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Top Ten Tuesday


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted for us book blogger types by the Broke and the Bookish. They provide a topic, and all of us participants post our answers on our blogs and we hop around checking out one another’s answers! This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Reasons I Love Being A Blogger/Reader

1. Getting to read all I want
Seriously, it’s like I have a free pass to always have my nose stuck in a book without seeming rude to people around me.  I just tell them I have a deadline.  They don’t know that I impose these deadlines on myself!

2. Fellow Bloggers
After getting to attend BEA and being able to meet some of my fellow bloggers in the literary world, I cannot imagine being surrounded by a better group of people.  Not only are we all supportive of one another, but we have cultivated friendships as well.

3. Talking to Authors
It never ceases to amaze me how much authors really appreciate what we book bloggers do.  When I first started doing this I was really focused on doing it so I could put to use my two degrees (more on that later) and getting the chance to encourage more people to read.  However, after interviewing and meeting with a number of authors, it is clear that our community of book lovers really helps spread the word about new releases and the hottest books out. I love that I can help get the word out!

4. Interacting with Readers
This is something that I don’t get to do as much as I would like to, but I am extremely excited when I get a chance to talk to any readers of any age and genre.  It is so much fun to try and find common literary ground!

5. Exposure to YA and NA books of all genres
I’m not going to  lie, there are some books that I probably wouldn’t pick up of my own volition for fear of it really hitting some emotional note or the synopsis not completely grabbing my attention.  But I’ve learned many times over that subject matter and synopsis really can’t give a clear picture of what I will love and what I won’t.  So blessed that this gig lets me read things I otherwise wouldn’t.

6. Bookish Items
E-readers, cute book bags, book related jewelry, book related furniture, book related art, etc.

7. Seemingly Endless Books
I swear it seems like there is always a sea of books floating around my house.  Not because I get them for free or anything, but because I have a serious book buying addiction and loads of books from Book Expo America that I still haven’t had a chance to read! The thing with books is that there are always more coming out that I want to read!

8. BEA
I never in my wildest dreams imagined that I’d get to attend such a literary circus.  I mean, not only was I able to meet a ton of authors and fellow bloggers, but I was able to discover a ton of new books! So much fun, and I cannot wait until BEA 2014!

9. Learning the Industry
For those of us who have always dreamed of being a published author, being a book blogger can really give you an interesting look innto the process of publication and the publicity that comes with it.

10. Putting to use my degrees
This one is really just to make my parents feel good about the fact that I have a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in English Literature, and since I work in higher education administration, I don’t get to put them to use as much as my family thinks I should.  So at least as a book blogger I get to absolve their fear that my degrees are useless!


Are you a book blogger/reader?  What are some of your favorite perks?

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