Do you read books that you don’t review? I used to, but I don’t anymore with one exception.
In the beginning
When I first started blogging at Mom’s Radius in May 2015, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to write about. I was looking for a place to catalog our family’s experience. I wanted to connect with other readers. And I wanted to share some life advice: recipes, parenting tips, etc. with whoever wanted to read my blog.
I read 12 books that month, but I only reviewed 4 of them on my blog. In June 2015 I read 12 books and reviewed 13 (one was a book I’d read a few months earlier). I quickly realized that the books I was reading were the perfect source of new content for my blog. It’s hard to come up with blog post ideas sometimes, but I have an endless supply of books that I’m reading and want to discuss with other.
Since then I have so many bookish things that I want to share that I launched this second blog as a platform for only Adult and YA book reviews and discussions, so I could post even more book reviews (including all the kids reviews I do over on Mom’s Radius).
What does that mean for my reading life? It means that I don’t ever read books if I’m not going to review them. I still find reading very pleasurable, or I wouldn’t do it. But there is an extra level of criticism that’s taking place in my brain as I read now. I’m analyzing the story, the characters, and the text in a way that I didn’t before I started writing reviews. I don’t read just for fun anymore with one exception.
When I re-read a book (or re-listen to a book, which is usually the case), I don’t have to think about what I’ll write in my review. I can just listen to the story and let my mind relax – at least a little bit because usually I re-listen when I’m doing something else: working, cooking, etc.