You know you’re a book blogger when…

19/09/2016 Blogging, Lists 29

You know you're a book blogger when...
  • The photo gallery on your phone consists of two pictures of your dog and about a million of your books.

Stacked, spread out, artfully heaped…you have photographs of your book babies in every imaginable pose!

  • Books with ugly, unphotogenic covers justΒ make you cringe.

Yes, it’s shallow. But you can’t have ugly books ruining your blog or Bookstagram feed!

  • You get a constant stream of rectangular shaped parcels arriving at your house.

Maybe they’re ARCs, maybe it’s a book you won in a giveaway, or just your latest Amazon goodies seen as you have an ever growing TBR list.

  • You have enough books to build a house.

Should any natural disaster befall your home, you’ve got it covered: you can just build a house out of all of your books (you know, once you’ve rescued them all from the wreckage!) because you have that many.

  • Your library card is in the most accessible slot in your purse/wallet.

Your bank card and ID play second fiddle to your all-important, and well used library card!

  • You find yourself mentally composing reviews whilst you’re reading.

Forget enjoying yourself and becoming immersed in your latest read! You’re just thinking of what clever and insightful thing you’re going to say about it in your review.

  • You have book blogger/author idols.

Forget screaming over pop stars and movie stars – you’re freaking out because you’re favourite author retweeted your review, or your blogging idol commented on your post.

  • You get all your book recommendations from your otherΒ bloggers.

The old days of getting book recommendations from friends and family, or just picking up random books at the bookshop or library are long gone! Now you have a very strict policy of blogger and/or Goodreads sanctioned reads only making it onto your TBR list.

  • You have a TBR list that literally never seems to end!

Speaking of TBR lists, yours is never-ending. You’re exposed to so many new books and raving reviews every day that it just keeps growing and growing and growing…

  • Your phone or laptop is never far from your hand.

Even during your precious reading time, you are never too far away from the magical devices that connect you to the book community. What if a random but incredibly insightful bookish thought were to pop into your head, and you had no way of noting it down for a future discussion post? Or what if you want to discuss your current read with hoards of other book lovers and had no way of getting on Twitter? Or, God forbid, if you couldn’t check your comments or blog stats every hour?

So, book bloggers, do you suffer from any of these symptoms of book blogging? Are there any ways you know you’re a book blogger that you think I’ve missed?

29 Responses to “You know you’re a book blogger when…”

  1. nordie @ writing about books

    Ha! I may have to do my own version of this, but how about:

    You have a wishlist longer than your TBR, but still……
    You get book tokens for every birthday and Christmas, because people don’t know what to buy you
    Along with your LibraryCard, your loyalty cards (for multiple bookshops) are the most accessible in your purse

    • Laura

      I would love to see your own version! πŸ™‚
      I can totally relate to all of yours too! Even though I love books, no one ever knows which ones to buy me so I always get loads of book tokens πŸ™‚

    • Laura

      Haha, I’m exactly the same. Conn Iggulden liked my review of his book on Twitter and I did pretty much have a heart attack! πŸ™‚

  2. Lory @ Emerald City Book Review

    I’m definitely guilty of most of these! However, I wouldn’t say I ONLY allow blogger recommendations onto my TBR — they have certainly crowded out other forms of book acquisition, but I would never say no to a recommendation from friends or family, and I’m still prone to picking up books randomly in libraries and bookstores.

    • Laura

      I wish I read more random books these days, but there are so many recommendations on my TBR list I never seem to end up doing! I never got many recommendations from family or friends anyway though, seen as very few of them are readers, so mine are pretty much all from bloggers.

  3. Puput @ Sparkling Letters

    BIG YES TO ALL OF THESE! πŸ˜› Book covers & colors are everything for bookstagram! I’ve been paying extra just for getting specific book covers because AESTHETIC <3 I totally second you on composing review/discussion post literally EVERY TIME I read a book. I couldn't NOT overanalyze a book these days πŸ™ there are a couple times when my favorite blogger shared my post on twitter and I FREAKED! OH and there was a time Leigh Bardugo retweeted my tweet I was totally stoked! Great post πŸ˜€

    • Laura

      I’m glad this isn’t just me! πŸ™‚
      I have definitely paid more for nicer versions of books just because they look better in photos! πŸ™‚

  4. Silvara

    All of these. *nods* I also freaked out and scared my cats when the publicist for one of my favorite authors contacted me and offered me a review copy of her new book. *snickers*

    I have so many books I really should get one of those apps that lets you scan them all in, so you know if you already own it when you go to buy/borrow more books. But the thought of going through and SCANNING THEM ALL is a frightening, time-consuming concept. So I’ll most likely never do it!

    • Laura

      Haha, poor cats! πŸ™‚
      I really need one of those apps too! I have been in book shops before and tried to buy books I already own. Generally I realise before I pay thankfully, but I really need to get to grips more with what I already own!

  5. Charlie

    Sometimes I find myself starting to plan what I’ll say before I’ve started the book – I’ll be thinking of how I’ll introduce it. Only vague thoughts so it’s not a case of reviewing without reading at all; I think it’s the worry of not repeating phrases I might have already used recently.

    As much as it can be useful, the problem with planning the review while reading is that if the book switches from being good to bad or the reverse, what you’ve got in mind can often be irrelevant!

    • Laura

      I do exactly the same thing! πŸ™‚
      That is definitely the problem with reviewing as you read. There are books I’ve loved that have had endings that have really let me down, and then a lot of what I’ve wanted to say I’ve had to scrap. It just seems to be a compulsion though to mentally write my review as I read!

  6. Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight

    Bwhahah I LOVE this! These are all VERY true for me- only, I don’t have a library card! (I know, I know!) But YES to every single other one. I never know what to do with ugly covers- or even worse, the dreaded ARC with the unfinished, blank cover! Noooo. That will look nice in exactly zero pictures! And I trust bloggers and such FAR more than I’d ever trust anyone else. What did I do before them!? Great post, and SO true!

    • Laura

      I didn’t have a library card for years, but then I moved and I now have three… I live in an area that is on the cusp of a few different counties, so I have one for the local library, and one each for two big cities that are nearby (and have huge libraries!).
      Ugly/blank covers are seriously the worst! I want to record on social media that I own them/am reading them, but i just never know how to make them look nice. And I have no idea what I did for recommendations before blogging either. I have one friend who also reads, and she always gives me great recommendations, but other than that, there was no one! πŸ™‚

  7. Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight

    Ugh, I HATE that I can’t just enjoy books anymore! I’m always writing the reviews in my head as I go, sometimes I’m not even halfway and I’m already planning the damn review! I’m trying to get better about that, to stop myself when I start doing that and just let myself enjoy the book.

  8. Di @ Book Reviews by Di

    Ummm. Yes, yes and YES! I love this list!

    My poor TBR. I actually don’t want to think about it because it makes me freak out and fret and cry and….. ALL THE THINGS. It’s ridiculous.

    I actually have hardly any physical books right now 😱 but if I printed all my electronic ones I would have to BUY a new house, so rather let’s leave them floating around in cyberspace for now. So much more space there! πŸ˜‰

    Great post!!!

    • Laura

      I’m glad you like the list! πŸ™‚
      I’m totally the same about my TBR list! It doesn’t bear thinking about!
      I always really wish I could get into ebooks more because then I would save so much space on physical books. I get quite a few out of the library though, so at least I can return them after I’ve read them and save space though πŸ™‚

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