Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Top 10 Tuesday: Why I love being a book blogger/bookish person
Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!
This week is the one year blogoversary for the folks over at the Broke and the Bookish (congrats guys!) so to commemorate the topic for the week is the top ten reasons why being a book blogger or just plain ol' bookish person is the bee's knees, the cat's pajamas and any other superb aspect of animal clothing or body parts!
I've been blogging since last August, but it wasn't until about March this year that I really settled into the groove of things and found my own personal rhythm. I've been a bookish person for far, far longer and even if my blogging slows or stops altogether, I know I'll be reading until the day that I die. With that in mind I'm going to split this top 10 in half, 5 dedicated to the amazing aspects of blogging and 5 to the reasons reading is the shiz-nit.
In no particular order...
1. I get to meet like-minded people... Even though I studied literature at university, I've never had many friends who were quite as bookish as me. Some may read the current best-sellers or even dip their toes into the unknown waters of authors and genres that I try to recommend to them, but for much of my life I've been alone and unable to communicate how much I love books and why I love them. Through reading other blogs, and in the comment section of my own blog I've been able to form friendships with people across the globe who are as bookish and as obsessive and as desperate to discuss as I am. There are archaeologists, authors, historians, teachers, librarians, students, lawyers and on and on, and the one thing that joins all these amazing people is their love of reading and their desire to share their passion. How some of these people manage to keep up such comprehensive and amazing blogs and maintain a full-time job and in some cases a family absolutely astounds me! I could not recommend the people listed in my sidebar enough, they're all amazing people and fabulous bloggers. Do yourself a favour and visit their blogs!
2. I come across books I would never find otherwise... There are genres I always wanted to sample but never had any idea where to start. Thanks to the variety of blogs out there I get to read countless reviews and hear which titles are to be heralded and which to steer clear of. Not to mention all the books I've heard about thanks to blogging that I am 100% certain I never would have found on my own.
3. I get to write everyday... I might not be heading down the career path of a writer or professional book blogger, but this blog gives me a reason to write down my thoughts on books, films, politics and share my opinions and words with anyone who'll listen. It's a pretty amazing experience and something I love to do.
4. It's a fantastic reason to read as many books as I can... This was one of the reasons I majored in literature, it gave me an excuse to stick my nose in a book and keep it there without feeling guilty. Sure it's more difficult now that these books aren't related to my current study but the fact that I'll be documenting my thoughts on them eventually makes me feel a little less guilty when I spend an entire Sunday in bed reading Game of Thrones instead of studying.
5. I'm learning everyday... When I look back at what I knew before I began blogging, in terms of writing reviews, discussion posts, html etc, I realise how much I've learned in quite a short period of time. I'm still learning,and while I like to think getting better at the tech sides of blogging I know there is so much still to take in and I can't wait! Education minus the 1000s of dollars in school fees? Yes please!
1. I get to escape into amazing worlds everytime I open a cover... As corny and as cliche as it may be to say, every book is a new adventure. I've just emerged from Westeros (Game of Thrones) and before that I was hopping across the seedy side of America (Crooked Little Vein) and before that I was in London (The Doctor is Sick) with some of the most eccentric characters around. I've journeyed to fantastical lands that can never truly be, I've seen environments that reflect the worst and the best sides of the human condition, I've lived in the past and the future and alternative presents. Book worlds give you a taste of cultures, worlds, times and places you may never get the opportunity to see and I love them for that.
2. I'm a more understanding and compassionate person... This is much to do with the teachings of my parents but I honestly think that being a well-read person helps you understand and empathise and stops you from jumping to ridiculous and often ignorant assumptions.
3. I've met some of my best friends between the pages...
4. I'm never bored... I know people who are completely despondent when the weather turns poorly or their bus is 20 minutes late. Me? I relish rain and couldn't care less if my bus never arrives (well...kind of) because I always have a book in my bag and am always looking for an excuse to spend a little more time indoors reading!
5. I no how to spel and use grammaer good... har, har, har! I'm a pretty shocking speller, I rely on spell-checker more than I should but compared to some people I see attempting to write emails, resumes (you wouldn't believe some of the shockers that have come into my store) and even uni assignments I'm a veritable English goddess. I remember being forced into a spelling contest in year 9 and managing to win because they used obscure words that I had come across when reading and my competitors hadn't been exposed to the cryptic spelling frequent in older English or hybrid English words.
So they're just 10 reasons why I love reading and blogging but rest assured there are dozens and dozens more! What did you all have on your lists?