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Top Ten Tuesday – I enjoy being a blogger

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week they come up with a topic and invite whoever wants to add their own list to their own blog.

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There are a lot of things to love about being a blogger and being a reader. For me, both are unique experiences that luckily get to go hand in hand. While I’ve been a reader since before I could read (I loved being read to as a child), enriching it with blogging has been one of the best things in the world.

Why I love being a blogger

Goddess powers – Ask yourself this: Who created The Grown-Up YA? Candice, goddess of the blog. I love the fact that just about everything that is The Grown-Up YA is because of me and what I created here. Maybe that makes me arrogant, but whatever. I’m proud of this blog and what I have done with it.

Instant scapegoat – Even though I’m not ashamed that I read YA or fantasy or romance novels… sometimes I get a little embarrassed when people give me funny looks for reading those books. While I don’t think I have to justify my reading, sometimes it’s nice to be able to say something like “Oh, this? I’m writing a review for it. Due on Wednesday. I’m so behind, so please excuse me.”

GIFs – These are pretty new to me and I only recently discovered how to put them into posts. I love how they convey exactly what you want to say without any words.

Community – Let’s face it: this is the best part of blogging. I don’t think anyone really knew when they got into blogging just how great this community is. It’s my favorite part of blogging and I have gained so many great wonderful friends because of blogging.

Confidence – This is something I’ve only gained recently but I love how much confidence  I’ve gained in not only my reading and writing but in sharing my love for both. I used to be shy, hesitant and a little terrified about telling people what I love to read and that I write. Now, because of blogging, I’m actually excited to talk to people about these things. Hooray confidence!

Why I love being a reader

Discovery – It’s no secret that books are a key to discovery. Whether it’s traveling to new worlds, visiting another country, having exciting adventures, learning about a different culture… books, no matter what the subject, have the capability to help us discover not only a new subject but something about ourselves.

Connection – Books aren’t read by one person; they’re read by millions. There’s nothing quite as invigorating as meeting someone who is reading or has read a book you’ve read. Regardless of who you are, you both share this instant, brief connection. It’s quite a cool feeling.

Book smells – Maybe it’s the book lover in me, but I love the way books smell. That first crack of the book and the new paper, glue, binding, cover smells so good. And then older books… that musty antique smell. I get a little nostalgic when I pull a book that’s been in storage for a while and smell it. This may make me weird.

Book stores/libraries – Do you walk into one of these and instantly feel like a kid in a candy store? One of the things I love about being a reader is seeing hundreds of things I love in one place, all of them mine for the choosing. I also like seeing books I’ve heard about or had my eye on for a while in the “flesh.” It’s like finding a treasure.

Book Crushes – We all have our book crushes, boys in books that make us swoon. Pretty sure this is something only readers can truly appreciate. What makes it so fun is that what I envision a book crush to look like is probably completely different from what you do. While characters are alive in their pages, they come alive to us in different ways and envisionings.

 

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18 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – I enjoy being a blogger”

  1. I love the smell and feel of books and wandering around a bookshop is one of my favourite things in the world to do! It’s definitely my haven and happy place! 🙂

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  2. I love book stores/book smells. haha I love walking into B&N and being attacked by the smell of books and coffee! Seriously.. it is an instant stress reducer!
    Also- love your scapegoat reason. I used to be embarrassed about reading YA until I realized how many people my age read it, but sometimes I do run across a person that just kinda looks at me and I have definitely said “plus I review books” to kill the awkwardness. haha SO I GET IT!

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  3. Love your list. I also wanted to tell you that I think you have some of the best headlines ever; I love guessing what book you’re reviewing based on the punny headlines in my subscription email for the site. Love that you’re part of our book community!

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  4. oooh I do love being able to blame my embarrassing reads on something else– I’m finally getting to the point where I’m just ready to own my crappy taste in books though!

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  5. I seriously love your reasons for why you enjoy being a blogger. They’re so true! I would agree that blogging has given me confidence as well. Two years ago, before I started blogging, I NEVER shared my opinion on things. I just pretended to feel the same way as everyone else because I didn’t want to upset anyone. Plus, I was really insecure about my writing. Not that I’m not anymore, because I think that’s something I’ll always be a little insecure about, but now I have almost no problem sharing my writing/thoughts with others. In fact, I find it almost therapeutic!

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  6. Loved the Goddess Powers one, it’s not arrogance when there’s a reason for it. 🙂 I also believe that book crushes are less about what the person look like and more about their actions and personality, which is very healthy 🙂

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  7. I love that you’ve mentioned the connection you feel with someone that has read a book that you’ve also read. It’s like you have to let them know that you’ve also read it whether or not you have time to discuss. And if you do EVEN BETTER! Great list, love it! (:

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  8. Candice, Goddess of The Grown-Up Ya! Darn straight you are 🙂

    I know what you mean about how blogging has increased your confidence. I feel that way, but not just in what my reading tastes are, but in every way.

    Also – yay for the libraries!

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