Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at The Broke and Bookish with a new list subject every Tuesday.
This week’s Top Ten, Reasons I Love Being A Book Blogger/Bookish Person, is in honour of The Broke and Bookish reaching their first year anniversary. Congrats to them!
I’m dividing up my list into two halves. The first being why I love being a book blogger and the second with reasons of why I love being a bookish person.
Why I Love Being A Book Blogger
- Blogging about books is yet another excuse to read them. Not that I need any excuses or even incentives to read, but it’s nice to able to say to people ‘I have to read this for more than enjoyment.’ I haven’t had to say that one yet, but I’m keeping it up my sleeve for whenever someone whinges about how much I read and I don’t see that really happening these days because so many of my friends are readers… Awesome.
- Feeds my blogging addiction. In the last five years I have become quite the blogging addict and having a book blog not only gives me an excuse to read, but it also feeds my blogging addiction. I actually think it helps restrain it because I haven’t created as many new blogs in the last year as I would have in previous years. That’s pretty good.
- The Book Blogging World expands my tastes. I don’t think my reading material was limited before I started blogging, but I can say with certainty that there are a lot of books out there I would not have come across if I didn’t join the community and blog myself. Outside of blogs I don’t read the paper, don’t check the news, don’t watch interest programs that recommend anything (like talk shows or any other show that might do that. If they do that. Maybe I’m just thinking about Oprah here. Urgh). My way of finding books before was by going to the book store and looking around the library. It was all via browsing in a store, but now I can check out reviews and there are numerous websites bloggers direct me to where I can find even more books to read. You’ve got to love that.
- Authors. I’m one of those fortunate bloggers who have been able to interact with authors, make friends with some of them, and have an experience that doesn’t just let me read more, but also helps me to learn more in regards to the writing industry. Bonus!
- Interactions. Being able to interact with others who love books and writing more so than any other time I would have been able to. Granted I don’t get to keep up with other blogs and interact as much as I would like, but it’s still far more than when I wasn’t blogging.
Why I Love Being A Bookish Person
- I get to indulge my imagination. It’s possible I’m just addicted to escapism, but I have a very imaginative mind and when it gets tired I like to give it a break by indulging in someone else’s imaginings. Being into books gives me a great way to do that.
- Words! Words! Words! I love words to the point where I browse the dictionary, look up origins of words, and have even read a whole dictionary and thesaurus. Reading gives me a chance to surround myself with not only words, but how they’re delivered and what they can create in one’s mind. I love being able to read the words themselves and experience how someone puts them together, how someone can create an eloquence with letters.
- The capability to learn and perceive. Reading isn’t just about pleasure, although that is a big part about it, but there’s also a lot to glean from what we read. We can learn new ideas, new phrases, about different cultures, and see from different perspectives and that’s something I love about being bookish and into books.
- It’s a solitary pursuit that’s also good for you. I can be sociable, but I also really enjoy my alone time and not having to talk to people. I sound really fun don’t I? Anyway… Reading can be very much a solitary pursuit, but it’s also good for you in several ways. Learning and being good for your brain are the two that come to mind.
- Books are just awesome. Being bookish is healthier and cheaper compared to some pursuits (and for anyone who prefers going out to party and thinking that I don’t know any better because I’m some sort of stereotypical dork who is scared of her own shadow – well shame on you for believing stereotypes), gives you even more to talk to others about and it isn’t just about character or what’s going to happen next, and I’m going to be a little vain here – it can make your surroundings really nice to look at. I could personally look at bookshelves for hours…
So, what do you love about being bookish and/or a book blogger?