One way that I deal with my anxiety and feelings of being overwhelmed, is list making. If you take a look around my blog, you will see that a lot of my posts are already in list format such as (2019 Goals, Best Books of 2018, and Bookish Gift Guide). Fortunately, I stumbled upon Shealea’s blog That Bookshelf Bitch. Shealea is the host/creator of this project and I knew I had to join as soon as I saw it. Check out her announcement post here. her post also has some great information about some blogging myths that I enjoyed reading.
The premises of this project is to create a list everyday from Dec.18th-Dec.31st. I am jumping right in with my first list today (like I said, just in time). Here We Go! List #1
I Needed a Break from Booktube
I dived into the online book community head first. I watched 4 Booktube videos and decided that I wanted to create a channel right then and there. So I did! For 3 months I had fun filming and recording videos. I learned to edit my videos and was enjoying my new hobby. But I was finding it harder and to find the motivation to do it all once I went back to work after summer break (I am in the education system). In the future, I may do an offshoot post detailing out reasons why I left Booktube. But long story short: TIME
I Like to Write
As with my reading hobby, once I had kids, I stopped writing. When I was in junior high and high school, I loved to write creatively. I haven’t done creating writing in so long, that I don’t know where to begin to get back into it. But I still love to write and have been wanting to get back into it for some time. I figured a book blog would be perfect because I love talking about books!
I Love Reading Book Blogs
When I entered the online book community, I was enamored by Booktube videos. But it turns out that I prefer reading book blogs. I can still get to know a person through their writing. I also love seeing how people layout their blogs and the personal touches they add!
An Opportunity To Be Creative
Obviously there is a creative eye needed for Booktube. But for me, that creative touch is a bit out of my scope. I don’t know how to edit very well, I don’t own a nice camera, I can’t afford fancy editing software. There was so much I wanted to do with my booktube channel, but I felt limited in multiple ways.
With book blogging, I can learn how to make blog art. I can learn how to set up a layout or theme that works for me. It is easy to find and purchase themes that fit your personality and needs.
Meeting New People
The online book community is wonderful. You can find me mostly on Twitter in which I have met some incredible people. I love interacting with everyone and talking about books. So far, I have found the book blogging community just as warm and friendly. Of course there are bad eggs everywhere but I haven’t experienced that yet. Everyone seems to be very supportive of each other and kind.
Discovering New Genres
Prior to 2018, I read mostly adult contemporary and some thriller. Then I read my first YA fantasy and became intrigued. I also started reading more romance and erotica and I don’t hate it. My taste in books are ever evolving and I am enjoying all the different genres I have been discovering.
My preferences are wide and do not lack variety. I created this blog to organize my thoughts on all the new books I am discovering and to maybe inspire other people to pick up a new genre too!
I Love Books
This last one is pretty obvious but I really do mean it. I read 4 books in 2017. In 2018, I have read about 60 (and still counting). Reading is a long last friend that has returned to me and all I want to do is talk about the books. So here I am! Do you like books as much as I do? Let’s be friends!