Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
Top Ten Reasons We Love Being a Blogger/Reader
Or, I get to live different lives and experience things I would otherwise not have a chance to do. One of my favorite quotes from George R. R. Martin's A Dance with Dragons :
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies," said Jojen. "The man who never reads lives only one.”
I am always thinking or worrying about something. Reading is the only time that I truly let go and immerse myself in something that stops my constant whirring of thoughts.
For similar reasons to number two above, reading is one of the few things that truly occupies my mind. Even when I’m watching TV or playing a game, I need something else to do (I am in a constant state of multi-tasking). But, when I am reading, I am just reading, and I am fully entertained.
I read a lot more blogs and participate more when I do read a blog than I ever did before becoming a blogger (because I used to be a lurker who had probably never commented). Every time someone comments on one of my posts, I make sure that go to their blog and add them to my Feedly so I can check out their reading tastes and get recommendations. Especially for Top Ten Tuesday and Waiting on Wednesday, I have a list of blogs that I always check and comment on.
Because even if my friends love books, they don’t want to constantly talk about this awesome new book that I read (because let’s be honest, I read several a week). No one else understands me like someone obsessed with books, even if they aren’t obsessed with the same book(s) I am.
Amber totally shares some of the same reasoning for loving reading and blogging as me, so I'm going to dig deep today and share something different.
Let's be honest - life can be a major drain at times, though I'm sure it's better than the alternative. With reading, I can get a distraction from my own meager problems or read about someone who has a lot worse shit going on for them. And the way I see it is that life can't be that bad as long as we have books.
I know I can't be the only person who does this, but I love reading a book and then discovering some tidbit of information that sends me on a Google search that has me falling down the Interwebz Rabbit Hole for hours. Most recently, I was looking up more information about Robert Louis Stevenson after reading Under a Wide and Starry Sky, and the next thing I know, I'm reading about the Trail of Tears. Isn't it fun when that happens?
I bet no one else is putting the blogosphere drama on their lists, but I will bet nearly anything that the majority of bloggers and readers of our blogs watches the various trainwrecks, ravenous with our morbid curiosity. Now, I know that being in the middle of the drama sucks, but there is something inherently fascinating about reading our own little soap operas on our favorite blogs. If nothing else, we learn what NOT to do.
There is no feeling in the world like opening a guest post that an author just sent you to post on your blog. I've had some meh ones and then there have been others that have completely blown my mind. I've also had some amazing interviews that have made me laugh and inspired me. I love being able to share these things with the readers of Bibliophilia, Please.
I wouldn't be honest if I didn't put this on my list. There is nothing in the world like receiving a book from a publisher, author, tour group, etc. because they want me to share my opinion with readers. Yes, I know that BP isn't Kirkus, but it feels good nonetheless. The downside to this is that my new house is tiny and space is limited, but that just means I get to pass them on to you guys or my library patrons when I'm done.