I am just a girl who loves reading and talking about books
Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, bloggers get a topic which entails giving a list of ten things based on the topic.
Today’s instructions were as follows: Thanksgiving freebie — tell us what you are thankful for! Books you are thankful for!
I started blogging about books this year. In January, I had only 41 followers. This was after blogging for three years on and off. I now have slightly over 600 followers and not a day goes by without having visitors (even if they are 10) on the blog. My blogging experience has changed and I now enjoy it unlike before. Perhaps, I just needed to find a niche, do something that I enjoy or just find a community where I belong. So today, I am thankful for book blogging and this is why….
Talking about books- I don’t have many friends who are book lovers. My friends used to tell me that I read way too much but now I know people who read more than I do. I like being able to talk about books with fellow readers.
Discovering new books and authors- My TBR is out of control because of all the book recommendations that I have received. I have read many books from reading reviews and this is how I discovered some of my favourite books this year like The Girls by Emma Cline, Wrecked by Maria Padia, Cruel Beautiful World by Caroline Leavitt, It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover,The Book Thief by Markus Zusak…there are so many books that I’ve read based on recommendations
Discovering new book genres- I have always been a reader but I actually never knew what my favorite genre was until I started book blogging. I took the goodreads reading challenge this year and also started requesting books on NetGalley. This helped me realize that I read a lot of thrillers and I enjoy dark books. I can confidently say that my favourite genre is psychological thrillers. Through book blogging, I also started reading Young and New Adult. The first YA that I read was Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins followed by November 9 by Colleen Hoover. These books were so popular when I started blogging. I have found other great YAs through the year. My favourite one is SOS: Summer of St. George by Briana Gaitan.
I also read my first dystopian novel this year, The Last One by Alexandra Olivia. I am still yet to venture into the world of fantasy but I do have The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor and have received numerous recommendations to read Harry Porter series.
Free Books (NetGalley)-I discovered NetGalley in July this year and I am still mesmerized by the site. The fact that I can get access to so many ARCs is just unbelievable. NetGalley is like Santa and the gifts just keep coming.
Authors-I still remember my first online interaction with an author. Lola Shoneyin was the first author that I ever chatted with concerning her book, The Secret Life of Baba Segi. Other authors include Maria Padia(Wrecked), the amazing Robert Bryndza(Erika Foster series) and Mary-Jane Riley(After She fell). It still feels surreal.
Memes and Weekly features-My favorite weekly features are Top Ten Tuesday, WWW Wednesday, Diversity Spotlight Thursday and Friday Finds. These features have helped me discovered new blogs. I enjoy reading everyone’s posts and participating in the discussion. Features also help me keep the blog active in between reviews. I usually read about 2 to 3 books a week although there are weeks where I read 1 book. Without features, I would end up with a post or 2 per week.
Recommending Books-As I have mentioned, I have found so many wonderful books based on recommendations from book bloggers. I also like the fact that I get to recommend my favorite books to others. I have done a number of posts on African Literature and diversity books posts featuring African authors or books set in Africa. Some of the popular ones include; From Africa with Love and Top Ten Books to read if your book club likes African Literature. It is always great to find out that another reader enjoyed a book that I recommended.
Making new friends-I never expected to make online friends when I started blogging. However, this has been the best part of book blogging. I have met so many great people from all over the world. This has definitely been a wonderful experience. So I know I reader from Spain, France, USA, Nigeria, South Africa, India. This is just awesome!
Okay so those are 8 reasons as to why I am thankful for the book blogging community. What do you like about book blogging or blogging in general? What are you thankful for this Tuesday? Feel free to leave me your links on the comment sections. Happy Tuesday!