Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday - Reasons I love being a book blogger

This week is The Broke and the Bookish's 1 year blogoversary.  Congrats guys!  Each week, they post a topic and you give your top ten.  Fun right?  It's a great way to meet new bloggers and discover some new books to add to your TBR list.  Be sure to drop by their site to check it out!

This week, to celebrate their blogoversary, TB&TB want to celebrate the reasons why we, as book bloggers, love to do what we do.  I'm still fairly new to the book blogging world myself, but I love it, so this was surprisingly easy! 

Top Ten Reasons I Love Being A Book Blogger/A Bookish Person
***My first 7 reasons are reasons that I love being a book blogger, and my last 3 are reasons I love being a bookish person***
Why I love being a book blogger:
1.  Getting to talk books with other people who love to read as much as I do.  I don't have many friends who like to read, so it's exciting for me to talk books with other people and share the love!
2.  Discovering new books and authors.  I'm constantly writing down authors' names and titles of books to look up after reading book reviews, seeing giveaways, author interviews, etc.  It's an awesome way to discover new books.
3.  Giveaways!  I just won my first blog giveaway - I'm not 100% sure which book I'm getting yet because there were 4 winners and 4 books to choose from, but I'll post more about that when I know!  I hardly ever win anything, so I was super excited!  I just hope the mail strike's over soon...
4.  The possibility - however remote it might be - that an author might read your book review and see first-hand how much you (hopefully) loved their book, what you thought, what parts you loved, what characters you loved, etc.  I know that as a writer, I dream of that someday - having my books published and then reading the reviews of people who enjoyed it.  I hope the novelty of that never wears off for other authors, because it's the book bloggers who do reviews that help them sell books, and who also, I would imagine, help them write future books because they can have a better idea of what works and what doesn't.
5.  Networking.  As a writer, it's exciting for me to see that there are literally hundreds of book bloggers out there.  I know that when I finally publish my book, there will be people willing to read it, review it, help me out with blog tours, do interviews, etc.
6.  Research.  By browsing other people's book blogs, I can see what's popular, what people like and don't like, and that, again, helps me as a writer.  As a book blogger, it helps me because I'm still fairly new, and I get ideas on review styles from other people.
7.  Knowing that I'll be writing reviews makes me think about books on a different level.  Before, I read books solely for pleasure and didn't really analyze them too much or delve too deep into things like themes, character's motivations, hidden meanings, etc.  Now though, I really take time to process things, notice things I might have overlooked before, etc, and I find that's also helped in my own writing because I'm more aware.
Why I love being a bookish person:
8.  I'm never bored.  I have absolutely no tolerance for boredom.  Whenever I see or hear people saying they're bored, I want to clobber them over the head.  And 99% of the people who say that are people who don't read, which explains a lot.  I'm never bored because I can pick up a book and get lost in another world.  Which brings me to my next reason...
9.  Getting lost in another world.  Immersing myself in a fantasy world, or someone else's life, living vicariously through people's romances and adventures.  What could be better?
10.  I can go anywhere I want, at any time, from the comfort of my favorite chair.  I can't afford to do the traveling I want right now, but I can travel on any given day with a book - Ireland, Paris, the States, England, you name it.
Why do you love  being a book blogger?  If you're not a book blogger, have you ever considered it?  Thanks for stopping by - leave me a comment and I'll be sure to visit you in return!


  1. Great list!! Thanks for sharing your post!! :)

    "getting lost in another world" -- AGREED!

    New follower on GFC and Networked Blogs!

    Check out my top 10!
    Sash & Em

  2. Wonderful list.
    I agree with every point.

  3. I love your reasons for being a bookish person! You captured the essence of bookishness perfectly! And I've seen a lot of variations on your first point popping up today - I find it so fun that many of us book bloggers sought out online community because we're surrounded by non-readers!

  4. A big yes to #7. I love that knowing that I'm going to be writing a review makes me think more deeply about a book. I find myself unconsciously picking out themes that I might not have noticed or pondering what the writing style in and of itself is trying to convey. I think I get more out of books now than I ever did!


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