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Feb 18 2014

Top 10 Tuesday: Reasons I Love Being a Reader and Blogger!

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 Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.

Hello lovelies! Today we are talking about…

Top 10 Reasons I Love Being a Reader and Blogger

Reader Vertical1. Reading is an escape. My life is pretty average, and while I’m thankful for the blessings, I get bored. Books are there to make life more interesting. To quote “You’ve Got Mail”:

“Sometimes I wonder about my life. I lead a small life – well, valuable, but small – and sometimes I wonder, do I do it because I like it, or because I haven’t been brave? So much of what I see reminds me of something I read in a book, when shouldn’t it be the other way around? I don’t really want an answer. I just want to send this cosmic question out into the void. So good night, dear void.”

2. It helps me learn new words. Words are fun, y’all. Words like “obsequious” are real and I like to know them. I don’t use a lot of fancy vocabulary IRL because I don’t want people to think I’m being pretentious, except when I’m with equally nerdy friends. :)

3. Habit. This is kind of a lame one, but I read because it’s been part of my life for so long that not reading is just ludicrous. What does one DO with oneself when one does not spend at least an hour or two every night reading?

4. To live vicariously through the characters. It is unlikely that I will ever discover that my family is descended from royalty, or that I possess magic that can save a kingdom, or that I can control the elements. Through stories, I can do all of that plus have a cute love interest and/or awesome travel companion.

5. To expand my horizons. I’ve learned as much about life and relationships from the pages of my books as anywhere else, and it’s taught me to open my mind, think about how other people see the world, and try to imagine myself in their place. I’ve read about people from different countries, different creeds, different walks of life, or simply different personalities that shape the way they view the world.

Blogger Vertical6. It helps me remember what I’ve read. I tend to need to write down or summarize in order to remember. Scatter-brained would be an egregious understatement for how quickly I forget everything!

7. It helps me think critically about what I’ve read. There’s a difference between reading a book because you like to read and the way you read once you start analyzing and picking apart books as a blogger. Sometimes I miss that simpler time when I read 50 books a year, and most of my reading was rereads, because my metric was much simpler. Now, there are themes and originality and message and everything else to consider, but I love that stuff.

8. It’s helped me realize something: I love the criticism process. When I read a book that could be better, a lot of my notes tend to be “repetitive wording” or “move this to so and so chapter” … the type of things you’d do as an editor or copyeditor (I assume…). I’m not looking for a career change or anything, but I’d love to be a beta reader for someone someday.

9. Getting out of my comfort zone. I wasn’t comfortable with HTML or web hosting or anything until going to self-hosted, and while the term “comfortable” still doesn’t describe me, at least those things aren’t terrifying anymore. I know enough to be dangerous, and I’m trying to learn more.

10. Last but certainly not least, and this is so expected and probably on literally everyone else’s TTT but if we’re all cliche together then at least no one can laugh:

BECAUSE OF YOU LOVELY COMMUNITY MEMBERS!

Blogging wasn’t nearly as fun before I got involved and started getting to know other readers. Squeeing with someone over a new book or how a story BROKE YOUR FEELS is a special bond that only rapid readers can really appreciate.

Group_hug!

What were your favorite things for today’s Top 10 Tuesday?

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  1. Kelsey

    Haha, you’ve definitely got to love the usage of big words! Sadly, I *do* have tendencies to use them in public. . . Which just gets me stared at. Or people decide I’m a walking dictionary and ask me for the meanings of words I’ve never heard of. . .

    And I have to say I agree with most of these. Except I’m a ditz when it comes to stuff like HTML still. I haven’t yet moved to self hosted, though. A bit scared to, but I’ll get to it eventually.
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    1. Terri

      Don’t be scared! I was nervous at first but it’s really fun learning how to do things for myself. It lends a greater sense of ownership and pride, which I wasn’t expecting. Plus with wordpress the transition is way easier.

      I sound like an infomercial now, LOL!

  2. Stormy

    I wonder about #3 as well! Not reading? Ridiculous.
    #8 is helpful! You would be a good beta reader!
    I know the community aspect is kinda expected and everyone has it, but I still like seeing it on everyone’s list! It really does feel like. . . “GROUP HUG”(I like hugs so much more online than in person).
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    1. Terri

      I would be so awesome at it but also the author would probably hate me after a while!

      We need more group hugs. Some weeks it just seems like the drama never ends, even when you’re not in it. Yesterday it was the another John Green Twitter rant, today it was a badly behaving author. We’re manic as a community and sometimes it’s exhausting just to spectate!

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