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Comments for Book Blogger Hop for September 09, 2011
Book Blogger Hop for September 09, 2011: 09/09/11
This week we're asked what would happen if publishers stopped offering books in the genre we typically read. To this I say, huh? This super focused approach to reading that's genre and publication year oriented is in complete opposition to how I read and think about reading.
Looking at the genres I typically review: children's books (of all genres and focused primarily at the 5 to 12 age range), fiction, LGBT books, non-fiction, science fiction and fantasy, short stories and mysteries. That's a wide range of books right there. I'm not a niche reader or reviewer.
So let's say all those types of books were suddenly no longer published. It would probably take me a year or so for it to impact my reading in any way. Well before, that, of course, I'd hear about it through the book bloggers I follow on Twitter. But the lack of new books wouldn't personally affect me for a while. I tend to be a year or so behind in reading when it comes to newly published titles. I suppose I would notice the lack of new titles at places like Net Galley so my reviews would skew more towards my own collection and that of my local library.
The lack of new books would be an opportunity for me to finally catch up on my to be read pile. I have about a year's worth of reading just waiting for me. I would also be able to clear off my shelves of clutter. I tend to give away books after I read them, unless it is a reference book or one I think my children or husband would like to read. I would declutter my home and rethink how I use the few spaces I have available.
After all of that was done and I was to a point where I needed to find reading, I would have many options, the same ones I'm using now: the library, used book stores, and online sources, such as Project Gutenberg.
Comment #1: Friday, September, 9, 2011 at 17:27:43
I'm not a niche reader or reviewer either. I'm sure I could find some interesting book I'd be willing to read. ;)
Comment #2: Friday, September 9, 2011 at 18:46:27
I think you and I would do just fine.
Comment #3: Friday, September, 9, 2011 at 18:46:43
You're right. If they stopped writing the genre that we read we would have time for that TBR pile. I know mine just keeps growing.
Comment #4: Friday, September 9, 2011 at 18:48:24
I'm trying to keep my TBR pile under control by giving away books as I read them but I gave into temptation a few times at the end of summer.
Comment #5: Friday, September, 9, 2011 at 19:47:12
Thanks for stopping by my blog. I agree there are to many books out there not to find something to read! :) I to would have a great supply to use up before I had to worry about not having that genre to ready anymore..lol.
Comment #6: Friday, September 9, 2011 at 18:50:34
My TBR is so large. I need to read and weed.
Comment #7: Friday, September, 9, 2011 at 21:00:36
I know what you mean! The lack of new books being published would definitely allow me to catch up on my giant to-read pile. Not that I wish for that, of course!
Comment #8: Friday, September 9, 2011 at 18:51:10
Ha ha! Right, it does smack of a "be careful what you wish for" statement, doesn't it?
Comment #9: Friday, September, 9, 2011 at 21:06:08
I agree. I have tons on my TBR too so that's a way to catch up! =) But I'm more into YA so I'm going to miss them terribly if they just vanished from the shelves!
Comment #10: Friday, September 9, 2011 at 18:53:10
Welcome to my blog. I'm trying to get into YA, although I seem to always end up reading middle grade books again.
Comment #11: Friday, September, 9, 2011 at 21:06:36
Love the answer...and then of course once the TBR pile is finished you can always go hit those classics!
Comment #12: Friday, September 9, 2011 at 19:04:10
Exactly. Beyond the classics there are just old out of print novels and whatnot waiting to be found at used book shops and libraries.
Comment #13: Friday, September, 9, 2011 at 21:13:14
I am a follower! I hope you will stop by The Writers Voice! It is my new group author blog and posts start tomorrow!
Comment #14: Friday, September 9, 2011 at 19:05:11
Good luck with the blog launch.
Comment #15: Friday, September, 9, 2011 at 21:19:15
Yeah, there's no shortage of already published material out there. It's interesting to see how different people are interpreting the question. I didn't take it to mean that all publishing magically stops. Rather, that my favorite genres suddenly fall out of favor, and other things are all the rage. Then what? You go to the store to buy a book, and there's not much in your comfort zone. How do you branch out?
It's definitely true: even if I dedicated my every waking moment for the rest of my life reading, I'll never read everything that's already been published. It's just impossible!
Comment #16: Friday, September 9, 2011 at 19:06:11
I went so far as to say "all publishing" because my eclectic reading tastes.
Comment #17: Friday, September, 9, 2011 at 21:20:52
P.S. I meant to say how awesome that you appear to be doing a cat week on your blog! I'm definitely more of a cat person.
Comment #18: Friday, September 9, 2011 at 19:08:12
Thank you! How kind of you to notice. Tonight is my last of the cat posts. Tomorrow starts a new theme.
Comment #19: Friday, September, 9, 2011 at 21:37:14
Love it, and you're so right. If they stop publishing I can read all my TBR pile for a while and them search for new stuff.
Comment #20: Friday, September 9, 2011 at 19:12:13
My TBR could keep me going for a year. Add in my wishlist and I have another two or three years of solid reading!
Comment #21: Friday, September, 9, 2011 at 22:09:50
I hadn't thought of it this way - I could use some help catching up on my to-read pile! But I would really miss YA.
Thanks for stopping by my blog!
Comment #22: Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 10:48:20
There might still be a YA backlist.
Comment #23: Friday, September, 9, 2011 at 23:19:43
Thanks for stopping by my blog.
Comment #24: Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 10:49:31
Comment #25: Saturday, September, 10, 2011 at 01:22:19
I didn't even think of that aspect. There are so MANY books that have already been published that I would love to read and haven't yet .. I also have a full-to-bursting bookshelf with ONLY books that I haven't yet read. And there's re-reads, and ... really, when you think about it, (and I hope this could NEVER happen) - NO new titles could come out and there would STILL be plenty of reading to be done!
Comment #26: Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 10:51:12
I think we'd find lots and lots to read even if no new stuff from our favorite genres were published.
Comment #27: Saturday, September, 10, 2011 at 03:26:56
Great answer. If the whole publishing industry came to an end today, there are still so many books out there that I'd read.
Thank you for hopping by my blog and following, I'm a follower now!
Comment #28: Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 11:11:12
Tons and tons! Welcome to my blog. Thank you for following.
Comment #29: Saturday, September, 10, 2011 at 08:54:23
I think a lot of us would be lost if we lost our genre to read! I really wouldn't know what to do, after my state of denial I would then start re-reading my books though!
Thanks for visiting my blog!
Have a GREAT weekend!
Comment #30: Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 11:12:13
What about the backlist in your genre?
Comment #31: Saturday, September, 10, 2011 at 09:49:33
Thanks for stopping by my blog! I believe it will always be easy to find something to read, you just have to be willing to "read outside the box" once in awhile! New follower!
Comment #32: Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 11:13:34
Speaking of boxes, I'm such a compulsive reader, I read the backs of cereal boxes. Thank you for following and welcome to my blog.
Comment #33: Saturday, September, 10, 2011 at 11:58:39
I had not thought about that when I answered the question but the bulging box of books that contains my TBR would probably keep me entertained for a long time even if there were no more new books in my favorite genre(s) being published.
Comment #34: Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 11:15:15
I have boxes of books under my stairs waiting to be read. Then there are the shelves of books waiting to be read.
Comment #35: Friday, September, 9, 2011 at 21:54:45
You do read widely! I often feel like I'm complaining about my TBR pile. But really, I'm complaining about my lack of time. So you're right, if the flow of new books stopped, it would provide a chance to catch up a little. It's not like there would be nothing to read.
Comment #36: Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 11:16:15
I almost always have a book with. I've even started listening to audio books in my car.
Comment #37: Saturday, September, 10, 2011 at 19:20:53 Michelle
Thanks for stopping by In Libris Veritas. I didn't think about the library! I have a decent sized personal collection but I've read most of them already.
Comment #38: Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 17:20:32
I wish I could say the same about my own collection. I am making an effort but the library is so tempting.
Comment #39: Saturday, September, 10, 2011 at 20:08:48 Amy
Thanks for stopping by my blog! I have been trying to make better use of my local library, I'm finding it hard to keep up money wise with my book addiction so using the library is super handy!! But I agree, I would still have plenty to read if my favourite genre no longer was published!
Comment #40: Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 17:22:00
The library is a great way to save money while getting access to great books.
Comment #41: Saturday, September, 10, 2011 at 20:34:26 mel u of The Reading Life
Thanks for hopping by-I am getting more and more into reading from online sources
Comment #42: Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 17:30:03
Most of my online reading is academic: journal articles and the like. The egalleys from NetGalley are nice too in that they don't clutter up my house. But other than that, I'm reading paper bound books or listening to audio books in my car.
Comment #43: Saturday, September, 10, 2011 at 20:50:02 Yvonne
Excellent answer! I didn't even think about the lack of new books giving me a chance to catch up on my TBR pile, but you're absolutely right. I seriously doubt I'll ever be in need of books. I always have stuff to read :)
Comment #44: Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 17:34:05
I would eventually run out of books but that would actually be a good thing.
Comment #45: Saturday, September, 10, 2011 at 21:43:26 Christy @TheReaderBee
It wouldn't affect me at first either if people stopped writing YA... There are still SO many books to go through! :)
Thanks for hopping by!
Comment #46: Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 17:35:14
I know. I look at the roomful of already published YA at my library and I think about all the new ones coming out. I'll never keep up.
Comment #47: Saturday, September, 10, 2011 at 22:24:09 Space Station Mir
I like what you said about genre focused reading being opposite to how you think about reading. I understand having a primary interest or blog focused on one genre, but actually limiting yourself that much takes something away from the advantages and pleasure of reading as a whole.
Comment #48: Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 17:37:22
I see my blog as a subset of my total reading. It's a place to share the highlights, not a one-to-one representation of everything I'm reading.
Comment #49: Saturday, September, 10, 2011 at 22:24:22 Peggy
Haha, I didn't think of my TBR pile. I just thought about starting to read/buy new books in a genre I don't read a lot of. Good thinking!
Thanks for stopping by Pawing Through Books!
Comment #50: Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 17:38:22
You're welcome. Happy reading.
Comment #51: Sunday, September, 11, 2011 at 06:21:32 Juli @ Universe in Words www.universeinwords.blogspot.com
Comment #52: Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 17:39:02
Project Gutenberg is a wonderful resource. So is Google Books.
Comment #53: Monday, September, 12, 2011 at 10:18:10
Thanks for stopping by! I love your answer. I too have so many books in my own collection that it would take forever for me to really feel impacted
Comment #54: Friday, September 16, 2011 at 22:14:01
I'm right there with you. I'm staring at my TBR shelves now and realizing I need to slow down on the library checkouts if I'm ever to make a dent in my books.