April over at Good Books and Good Wine is hosting a 15 day Book Blogger Challenge, which you can read all about here. It seems like a great idea, and I’m loving the idea of putting something random and exciting into my blog at a time when my real life makes me want to sleep rather than blog!
Okay, so you may have noticed that these posts went on a long pause while I was away at graduation. I debated for a while whether to keep going off schedule or give up completely, but honestly, I enjoyed posting them! So I’m back, despite a long delay!
Today I’m tackling Day 9 – Why do you blog about books? I imagine a lot of our answers will be similar for this one, but here goes!
I blog about books, for (I imagine) the same reason as everyone else – because I love to read. I get excited about upcoming books. I love to look up old books by an author I’ve just read, and I can’t read about an upcoming movie adaptation without at least learning about the book, if not reading it. I can’t help reading about author drama and I love reading a great book review.
I could (and do) spend hours browsing in the library and I read like a lot of people watch TV. Or play games. Or maybe both!
There are two big reasons though that I started blogging.
The first is that I spend a lot of my free time reading book blogs. For months I read, and I lurked, and I read and I lurked, until one day I decided to bite the bullet and join in. I blog about student life, and recipes, and non-bookish related things occasionally, but I’ve talked before about how book blogging has taken over more and more. That’s because, at the end of the day, reading is what I do with my time. When I’m not reading a book, I’m reading about a book. It just makes sense to blog about the things I love, and the fact that the book blogging community is so friendly certainly doesn’t hurt!
The second reason I started book blogging is probably the reason I’m still blogging about books – I love to talk about books. I love recommending books, and I can’t resist sharing my thoughts while I’m reading either. I’m lucky in that all of my family read, but I know that I bore them senseless when I’m rambling. My other half in particular gets subjected to a LOT of rambling before bed. He’s very patient, and doesn’t let on when I’m driving him crazy, but I do tend to ramble on about lots of different books, veering off on tangents. Despite the fact he hasn’t read a lot of the books I’m talking about, he’ll somehow manage to keep them all straight in his head (Though this sometimes results in him asking questions like this to clarify: “So this is the one with the aliens we’re talking about now, right? And it reminded you of the one with the zombies? Even though there aren’t any zombies in it? Kinda like how you said The Last of Us reminded you of Bioshock Infinite even though they were totally different?”)
Knowing that I can reach out through my blog, to other people who care about books in the same way I do, is amazing. I can pick up recommendations from other bloggers and I can say things like “It reminded me of…” and have people know what I mean! I can vent, I can ramble, I can share my geeky love for books without a single raised eyebrow (and if any of you are raising your eyebrows, I don’t care because I can’t see them!). I’d like to say it’s saving my other half’s sanity too, but I don’t think I talk about books any less, because now I just have more to talk about!
Blogging is now a huge part of my day to day routine. I don’t blog everyday, and sometimes real life gets in the way (see the break caused by graduation), but I know my blog is always here for me to come back to. I love having people on twitter I can chat to, whether that’s about books or even just my day! Sure getting approved for a book on NetGalley, or receiving a book in the post is great, but for me, blogging is a chance to share my love for reading, a typically solo activity, in a more social way. My blog is something that’s entirely for me, not my family, not work, and not university. It’s me time, and I look forward to writing the posts I’m really excited for, reading other blogs I love, or connecting with bloggers on twitter.