Monday, 16 October 2017

First & Foremost, Be A Reader


You may have looked at the title of this post and thought 'well I am a reader', especially if like me you're a bookworm who talks about books on the internet, however I think as book bloggers we can often fall into the trap of wearing our 'book blogger' hat all the time. I don't mean all day long of course, but when it comes to books and reading experiences.

I know this because of things I see in the community, but also because of my own experiences. It's safe to say we've all slumped at some point in our time as a book blogger; it's likely that you had one of many slumps just this year (doesn't it seem like each & every one of us book bloggers has had a slump this year?!). Reading slumps are normal; we all need a break sometimes. And sometimes that means a break from your book blogger hat also.

I don't want this post to be a long and ramble-y one as the point I want to make is quite simple.

First and foremost, be a reader.

As book bloggers we pick up specific books because they are due for review, we feel the pressure of a mounting TBR, some wish they had the current buzz book, you may analyse a book as part your review process, you need to take a photo before picking up that new paperback and delving in. I get it. I'm not saying these are bad habits & traits of a book blogger... I am a book blogger after all and have fallen foul to a few of these things. Just remember, you wouldn't be a book blogger if it wasn't for your love of reading in the first place.

Pick up a book every now and again that isn't for review or blog purposes. Reread those favourites without worrying how others may not want to hear about your fifth visit to a world and characters you know and love. Wander a bookshop or library without a list of books to hand that have been rec'ed by other bloggers - let the books seek you. Spend time reading the backlist books of an author you've just discovered and adore. Don't put undue pressure on yourself to get a post up because you have to stick to that schedule of yours.

Be a book blogger (it is great!) but first & foremost, be a reader.
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  1. Such a good reminder! We've got to make sure we don't lose our love for reading!

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  2. Exactly. This is why I reread my favorites. I don’t review them or talk about them on the blog. I read them just to love them again.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. Rereading is one my favourite bookish activities, especially this time of year. I'm glad you revisit old favourites :-)

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  3. I couldn't agree more! I try to live by this every week. I want to have new blog content up as often as possible, but I don't want the unnecessary stress. So I do what I can, and try to read what I want to.

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    1. This sounds like the perfect approach to blogging, Brandie!

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  4. A very timely post - thank you! I've been in a horrible slump lately, but seem to be coming out of it at last. Fingers crossed...

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    1. Positives wishes for your future bookish adventures.

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  5. Yessss -- all of this! As you know, I hardly review at all anymore except for snippets on Goodreads and the occasional snippet that gets so long I decide I'll make it a review post after all :) I'm very happy that I've prioritized reading over blogging without closing up shop altogether. For me personally, I find it a lot more fun to blog a few times a month and hardly ever any of those posts are "reviews." Do what works for you! And the amazing thing about this community seems to be that if you have a small group of readers who you've connected with, they'll stick around even as things change and evolve :) :)

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    1. 'Do what works for you!' - yes!

      I totally agree with you about the book community; even as you grow and evolve as a blogger, the readers you've really connected with will stick around regardless and support you as a reader & book blogger.

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  6. Great post- it's easy to get caught up in ur blogger "responsibilities", it can be east to forget we do this for fun sometimes! And "let the books seek you"- that's good advice. Sometimes it's fun to just browse the bookstore and see what jumps out. Sometimes you find the best books that way!

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    1. Thank you! I've found some of my all time favourites by just having a browse.

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  7. I totally agree! Sometimes I think I am a terrible blogger - I don't always get my reviews done. But I try! It's just..sometimes you want to read a different book. Lol. Great post!

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