Top Ten Tuesday is a fun weekly feature hosted by the fantastic blog, The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic is “Top Ten Blogging Confessions,” a change from the usually more book-centric themes! Although my confessions will probably be more book oriented since it’s the inspiration for the blog…so read on and let me know if any of these apply to you!
- I set realistic reading goals for myself. Before I started blogging, I used to be proud that I read 30-40 books a year. Now I’ve seen that this is hardly a third of what many book bloggers read a year. But you know what? I’m not too concerned about it, because I like to take my time with my books if I need to and sometimes I need to just let a book sit with me and digest what I’ve read. Also, with work, school, social life, etc. I like to try and balance my reading. So in 2014 I’ve upped the goal by ten from last year and am aiming to read 50 books. I’m already at 28!
- I tend to write really long reviews. I’m always scared I’m going to forget to mention something really important, and I always have a lot to say when I have an opinion about something. But then I realize that is the wonderful freedom of the internet, to be able to create your own space and post reviews of any length you want!
- I do my best blogging in the mini-library room in my house. Being around the shelves inspires me.
- Blogging has led to me reading and being exposed to so many books that I normally wouldn’t have been made aware of. There are so many great books I’ve heard about through bloggers that don’t necessarily get the huge marketing campaigns others do (*coughTFIOScough*). For example, I had never heard of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe before entering the world of blogging, and it’s a book that has such an impact on so many readers.
- Blogging can definitely inspire ARC-envy. One of the biggest things blogging opened my eyes too was the ability to read and request advanced reader copies of books via sites like NetGalley. Though I’ve worked to learn how to utilize such sites, as a growing blog it can often be hard to get approved despite your best intentions, while others seemed to get approved for so many.
- Blogging about books is almost as fun as reading books! I love that my hobby engages me in such a passionate and intellectual community, and sometimes I enjoy blogging about books so much it cuts into my time to actually read them.
- Blogging has made me a lot smarter about buying books. Reviews by other readers I trust has helped me really filter what I’m spending my money on, what I check out from the library, and what I skip altogether.
- I get book-guilt over not finishing a novel. Book blogging makes me feel accountable for what I say I’m going to read, so I feel a nagging sense of guilt when I’m not motivated to finish a text (such as Hungry which I really can’t bring myself to pick up again). Yet this guilt also wars with the fact that I’m busy and reading is what I do to relax and have fun, and making it a chore really cuts into my down time, leading me to waste my time on lackluster books that I finished out of a sense of duty (The Chapel Wars, Matched). This is especially a struggle when it’s a book I’ve purchased myself.
- I get a huge thrill every time I get get a like or a comment on a post! Maybe it’s very newbie-blogger of me, but I love knowing people are engaging with my writing, and I promise I read every comment and appreciate every like and view!
- I’m a serious rater. I don’t give out five stars lightly, so many of my book reviews tend to fall in the 3-3.5 star range. Even four star reads have to really resonate with me. Maybe I take it to seriously, but I always have to think “Well, I really liked it, but was it really as good as Harry Potter? Will I really be unable to stop talking and dreaming about this world? Will I remember the plot of this when I’m 90 years old?” I sometimes wish I could gush and give a blanket five stars to books I really enjoy, but blogging seems to really keep up my rating integrity.
Do any of these confessions apply to you? Let me know in the comments, and link back to your TTT post!