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I love being a blogger because...
1. Interaction and New Friends
I have joined many different communities and forums in the past through various hobbies and interests, but the book blogging community has been one of the friendliest and most accepting of them all. I don't think I would have kept my blog up if I wasn't interacting with other bookish people and making friends from all over the world. I get to meet new people everyday, and it's definitely the most important thing about blogging for me.
2. Discovering New Books
Another of my favourite things about blogging is all the new books I get to discover on a daily basis. I get recommendations from friends, I see people raving (or ranting) about books on Twitter, and I spend hours scrolling through Goodreads and adding books to my shelves. Before blogging, my journeys of discovery were mostly restricted to Amazon recommendations. What a small world that was.
3. Endless TBR Pile
I have a love/hate relationship with this one. The TBR pile in my room is about four hundred books high, and then there are the books on my Kindle (another two hundred or so, considering how many free books I have downloaded from Amazon) and those on my wishlist. More books are released every week, and there is no way I'm ever going to be able to read all of the ones that I want to, which makes me a little sad. But at the same time, I love that there are so many books out there to choose from!
4. Recording My Thoughts
I originally started my blog so I could record how I felt about the books that I was reading. I often go through my old posts and reviews and, while they are pretty cringe-worthy, I really enjoy remembering how I felt about a book and all the feelings come rushing back. This blog is nearly four years old, and I've read a lot of books since I started reviewing, so it's always great to have a refresher at hand! In addition, I also love sharing my thoughts with everyone, even if few people read the review of less popular books.
5. Reading Others' Opinions
As well as recording my own thoughts, I always love reading about other people's opinions, whether they're similar to my own or completely different. It's always great when you find someone who adored the same book as you, just as it's always interesting when you find someone who didn't love the book and you can read their reasoning.
I love being a reader because...
1. New Worlds
Whether it's an alien planet, an Earth overrun by paranormal creatures, or simply a story based in another city to yours, reading lets you explore all sorts of different new worlds and places. I've been to a vampire academy, snowy mountains, Russia, and various different roadtrips across the USA, all thanks to one series. Every experience is unique in some way, and I always love diving in.
I talked a little bit about this in a recent discussion post (Why I Don't Care About the Female-to-Male Ratio in YA), but books are a place where everyone can find a hero, whoever they may be.
Books provide the best escapism when you just need to leave this world behind a little while. I guess they're kind of like drugs in that way, and they even have some serious side effects if you're reading a particularly emotional book or series. I'm still not over Harry Potter.
Some of my favourite memories are related to reading. My Nanny, who died when I was 12, bought me lots of books and I will always remember her when I read them. I remember her reading Harry Potter to me, and she's the one who told me the proper way to pronounce Hermione. And of course, there are more recent memories, like when I made Tatum read Falling Kingdoms, or she finally got me to carry on with the Chaos Walking trilogy. And then there's mine and Judith's epic fail of a readalong with Beautiful Creatures. The list is basically endless.
5. Interaction and New Friends 2.0
This kind of goes hand-in-hand with the first thing on my list, obviously. If I wasn't a reader, I wouldn't be a blogger, and I wouldn't have made so many new friends. Tatum and I would have very boring conversations instead of screaming at each other over our current read, and I think the world would be a more boring place.