Top Ten Tuesday was originally started by The Broke And The Bookish, where a topic is given every Tuesday and the blogger then produces a top ten list of books to fit the weekly subject. The hosts are currently on a break from TTT, so I’ve decided to go back through the topic archives to find things to write about until we begin again for real. The topic this week is Top Ten Reasons I Love Book Blogging. I’ve been book blogging for almost 2 and a half years, and while I’m not the most amazing book blogger known to man, I like to think I have contributed a small amount to the book community! I wanted to talk about what I have learnt and loved over the last two and half years and how it has improved my reading experiences for the better.
Connect with other book lovers
This is possibly my favourite thing about being a book blogger. I get to read and comment on other people’s posts, and people comment and have discussions with me about the stuff I post, and it’s so amazing to be able to talk to other people who love books just as much as I do.
Talking openly and honestly about books
While book reviews are not necessarily my most popular posts, and they can sometimes be extremely difficult to write, it is the main reason I started blogging. I love being able to share my opinion about the book’s I’ve read, whether it’s through a review, on a Top Ten list, or commenting on other blogger’s posts. I also think it’s so important to be honest about your opinion of that book, because that way you are being honest to your readers. Book bloggers and some of the most honest people I’ve spoken to!
Talking about books with people who listen
A lot of people in my life are not as passionate about books as I am, so it’s great to be a part of a community who understands what it’s like to be a hardcore book nerd! The worst thing is trying to talk about a book you’ve enjoyed to someone who doesn’t read, and feel like you are forcing books and reading down their throat. Like with my first point, the book blogging community is such a great place to discuss books and know that people are actually listening and enjoying what you’re saying.
Expanding my TBR
This can also be a great problem, because I cannot read fast enough to keep up with all the books I add to my TBR! I love receiving book recommendations, or reading about a new book that I can add to my to read list. I would say 90% of my TBR has been books I have discovered since being part of the book blogging community!
Broadening genre horizons and discovering new authors
Since I have started book blogging, I have read so many different genres that I never would have even considered before. I have explored fantasy to a much fuller extent, and even dipped my toes into the classics as well. I have definitely found my ability to read further has developed immensely, and I can’t wait to see what else I discover! Sci-Fi is next on my list!
Encourage me to read more
Raise your hand if you’ve ever been in a reading slump… most of you? I thought so! I usually go through one at least once a year, and it’s typically during the summer months when I have the most time to actually sit and read! Reading blog posts about what people have been reading and how much they have been reading is so encouraging for me to sit and read as much as possible. It may be my slightly competitive nature, but I like to be able to read a decent amount each month, and being encouraged by other book bloggers, and writing about books myself, is a great help!
Practice writing skills
I like to think that my writing skills are good enough, but most people, myself included, find that the more they write, the better they get. Just like with anything, practice makes perfect. Writing is quite a big part of my life, and while I don’t write novels (maybe in my dreams!) I do have to write essays for my uni degree, and of course I write on my blog, and the more I do it, the easier it gets. The more I read, the more I pick up new words and language devices I can apply to my own writing, and I can certainly see a development from my first blog posts to now!
Being creative in different ways
Blogging has really pushed me to expand my creativity! I believe I am creative person; I’m studying a creative degree at a specialist creative university, and yet sometimes I do struggle to think of post topics that will be interesting to read and that I have plenty to write about. It’s important for me to be flexible in my creativity and apply it to all forms of artistry, including writing and design, and blogging has definitely pushed me to exercise my creative muscles!
Recommending books to other readers
I love being able to use my status as ‘book blogger’ to recommend books to other people, whether they are fellow bloggers, or friends and family. I have come to find that if you say you blog about books, people tend to trust your opinion more. Again, going back to an earlier point, I don’t want to seem like I am forcing my recommendations onto people, but it is a great feeling to recommend a book to someone and then have them come back saying they absolutely loved it!
Share books that may help others
This final reason kind of ties in with the one above: I like to share books that I feel will have some impact on another person’s life for the better. We all know books are one of the greatest forms of escapism and learning, and reading certain books in the past has really helped me get through some of the tougher times in my life. If anyone is struggling with anything, or wants to find a way out of their mind for a while, I am happy to recommend books that have helped me, or books I have heard help others. There are plenty of books I turn to if I need to find comfort or escape, and if I need to learn about a new something in my life, and I believe that everyone can find books that do just that for them.
What’s your favourite part of book blogging? Are there any on this list that you can relate to? Let me know in the comments!
Until next time…