Things I Like About Book Blogging:
- Expressing thoughts about books – I, unfortunately, don’t have a lot of friends in real life who are into the same genres as I am, if they even read at all (gasp!). Thankfully, having a book blog means that I have somewhere I can turn to fangirl over a particularly great book or even vent about an awful one with reckless abandon. I don’t have to be a social pariah after talking about the stupid choices Eadlyn made in The Heir among people who just raved about the new Janet Evanovich novel — not to knock people who read her works, it’s just not my cup of tea.
- Building a community – Stemming off of the previous bullet, having this blog means that I can pick and choose exactly which blogs I want to follow and discuss our joint love of books! No one’s feeling left out or alienated because we’re all writing about the same genre, same authors, same gripes, same praises. There’s no shame about being an adult who still likes Meg Cabot’s works or still proudly heavily identifies with Slytherin house here and it’s absolutely amazing. Furthermore, I get to meet people of all ages and walks of life across the globe over a common interest, which is incredible.
- Finding new books – I guarantee you that all of the books that I currently have checked out from the library are books I have never heard of before joining the book blogging community. Without seeing all of these people writing about these books, I probably never would have looked at the cover for Throne of Glass and said, “Yeah, that’s a book I want to read. I definitely need to read more books about beautiful white blonde girls.” But I’ve heard nothing but incredible things about the series from fellow readers whom I’ve grown to trust, so I’m going to be giving the series a try in the near future (and maybe doing a buddy read)!
- Receiving ARCs – Okay, I would be lying if I didn’t say that this is a small part of the motivation behind starting this blog. I’m broke as hell, since a lot of my paycheck goes toward rent, car payment, student loans, feeding myself, health/car insurance; feeding my reading addiction can be expensive and sometimes I have to wait over two months for a book at the library if it’s on hold forever. Getting ARCs for free in exchange for reviews is definitely a nice perk, but, really, it does allow me to not only discover newer authors who are just getting started, but also rave about these hidden gems so that their books can get the publicity and spotlight they deserve!
- Writing practice – As expressed time and time again, my job does not allow for any creativity — at all. Coming home after a long day at work to write up a review, or even just crank out a short, fun little post like this is so relaxing to me, because I’m finally back in my element of writing. If I’m going to make it as a future editor or librarian, I need to stay on my toes and keep my writing muscles limber. Resigning to not writing just because it’s not a part of my job description is self-defeating and only makes me feel worse about myself; this way, I’m gradually working myself back into the groove of writing longer-form pieces, and maybe one day, I’ll get to editing my two short story manuscripts and submit them for publication. And then write more short stories.