Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week they ask us to share lists on the following:
June 28: FREEBIE WEEK — topic of your choice or go back and do one you missed!
This week’s topic is our choice, so a couple of weeks ago I had this brilliant idea to do a list about, what I’ve learned from book blogging. Even made up a post with the title and the sentence below and then stopped. Flash forward and now I have no clue what the clever little points I was going to share with you all so yeah…. Crap. Well not having a better idea, I am going to go ahead with the original plan and see if I can pull something off the top of my head. No problem right? Should be great. Sorry in advance….
Ten things I learned through Book Blogging.
- That publishers will give you free books: Now if you are fellow blogger then you too probably knew this, but if you review books on a blog then you can sign up on websites like Net Galley, Edelweiss, and Blogging for Books to receive advance reading copies or ARCs of their soon to be published books. I mainly use Net Galley and Blogging for Books as I have not had much luck with Edelweiss and one other program I can’t remember the name of anymore. Most of the time you will get e-copies of the books you request that have an expiration date, but Blogging for Books sends you actual books albeit one at a time. Still, the whole deal is really cool and an amazing way to discover new authors or titles you might be interested in, or a chance to score that highly coveted next release from your favorite author and read it before anyone else you know does. The catch is that you need to give them feedback on the book you received and share what you thought, good or bad, with the rest of the world. No problem there!
- That publishers and authors are going to offer you a ton of books you are not interested in: and you need to learn to say no. You are already going to be getting more books than you can handle through your requests. Still don’t just delete those book review requests, sometimes there will be books you actually want to read, so I always make a habit of reading the synopsis of books review requests that are sent to me. I still turn down like 80% of them, because there is just not enough hours in the day to read everything and a lot of the time they are just not good fits for me. I swear sometimes authors and publisher don’t even bother to take a look at other books I’ve read before sending me an email. those I don’t feel bad about deleting.
- That you don’t have to finish everything you read: There is no law anywhere in the universe that states you need to finish every book you start. It does not make you a failure or a quitter or even a bad person. It makes you human and a reader that knows what works for them. If you don’t like what you are read put it down and move on and don’t feel guilty for one second that you DNF. Not every book is for every reader, but there is a book for every reader.
- That you are not going to like everything you read: I tend to give a lot of four and five-star reviews, not that there are not books I didn’t like, see number three as for the reason why they might not show up on my blog. It is not you most of the time it is going to be the book, so don’t sweat it just find something else to read.
- That you can get burnt out on reading: This is something I didn’t think was even remotely possible, but it does happen. You can get burned out on reading. It happens when you have a stretch of books that are not working for you or too many review books to get through. It happens, take a break go YouTube something or binge watch a program on Netflix, before you know it you will want to read again. Another trick I tried was going back to my roots with reading, picking up a book by an author I know I love or re-reading something by them can help make me excited about reading again. Sometimes it is also just life gets in the way, if you are stressed about something like work or bills it can suck the fun out of just about anything.
- That blogging is work: Blogging takes planning, takes time, takes some skill?…. Anyway, it is not as simple as throwing up a page and posting crap, well it can be, but if you want those review requests approved you need to have a site that looks a little more professional. You have become a brand and that takes some commitment and forethought and planning. Congrats! You started a new job that no one is ever going to pay you for (yes, I know some bloggers make money. Probably only a few and usually not enough to live on). That is why I try to keep my blog professional but in the end, this is just a hobby for me and I do not even attempt to make money off of my reviews.
- That I have to write my review as soon as I finish a book: This is just me. I have to write my review for the book I just finished before I can start the next book. I can schedule them if they need to be posted at a later date, but I will usually write-up my review within minutes of finishing a book to capture how I felt about what I just read. I also can not read two books at once unless one of them is non-fiction.
- That reading can be a chore: Just like blogging, reading can feel like work as well. Usually, this is because I am up against a release deadline or life has gotten in the way or I’m burnt out, but sometimes reading is just no fun. I think this is just the unintentional consequence of starting a book blog and part of the reason I am going to keep this a non-paying hobby.
- That there is this yearly event called BEA: Bookexpo of America is a yearly conference for the entire publishing industry and a well-kept secret because hardly anyone I know of outside of blogging or publishing world knows what the heck it is. Simply put boys and girls it is a book geek’s version of heaven found here on earth!
- That there is this whole other world out there filled with people just like you: You are not alone in your love of books and reading. Blogging about books has opened up this whole other community and world to me that I never knew existed and I feel like I have found my place in the world where my geekdom is celebrated and I can be one of the cool kids instead of an outsider. Book blogging has given me a community of people where I belong. Thank you!
Well, there is my list for the freebie week. Did you write your own Top Ten list this week? Share a link in the comments so everyone can go check it out!