It’s Tuesday again and over at The Broke and the Bookish that means it’s time for another Tuesday Top Ten! This week’s topic is the Top Ten Reasons I Love Being A Book Blogger/A Bookish Person. These are those real or imagined locations/worlds you loved reading about OR settings you think would be perfect in a book. Here we go:
1. Books allow me to escape from my world, my stress and my head. They allow me to spend a few precious hours in a world solely of the author’s creation which in turn gives me an escape from reality. It’s a beautiful thing and nothing else really captures that feeling.
2. Being a book blogger (although relatively new) allows me a chance to babble on and on about the books I’ve read (whether I enjoyed them or not) to people who are genuinely interested to hear about it.
3. By following bloggers on twitter and reading the RSS feeds of all the book blogs I enjoy I get the news on all the latest releases and what’s coming up next. It’s a preview show to the best books of the year!
4. Blogging about the books that I’m reading has given me a chance to really stop and reflect on what I read. Rather than simply setting the book down and immediately reaching for the next one in the stack it allows me to take some time and think about why I enjoyed the book, what made it great or even what I didn’t like about it.
5. Blogging about the books I’m reading or the “bookish” events I’ve attended has really helped me to develop a network of like-minded people that will share in my joy over a book signing or an author talk. That’s an awesome feeling.
6. Reading other’s blogs and reviews is helping me develop a virtual treasure chest of ideas for when I become a Media Specialist. I can justify it by saying it’s career research!
7. It gives me hope that there are still people out there who enjoy reading and actively seek it out. It’s heartening to know that there are librarians, authors, reviewers and bloggers that are talking about the joy of reading and are encouraging kids and teens to go out and read what they can. That’s exactly what our society needs.
8. Participating in contests motivates me to read more and to occasionally read books that I wouldn’t have looked at twice otherwise.
9. By blogging I’ve learned more about the new releases and book trends. It’s also given me insight into the publishing community and how marketing and delivering a book works. This is incredibly valuable to me as I move into my future career and I’m glad I’m getting to see it now.
10. And (as Jamie said on her list) it’s allowed me to take a solitary activity that I’ve enjoyed since I was small and turn it into a social activity and a way to meet new people! It’s so awesome getting to meet and to talk to other bloggers who share the same passion for reading that I do.