It’s been a while since I last did a Top 10 Tuesday, but given my state of mind lately about both the blogging world and my own blogging in general, I thought this would be an appropriate week to find some time and reflect upon what I do enjoy about it all.
Top Ten Reasons I Love Being A Blogger/Reader
- Discovering so many new books. Both as a reviewer and from other bloggers – I have so often found some of my favourite books this way. A few that come to mind include The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan, and Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (which even introduced me to the world of YA)
- Meeting so many like-minded people. From blogging, I have met so many great people from all over the world and some that I consider to be a few of my closest pals. Everyone says it but it’s truly such a tight-knit community.
- Having too many books on my TBR pile. This is both a love/hate thing but, really, it’s a great problem to have if I have TOO MANY books I want to get to.
- Attending bookish events. Whether there wasn’t as many before, or I’ve only noticed it more in the last few years since I’ve been blogging, there have been so many fabulous author events that I have had the chance to attend – whether in store or at the publisher offices. What an amazing opportunity.
- Sneak peeks. While I certainly don’t read fast enough to keep up with all the upcoming books I want to check out, I still love finding out about them before they hit the shelves.
- Sharing the love. Whether it’s via my blog or talking to people, whether they know I’m a blogger or not, I love sharing the love of reading with others. I love finishing some great books and recommending it to my friends who would also enjoy it. Then, if/when they enjoy it too we all share in the love of raving about it.
- Staying in the loop. Blogging helps me stay in touch with others and stay in the loop of things going on. During the last little while where there’s been a lull, I’ve definitely felt the absence of interacting with fellow book lovers.
- Sharing my opinion. Everyone’s got an opinion, and not everyone will agree on everything. I enjoy having a blog to let me voice my thoughts on books that I read, or anything else that I might feel like chatting about. It’s a nice lil’ outlet for me.
- Chatting with authors. This could sort of be tied to my #4, but more specifically the chance to actually interact and chat with our favourite books’ authors – especially via social media – is such a fantastic development. Never in my youth did I think I’d ever meet R.L. Stine, for example, let alone have a conversation with him as I did at B.E.A. last year. Twitter is great for that kind of chatter and I’d hate for that to be taken for granted in the long run. Meeting one of my fave childhood authors blew my mind.
- Galley books. I’d be lying if this wasn’t on there. I definitely was more ambitious with the advanced copies when I first started out blogging, but in the last while I’ve been managing the books I review a lot more realistically. It’s a great perk, but certainly not something that I feel entitled to or expect. So yes, I love that about being a blogger, but I definitely hesitated on including this on the list…
And of course, what made your Top 10 list this week?
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