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Top 10 Reasons I Love Book Blogging

With all of the controversy in the book blogging/publishing world lately (learn more herehere and here), I wanted to take a break from all of the negativity and remember why I joined this fabulous community in the first place. So without further ado, I present to you the top 10 reasons I love book blogging.

1. Learning about new books that I otherwise might not have ever heard about. Simple as that. Before book blogging, I was limited to the books I saw on display at Barnes and Noble and the books in the YA section of my library. I didn’t know when new books were coming out; I didn’t know about the many different genres of books. Book blogging has opened my eyes to an entire world of books I never even knew about. My mind is more open than ever as I try different kinds of books, and enjoy them!  In My Mailbox, hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren and Waiting On Wednesday, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine are two of my favorite features to learn about new books; I always have to have my Goodreads account open as I browse knowing I’ll find new titles to add to my to be read list.

2. Spreading the word about books I love. As book bloggers, this is what we do. We read a book and we share our thoughts with our readers. We post our reviews to other sites like Goodreads and Amazon. We tell our friends and family. It makes me SO happy when my friends (and even my Twitter followers!) ask me for book recommendations because they know I’ll be able to recommend something they’ll enjoy.

3. Chatting about books with all of my fellow book lovers. Not many of my “real life” friends are as avid readers as I am. Or they don’t read the same types of books I enjoy. Through this incredible community, I’ve found amazing friends that I know I can squeal over our favorite books with or have a detailed discussion about what we thought worked and what didn’t work in a book. When I review a book, I look forward to the comments my readers leave me, because I like hearing what they thought about a book. And of course, it makes my day when my book review convinces someone to give that specific book a try.

4. Turning online friendships into real life friendships. I started book blogging after finding and being inspired by Meg’s blog Write Meg! We began emailing back and forth and before I knew it, we knew all about each other’s personal lives, and we continued to share our thoughts on books and writing. When we met for the first time last November, we hit it off right away, and our friendship has continued from there. And with plans to soon meet up with Jamie, Steph, Melissa and other local Philly area book bloggers (let me know if you are one! Jamie and I are putting together a meet up) I know I’ll only strengthen these friendships.

5. Inspiration. Quite simply, book blogging inspires me. This community inspires and encouraged me to read more and write more to fulfill my dream of becoming an author.

6. Reviewing makes me a better writer. I know there’s been a lot of talk about how aspiring authors shouldn’t review books, but in my personal experience, writing reviews has made me a better writer. When I look at a book critically, I’m able to break it down by different elements of writing (plot, pacing, characterization, setting, dialogue, etc.) and think about what worked really well and what maybe could have been done better. I’m able to look at a piece of dialogue or a description and think, “Wow! That technique really worked” and take a mental note to remember to use that technique in my own writing.

7. The opportunity to interview and chat with authors. Prior to book blogging, authors were like celebrities to me. They wrote a book, I read it, loved it, and that was that. But now, through my blog, I have the ability to interview authors and learn more about them as a person and a writer. So much fun! And through Twitter and Facebook, we all have the opportunity to share our thoughts with an author directly.

8. Attending book signings and bookish events. After beginning to book blog, I naturally began to research book signings and different events that I’d want to attend. I’ve still only been to a few (one being  a Jennifer Weiner book signing, sigh, so fabulous!) but I plan on attending many more this spring, including the ultimate bookish events BEA and Book Blogger Con. Attending events like these gives me the opportunity to meet some of my favorite book bloggers in person and network with others in the industry.

9. Discovering amazing bookish resources. Through the book blogging community, I learned about websites like Goodreads, NetGalley and a host of other book review, agent, writing and publishing blogs that have taught me so much about this complex and ever-changing  industry. I’ve had the opportunity to participate in amazing online events like WriteOnCon and Twitter chats like #yalitchat and #kidlitchat. My Google Reader is always filled with gems that I know make me a stronger reader and writer.

10. It’s fun. It really is. Believe me, I wouldn’t put as much energy into my blog as I do if it didn’t bring me joy and make me happy. Sincerely, book blogging makes me a better person. You all make me a better person. And books most definitely make me a better person.

Let’s get rid of all of the negativity! Why do you love book blogging? Share your reasons below or feel free to write your own post and leave a link. I’ll be sure to collect them all here and add them to this post.

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12 thoughts on “Top 10 Reasons I Love Book Blogging”

  1. Sure, it’s a little bit of work for me to actually complete a review but by the end of it, I feel like I’ve accomplished something small for the day and have managed to improve my meager writing skills.

    If the book blogging community suddenly disappears because the industry turns around and says we will no longer receive free books then I’ll be very disappointed but will continue to review books from my library 🙂

  2. I agree. From book blogging I find so many books that I normally wouldn’t even consider picking up. It has also helped me to read more. I don’t know where I would be without it these days.

  3. There are SO many reasons I love book blogging, but a lot of it is the solidarity between authors and bloggers. It’s a chance to truly raise your voice with other like-minded individuals, and that’s incomparable! 🙂

  4. Yay for bloggy friendships that are never limited to a computer screen! 🙂 You’ve highlighted so much I love about book blogging, and the feeling of “community” is definitely at the top of my list. When I have big news, too, I can’t wait to share with my buddies either through the blog or on Twitter. Plus, it’s definitely a great way to continuously grow your TBR stack… so easy to do!

  5. EXCELLENT post, Jessica. I started blogging primarily to help me keep track of what I read, but also because I read SO many book blogs and after seeing how much fun bloggers have, wanted to try it out for myself. Most of the books I review are purchased or borrowed from the library, as well as NetGalley. I just love sharing book info with other like-minded readers.

    I didn’t realize how excited I would be to see my little blog develop a following–slow and steady, to be sure, but a following nonetheless. And when an author comments on a review I’ve posted of their book–OMG I get all fangirly :o)

  6. Great post! I don’t review books on my blog but I appreciate those who do. Like you, I depend on blogs now to decide which books to buy. I’m new to your blog and look forward to reading your reviews. 🙂

  7. Blogging has been a great way for me to meet people with similar interests. Who knew there was such a great group of people out there just waiting to talk about books!

  8. I loved this post. While my blog is only going into it’s second month, I’ve watched the book blogging community for several years (one of those dreaded lurkers ) and I’ve been really surprised by the negativity that came out last week. I love that you pointed out all the great things about blogging and focused on how awesome the community is.

  9. YES for positivity!!! Blogging has brought me so many awesome things – from the great people to the phenomenal authors to the fun book events. I honestly can’t imagine my life without it anymore!

  10. I have to say you’ve kind of introduced me into the book blogging world. I followed you over here from your old blog, and really had no idea the whole book blogging world was out there. I feel like I’ve come across so many new books I want to read through the blogs, so I just wanted to give you a shout out and say thanks! for helping me find this community!

  11. YAY! It’s so good to see some positivity, and even better, your list is awesome! Blogging is such a great way to meet others who love reading, and I seriously don’t know what I would do without it.

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