Top Ten Tuesday: Why I Love Being a Book Blogger

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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.”

{ 22 comments… add one }
  • Lisa June 21, 2011, 5:09 am

    LOL I love this post. It's exactly what we all are. wish I have had done this post myself hahah

    Extra love!!

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  • gabrielreads June 21, 2011, 5:30 am

    That video is amazing. I may have found my new theme song. πŸ™‚

    New follower!

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  • 1girl2manybooks June 21, 2011, 6:17 am

    Awesome post… I especially love your 8th point. That's definitely an amazing thing, the way everyone can come together and rally against something like that.

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  • Kayleigh June 21, 2011, 6:52 am

    OMGWTFBBQ THAT IS THE SOUNDTRACK TO MY LIFE!

    πŸ™‚

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  • Sidne,the BCR June 21, 2011, 6:56 am

    stopping by to read YOUR top 10. love #10

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  • Linds June 21, 2011, 8:17 am

    #3!!!! I had authors talk back to me on twitter and I literally was speechless it was the coolest thing that has ever happened to me!

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  • Celesta June 21, 2011, 8:49 am

    …well, that was put most eleqently! Seriously, this has become a favorited page of mine now. You really put it all so concisely. I basically said some of the same things, but yours says it so much better! Thank you for sharing! (LOVE those quotes!)

    Here’s my Top Ten!

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  • Phantom Paragrapher June 21, 2011, 11:29 am

    http://thephantomparagrapher.blogspot.com/2011/06/top-ten-tuesday-reasons-i-love-book.html
    Im a new follower , I have that song on my IPOD LOL πŸ™‚

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  • Nomes June 21, 2011, 11:51 am

    oh i so love this list (!)

    and ANNE SHIRLEY !!!
    and i am big on becoming a book pusher, haha. and promoting those hidden gem kinda books …

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  • Anne June 21, 2011, 11:59 am

    Love the quote from Anne of Green Gables- I love that book!

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  • Em @ Sash & Em June 21, 2011, 1:14 pm

    Great post! I love the quotes! πŸ˜€ You promote those books, girl!!

    New Follower!
    Check out my list: http://bit.ly/mhLOgW

    -Em @ Sash & Em

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  • Deb Nance at Readerbuzz June 21, 2011, 2:24 pm

    Love your Anne of Green Gables quote. Adding it to my list of favorite quotes. Thank you. And thank you for a lovely post.

    Here's my list of Ten Reasons I Love Being a Book Blogger.

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  • April (BooksandWine) June 21, 2011, 2:56 pm

    ANNE OF GREEN GABLES, YOU PUSHED THAT ON ME!

    AND AND THE NEVERENDING STORY!

    Ah, I LOVE those books.

    Also, I remember those awesome goodreads days and being too intimidated to ask you to be my goodreads friend cuz I remember you and Fiona were so cool and I was like, well I'm not that cool but omg they are talking about all of these awesome books and I want to be their friend SO SO bad. AND THEN YOU BOTH ACCEPTED.

    And I LOVE the book perks too! πŸ˜›

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  • Chrisbookarama June 21, 2011, 4:32 pm

    I love this list! And agree! I loved that video when I first saw it and like you could totally relate. (Yay for Anne!)

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  • kaye June 21, 2011, 4:51 pm

    great topic today–it's nice to think about why we like to do this. I like associating with people who like books as much as I do. have a nice day. kaye-the road goes ever ever on

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  • Amy @ Turn the Page June 21, 2011, 4:53 pm

    Lol! Love your list – particularly number 5! So true! πŸ˜€

    It makes me sound busy and important when I say, oh a publisher sent me a book for review… plus, I can ah.. pretend I didn't spend money to my parents when another package comes through the door!

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  • Amy @ Turn the Page June 21, 2011, 4:55 pm

    Also – you quotes Anne!!!

    We are Kindred forever lol!

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  • Melissa (i swim for oceans) June 22, 2011, 1:39 am

    heck yes to goodreads! it's an essential part of my daily life…I'd be lost without it πŸ™‚

    great list this week!

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  • Jayme @ Horribly Bookish June 22, 2011, 2:31 am

    I love that video! Makes me laugh every time πŸ™‚ Love the book blogging community.

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  • Peppermint Ph.D. June 22, 2011, 12:34 pm

    I saw #6 for the first time on Facebook just a couple of weeks ago…one of my students had posted it. I LOVE IT! πŸ™‚

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  • Ashley June 23, 2011, 6:01 am

    I SO agree!! GRs was the best discovery ever!!

    My younger brother really likes the videos uploaded by the guy who sings that song & he showed it to me just after he'd posted it and told me that it WAS me. πŸ˜› LOVE that there are so many people in the blogging community that don't need any explanation. They just GET it!!

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  • gautami tripathy June 24, 2011, 4:07 am

    I love blogging. PERIOD!!!

    Here is my Top Ten post!

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