for the giveaway. The snow whale photo made me smile!

  • Amy

    I remember reading a few reviews for this book including yours and it sounded fantastic. Thank you so much for passing on your ARC.

    I’m sorry you are in a ‘poopy’ mood. iIhate when that happens but it’s part of life. It sounds ike you have some perfect to read to help lift your mood. Well, except One Day but I was pretty much the lone dissenter with that one! I hope you like it. My moods impact my reading quite a bit. One thing with book blogging that’s been great is I’ve discovered many more great novels that are humorous!

    This is a great giveaway, Serena, Thank you!
    Aimala127(at)gmail(dot)com

    Great score on the Snow Whale photo! Hilarious and, of course, perfect for this giveaway!

    • Amy, I’ve seen mixed reviews of One Day, so I’ve been concentrated on To the Moon and Back by Jill Mansell…and some poetry. I just love that photo. Thanks for entering and stopping by…good luck in the giveaway.

  • I still read a lot of the genres I used to read before, but I branch out way more than I used to and I read YA which I never really did before…

    • I also have started reading more YA too.

  • My reading has certainly been influenced by blogging–and while I do tend to read the same things that I did before blogging I agree that some of the more obscure titles or genres would probably have passed me by. So glad for new discoveries!

  • Other bloggers definitely influence what I read. I keep a list of books to read along with the blogger to blame for adding it to my tbr pile. I’m willing to read outside of my comfort zone thanks to all the bloggers I follow. I’m reading more nonfiction now than my preblogging days.

    • Did you ever think you’d enjoy nonfiction before blogging?

  • Yeah, so happy to see The Snow Whale here! I’ve read a few of Atticus Books’s titles and have been really impressed. (Have you read The Bee-Loud Glade by Steve Himmer? That was my favorite of theirs, and one of my favorites of the year so far as well.) I enjoyed The Snow Whale, too (so no need to enter me in the giveaway), even though I’ve never been anywhere near Moby Dick. (Also, that snow whale reminds me of a Goldfish cracker, for some reason!)

    • I’m so glad that you enjoyed The Snow Whale. I have not read The Bee-Loud Glade. I have the great lenore next on the to-read list from them and want to read the great gatsby before doing so, though I don’t think that’s necessarily a requirement.

  • I totally agree that reading tastes change with age, but beyond that, bloggers have helped me step outside my comfort zone with certain genres. You know how I sort of abandoned poetry years back, and if it wasn’t for your frequent poetry reviews and discussions and encouragement (or demands, LOL), I probably wouldn’t read as much poetry as I do. It’s not a lot, but it’s more than before.

    No need to enter me, but I’ve added the giveaway to my sidebar.

    • I’m glad to have “demanded” that you read some poetry.

  • I love your points about reading habits changing because of age and how interests deepen and broaden as we get older. I’ve only been blogging for six months, but before, I never kept track of how many books I read – I just read them. I think that is one of the biggest changes to my reading habits so far.
    Julie @ Read Handed´s last blog post ..The Best Books I Read in Grad School: Library Science

    • Do you find it helpful too keep track of your reading?

      • Eh. Not particularly. I like that I have this tangible (sort of…) list of what books I’ve read, but I don’t like that I feel (internal) pressure to read more books to get my “stats” up. Sometimes I’ll see that another blogger read twelve books in a month and feel inadequate because I usually only read about 5 or 6. I know that’s silly, especially since page count, rather than a book count, is really a more accurate stat if you’re looking at how much reading someone gets done.
        Julie @ Read Handed´s last blog post ..The Best Books I Read in Grad School: Library Science

        • I just have a personal book goal and if I meet it I’m happy. I tend not to pay too much attention to the read counts of others. Just take a breathw ehn you feel pressured and remember reading is for you!

  • First of all, congrats on your award! I’m so happy that you won, and proud. And you are right, you can find a book to fit every mood, even poopy ones. David Sedaris always gets me out of a poopy mood, but British humor will do it too. Before blogging, I was pretty much a mystery/thriller reader only. Amazing how much stuff I read now that three years ago was totally off my radar.

    • Jill Mansell is the British humor I’m enjoying right now.

  • Reading depends so much on our moods. Right now my mood forbids me to read novels!! Strange, isn’t it?!!

    Here is my post:

    BBAW 2011: Readers

    • It is strange how our moods dictate our reading. I often find I have to be in a certain mood for quiet novels for instance…like other times I don’t have the patience for them.

  • In my pre-blog days, I got most of my books from the library and generally put them on hold and didn’t really browse around when I picked them up, so blogging has changed what I read.

    • I think blogging has certainly helped broaden a lot of readers’ horizons…and generally for the better.

  • Isn’t it great how blogging has changed all of our reading habits?

    • I like that its changed my reading habits. I think its wonderful.

  • Lol. I never could finish Moby Dick. Even joined a read-along for support, and most of the participants gave up after a few chapters.
    It’s so true that mood influences the way you read a novel, and had it not been for book blogs, I would never have found some wonderful indie and self-published authors.

    • I never finished Moby Dick either….but I really enjoyed The Snow Whale.