I’ve discovered something recently that leaves me a little sad: I can no longer browse through bookstores.
I scour the shelves for authors I love, or for titles that have already been added to my TBR list.
But I don’t even know when the last time was when I searched for something new that I had never heard of before.
Before I started my book blog, before I started reading other book blogs, I got my book recommendations from a few friends or family members IRL who were readers. So I had to delve through the stacks to find something I had never heard of before that might strike my fancy. I would spend hours in bookstores or the library. Now I’m lucky if I have enough patience to spend more than a half hour looking for books that I’ve read about over and over on blogs or twitter.
This is one of the biggest downfalls that I’ve found has been a side effect of the book blogosphere: there is so much good stuff that I’ve heard about that I don’t feel the need or desire to really hunt for the unknown. And sometimes the unknown is the book or author that’s going to become a favourite…
It’s actually a little depressing to think about all the awesome unknowns I am missing out on, haha.
Do you find that you still have a desire to browse through bookstores to find that one little treasure that you’d never heard of? Or are you like me now, and only grab what you know you’ve heard about?