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1. Goodreads. This one actually predates blogging, so it falls more under the category of being an overall book nerd. You can swap books, win books, read book reviews…and most importantly (to me): talk books. I met a lot of my good blogging friends way before it occurred to me to start one. I was basically addicted to the site – constantly talking about all different kinds of books with people from all over the world.
2. The Awesome People. Whether it is via blog comments, twitter or gchat, there are always people around to either obsess over awesome books with or to get blog advice from. I don’t have a lot of IRL friends that read, so having book friends online is pretty freakin’ awesome…especially when they’re willing to have virtual Harry Potter duels.
3. Authors. Y’all, authors are my rock stars. I would rather meet them than just about any other type of celebrity. Being able to talk to them daily on twitter, or have them do guest posts and interviews on the blog…priceless.
4. Book Perks. Now, while I 100% view getting ARCs as a privilege and not a blogger’s God-given-right, it is nice to work hard and be proud of your blog and be able to open up relationships with publishers and have an early look at titles. Especially if there is a certain book you’re dying to get and you have the ability to email the publisher and desperately beg for it.
5. Reading. So, basically having a blog means you have a legit excuse to give people when they notice that you constantly have your nose plastered to a book (or your ereading device of choice). “Yeah, I do read a lot. I actually review books online for a website.” < —- sounds super professional…and isn’t even a lie, just a conveniently phrased sentence.
6. Understanding. I can show you the following video, and instead of calling me an ubernerd or telling me how stupid I am, you’ll say “OMGWTFBBQ THAT IS THE SOUNDTRACK TO MY LIFE!”
7. Book Pushing. I’m a huge book bully y’all, and having a blog gives me a platform to share my thoughts about books I loved and ones I didn’t like so much. I write what I think, and sometimes people actually listen to me and read a book because I told them to! Same goes with the blogs I read: sometimes I get a chance to pick up books I never would have otherwise on someone else’s recommendation.
8. Defending Our Own. Whether we’re celebrating banned book week or in an outrage over a specific instance of censorship, the blogging community is pretty spectacular at coming together and giving people hell when they try to refute the basic right everyone has to read whatever they please.
(and FYI, these next two are quotes half to fill the last two spots and half because they are my favorite bookish quotes that explain so well why I love to read!)
9. Quote from Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery:
“Isn’t it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about? It just makes me feel glad to be alive–it’s such an interesting world. It wouldn’t be half so interesting if we know all about everything, would it? There’d be no scope for imagination then, would there?But am I talking too much? People are always telling me I do. Would you rather I didn’t talk? If you say so I’ll stop. I can STOP when I make up my mind to it, although it’s difficult.”
10. Quote from The Neverending Story by Michael Ende:
“If you have never spent whole afternoons with burning ears and rumpled hair, forgetting the world around you over a book, forgetting cold and hunger…
If you have never read secretly under the bedclothes with a flashlight, because your father or mother or some other well-meaning person has switched off the lamp on the plausible ground that it was time to sleep because you had to get up so early…
If you have never wept bitter tears because a wonderful story has come to an end and you must take your leave of the characters with whom you have shared so many adventures, whom you have loved and admired, for whom you have hoped and feared, and without whose company life seems empty and meaningless…
If such things have not been part of your own experience, you probably won’t understand what Bastian did next.”