Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Reasons Why I Love Book Blogging

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Hello!  Happy Top Ten Tuesday!  What is TTT? TTT is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.  Check out their blog for more info and to see upcoming themes.

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This week’s theme was ten reasons why I love ________.

This week we were given free rein over what we wanted to gush about.  I decided that I wanted to gush about why I love book blogging… Book blogging has seriously changed my life.  In the short 3 months since I started my blog, I have learned so much.  My only regret is that I did not start one sooner!

What do I love about book blogging?  Read more to find out 🙂

» Feeling a sense of accomplishment

I love that feeling of accomplishment every time I upload a post.  Being a stay-at-home mother, I often struggle to find things that make me feel productive.  Maintaining my own blog has been a wonderful way to feel like I have achieved something.

» Motivation/Inspiration from fellow book bloggers

I am still very much a rookie on the book blog scene.  I love exploring fellow book blogs to find the motivation and inspiration to keep improving my own blog.   I especially like to visit the sites of the veteran book bloggers to gain the motivation to someday be where they are now.  500 WP followers?!  3,000 overall followers?!? Will I ever get to that point?  I hope so, but if not I am still going to keep on doing what I’m doing.  Sometimes it can intimidating being the small fish in a big pond, but I am going to keep working hard to evolve.  Who knows?  Maybe someday I’ll be a big fish too 🙂

» Receiving free books

NetGalley, Blogging for Books, and The Reading Room have now become an unhealthy obsession for me.  Thankfully Blogging for Books only sends out one book at a time, or I would be in over my head like I am with NetGalley… By a show of hands, who else went way overboard and requested a ridiculous amount of books (like 100ish) and was granted over 60… Anyone?  My dreams of reaching a 80% feedback ratio will never be realized… Don’t get sucked in like I did.  Only request a few books at a time, and only the ones you will read.  In the mean time, anyone have a shovel I could borrow to dig myself out of this hole?

» Connecting with authors

I totally geek out every time an author connects with me in any capacity.  I literally act like an idiot teenager when I get a notification that an author posted my review of their book on their social media.  I feel no shame.

» Creative outlet

Aside from reading, I didn’t really have any other hobbies before I started blogging.  I needed something to help occupy my free time, something that could give me a creative outlet.  Now that I have been blogging for a little over 3 months, I am currently working on creating more original posts that are not the same book reviews, weekly memes, book hauls, and wrap ups.  These posts have taken much longer to complete than I anticipated… coming up with new ideas for posts isn’t the issue, but rather perfecting the posts seems to be holding me back.  I seem to be more critical of these types of posts.  Hopefully I can muster up the courage to post one soon.  I’ve also started trying to dive into the world of bookish photography to not only spice up my blog posts, but also to be more active on my bookstagram.

Obviously I am still an amateur, but I will keep working on it.  Do you have a bookstagram?  Feel free to link in the comments so I can follow you!

» Writing book reviews

I had NEVER written a book review prior to starting my blog.  EVER.  It has been a real learning curve, but I think I am starting to find my book reviewing groove.  When I first started writing book reviews, I felt like I had to write these long and profound reviews, but over the course of my short blogging life, I have realized that every book is different, therefore every review is different.  Some reviews will be long and profound, and others will be short and direct.  I have learned that this is okay.  That is the beauty of writing a book review, it is whatever YOU want to write.

Want to read my first book review?  Feel free to laugh at my expense → Book Review: The Girl Who Wrote in Silk by Kelli Estes

» Discovering new books

Since starting this blog, I cannot even tell you the number of books that I would have NEVER picked up if I hadn’t been recommended them by a fellow book blogger, read a great review, or been awarded the book by the publisher… One of my goals for 2016 was to expand my literary horizons.  Before, I mainly read historical fiction, but now I have branched out and give all genres a chance!  I feel like I have really grown this year as a reader.

»  Gushing about my favorite books

I love to subtly shove my favorite books in your face.  Sorry, not sorry.  At least you can take comfort in the fact that I will read your favorite book gushing posts too.

» Being apart of the bookish community

This!  I have connected with so many new and interesting people by being a part of the bookish community.  Before March 2016, I had never heard of book blogging, booktube, bookstagram, etc etc.  My mind was blown.  I don’t have many people in real life to talk books to, so this community fills that need to interact with other bookish people.


What do you love the most about book blogging?

Feel free to link up to your own TTT post!  I love to read them 🙂

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38 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Reasons Why I Love Book Blogging”

  1. These are all great reasons to love blogging! I agree on every count. Especially gushing about my favorite books to the community. It’s great because most of my IRL friends don’t read the same things I do. It helps to have an outlet to share.

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    1. Thank you! I feel like most book bloggers can probably relate this this post. I don’t have many IRL friends that read either. I did recently join my sister-in-law’s book club though, so hopefully I will soon change that 😊

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  2. I loved your post! And I’m also way over my head with NetGalley books thanks to those “read now” books on NetGalley… I GOT TOO MANY! I never will have a clean feed again too, haha! Especially with comics and all… Ugh! But we can do this, Amanda. We have to believe that, haha!

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  3. Ah, I love this post so much! You’ve listed pretty much every reason EVER that I love book blogging. You’re totally on point about the motivation/inspiration from other bloggers, and I’m pretty sure you’ll be a big fish in the pond one day! 🙂

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      1. Ahhh that’s such a nice thing to say, thank you so much! ❤ I feel like my blogging has fallen by the wayside the last couple of weeks and I have a gazillion reviews to try and write, so that's given me some inspo. 🙂 x

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  4. Yes, yes and yes! I agree with all the reasons you’ve listed. 🙂 being a part of the bookish community is honestly so amazing. I don’t have many friends who enjoy reading the same books I do, and blogging really changed that. I don’t know why I didn’t start sooner.

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  5. I love it all!! You’ve covered it so thoroughly, I agree on all counts! If I had to pick my top 2 I would say the community and also discovering new books. I’ve been through phases where all I read for YEARS were just detective serials, and ever since becoming more active on GR and now, in the blogosphere, I am reading SO MUCH more widely, it’s crazy. I love it so much ❤

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      1. I’ve read like all of Agatha Christie (3 times all the way through at least), so she’s definitely a favorite; more recently, I also love Lyndsay Faye’s (of Jane Steele fame) historical mystery series set in 19th century NYC (The Gods of Gotham).

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      2. Not yet, but I did buy Jane Steele, so I do plan on reading it… (soon? it’s hard to say at this point, I used to have my ‘tbr’ on my nightstand but now it’s like 2 shelves of a bookcase ;))
        If you at any point are feeling in the mood for Christie, a classic one that is considered one of her ‘best’ is “And Then There Were None” (and it’s not part of a series, like Poirot or Miss Marple). But most others are also fabulous 🙂

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  6. I find that writing review is my least favorite part of blogging, despite the fact that I started the blog to have a place to post them. The problem is that I never feel like I am doing the book justice

    MY TTT LIST

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    1. Ah good point. When I read a book that knocks my socks off or is just really beautiful I have those feelings too. I try not to put a lot of pressure on myself when writing reviews. I try to just write how I feel.

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    2. I loved your list, but couldn’t figure out how to comment as a guest 😞

      Audiobooks are my jam too. I never thought about listening to an audiobook to help fal asleep!! Why did it never occur to me to listen to a book I’ve already read before?!? You are also spot on with a good narrator making a book better! I have found that Will Patton is one of my favorite narrators!

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      1. I’m sorry you had problems, thank you for answering anyway. I opened a browser I wasn’t logged into to give it a try (and transferred your comment as a test). If you want to comment in the future, you go just below the green “Sign Up” button and fill in the Nickname & captcha (sorry it’s math, Booklikes controls that), then you press comment and a comment box opens up.

        In the comments of this post, we discuss great options for listening in bed (with and with out a partner) .

        Thanks again for stopping by.

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  7. Wow, you have 60 books from Netgalley to read?! :O That’s impressive! I only just started requesting books, and I think I’m going to try and do one a month, or just when I feel like it, because I think the pressure would get to me haha! Love the bookstagram pictures – I really want to start an account, but the lighting is really bad in my house (I blame gloomy English weather haha), but I hope to give it a go someday soon 🙂

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    1. Don’t be jealous. I’ve dug my own grave with NetGalley lol You are supposed to maintain an 80% feedback ratio, but I’m at like 3%? It will take me a year to get myself out of this mess lol Keep Doug what you are doing because you are doing it the RIGHT way lol

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