Top Ten Tuesday (35)

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It’s Top 10 Tuesday (hosted at The Broke and the Bookish) and the topic is:

Top Ten Reasons I Love Being A Blogger/Reader

I was born to read.  Some of my earliest memories are reading books and making up my own stories.  One of my favorite childhood photos is a picture of me sitting outside, roller skates cast off, sitting in a fold out chair reading not one, but two books. I was the kid who would get books taken away as punishment and who perfected reading under the covers (and in the closet!) without getting caught.  Now that I’m an adult, I don’t have to hide, but if you see bags under my eyes, you know why.

When I started this adventure last April, I had NO idea where it would take me.  I could not of predicted the fun and enjoyment it would bring, along with the opportunities.  Adding Loren to the team in January just made the whole thing 100x better, because now I get to do all of it with my bbf (yes, that is best friends forever as spelled by my five year old. It was cute and kind of stuck).

So, here are our reasons we love being bloggers and readers!

Top Ten Reasons We Love Being Bloggers (And Readers!)



I get to read all of these amazing books and give you (the reader) a very fun and light review of what I thought about said book. In relation to the reviews, I get to read what all you lovely readers think about what I have to say…and nine times out of ten, y’all put a big Texas smile on this girls face—so thank you for that!

(P.S. this is not me, haha)


It is the best therapy that money can buy…and they smell good, too.


Being a reader—and an avid reader at that—I get to live a thousand lives and consequently have my heart broken a thousand times, but it is the BEST feeling in the world. No one  is more experienced than a reader (and anyone who says differently can come talk to me, haha).


As a reader, we form amazing Fandoms and form amazing relationships with people we’ve never met. Who says that you can’t know someone just by their reading list? Non-believers and non-readers, that‘s who. They don’t truly understand that power of a Fandom, they just don’t *cue evil laugh*


But the best thing about being a reader/blogger is that not only do I get to form all of these great book relationships with other readers, it is knowing that I’m not alone in this world. There are a million “Loren’s” out there gushing over the latest book, talking to their friends about said book..and you know what? It’ the greatest feeling ever just knowing that books CAN bring people together and closer is the best feeling in the world.


First of all, ditto to everything Loren said!


I get to network with authors and other people in the book world.  When an author retweets my posts, I fangirl a little bit.  You guys know what I am talking about! This is equivalent to a comic book nerd meeting Stan Lee.  I also have gotten to meet some amazing authors and that is something I would have never done before blogging.

Insert Me on that ‘A’


I get to read books before they come out.  I mean, for someone who devours books like I do, I get quite impatient.  So getting to read an advanced copy is like a book girl’s heaven come true.  Although I usually am then having to wait even longer for the next book to come out, so it doesn’t always work out so great.



I’ve actually met some great friends through the blogging community.  Book bloggers are the best and just kind of get my weird.  Non-bookie’s just don’t get it.  I made some great friends this year in Creative Writing and we are now attempting to manuever through 2014’s YA movie adaptations together.  I’m *really* happy I don’t have to see The Fault in Our Stars together.  Loren’s bringing the tissues and we can all ugly cry together.



I get to express my opinion and my creativity.  I learned programming in high school and was the one nerd girl in the Computer Science club.  I’ve always been in graphics/media/communications professionally, so I get to use my work skills to my benefit and create something beautiful.  This blog is something I do because I love it, but it helped me pursue a job where I get paid to do something similar.  And now I get to do what I love all day long!



It has made me a better writer.  It has made me start writing.  Thanks to my blog and my blogger friends and my introduction into the book world, I’ve had the courage to do things I have always wanted to do, like pick up a pen (or type, whatever) out my own stories.  I took that Creative Writing class thanks to this, where as you saw earlier I made some great friends.  So, I mean, I have so much to be thankful for as a blogger.



I’m sorry, I HAD to!  I have to say the best part of this ‘job’ is getting to share lovely books with the world.  Authors and publicists trust me with something they have spent so much time and effort with — and I get the opportunity to not only read it, but to shout from the rooftops about how amazing it is.  Being a part of a grassroots campaign is no trivial thing — I get to be a part of the success.  Plus, I also get to share my addictions so I have people to gush with.  I mean, what’s the fun of having a book boyfriend if you can’t share him with your bbf?



So, that’s it.  Why do you love being a reader (or a blogger!)?

jess and loren

10 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday (35)

    • I like the smell of new books, but old books make me ill. I did a bookish confessions on it one week, because I feel like I am going against my bookish nature on that one.

      And yes – a more critical writer too. Man, I used to be so nice, but now I see flaws and patterns far too easily to enjoy a bad one.

  1. Oh my goodness, how could I have forgotten the fandoms?? It is so unbelievably wonderful to just mention Harry Potter and instantly be able to talk to someone as though I’ve known them for ages!

    And ack!! Author interactions are amazing. Every time I have an author respond to a tweet or leave a comment on my blog, I fall over a little bit. I even had an overseas author mail me a copy of a book that hadn’t been published in the US yet because I was so enthusiastic over her first book! WHAT IS MY LIFE – oh yeah, amazing! 🙂

    Here are my reasons I love reading & blogging, if you’d like to check it out:)

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