top ten tuesday: reading/blogging made easy

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, a fun way to get yourself thinking and sharing about books and bookish things.

August 20: Top ten things that make your life as a reader/book blogger easier

This is a fun one. In no particular order:

1. Goodreads
I love keeping digital lists of books I want to read, and my reading stats, and finding new recommendations through friends and people I follow on there.

2. My purse
Big enough to fit a book in!

3. My iPad
Same deal as my purse (sort of). While in general I’m not totally into reading on an ereader, I do like not having to haul around paper books on a trip.

4. Kansas City Public Library
One of the first things I did when I moved to KC in 2001 was get a library card, even though I was a student at the university and used that library. Who doesn’t love a library?? Books, movies, audio, internet, events… and I’m really glad I discovered its book groups.

5. Rainy Day Books
The author events Rainy Day Books hosts are always awesome. In just the last 12 months alone I’ve seen David Sedaris, Michael Pollan, The Oatmeal, Jim Gaffigan… and ordered autographed books from events (couldn’t make it to these) of Cheryl Strayed, Jojo Moyes, and Susan Cain. Seeing Susannah Cahalan next!

6. Audiobooks
I was hesitant for a long time about getting into audiobooks, and I still have a little trouble listening in my everyday lifestyle… but I’m so glad I finally really discovered audiobooks and decided to include them anytime I have a long road trip.

7. Readalongs and readathons
Another recent discovery, I joined my first readalong this summer with the DomeAlong. Not only did it get me to pick up a book I may never have picked up on my own, but introduced me to a bunch of other great blogs. I also really enjoyed the Bout of Books readathons in which I participated this last year.

8. Giveaways
I’ve entered TONS of giveaways and feel like I’ve had relatively decent luck, winning a nice handful from Goodreads and book blogs. I like giveaways because it’s a way to try out a book you might not have otherwise noticed, and what’s the harm in entering? Nothing to lose. (More than half the time I enter and forget, too, so it’s an extra good “surprise!” feeling whenever I win!)

9. Readers, friends, and family
It’s always great to hear a friend or family member say “Oh yeah, I saw on your blog that you are reading that!” or nice comments from readers/other bloggers. Sure does make continuing to blog more fun and worth it!

10. My husband
Nick lovingly teases me whenever I get more books, but he likes that I love to read 🙂

What makes your reading/blogging life easier?

13 thoughts on “top ten tuesday: reading/blogging made easy

  1. Great list! For me, it’s my Kindle. I love being able to carry around tons of books, and I can’t live without the word search and highlight features. I’m the type of person who needs to triple check all quotes in a post, and it’s much easier to do that with an e-reader.

  2. The best thing about having the kindle is that I don’t have to think about book size when I’m planning what to read on my commute and I no longer have to have a bag that can fit a reasonable paperback in it.

  3. One of these day I’m going to participate in a readathon, I don’t know how I’ll fit it in, but I want to. Libraries are on my list too, I love mine (both my public branch and the one I work in). My husband teases me for the size of the purse I carry, but it has to be able to hold books!

    • I was sad to miss Bout of Books this week (out of town part of it and this is one of the busier times at work for me)! But that’s a great readathon to start with—you set your own goals so it’s very low-key, low-pressure and the twitter chats are a lot of fun!

    • Oh yeah, I didn’t think of that! That’s a great idea though. I just kind of post when I can… but definitely participating in the weekly memes as much as possible (It’s Monday, What are You Reading?, Top Ten Tuesday, etc.) really helps me keep in a regular posting habit.

  4. I love Goodreads! I love the many options, the recommendations, the advanced readers copies, and so much else. What’s better than a website all about books (okay, well, a book is)? 🙂

    • Absolutely! I’ve won only a few ARCs from Goodreads, but it’s always a treat to have a new (free!) book in the mail 🙂 I really like the tracking and stats—seeing how many pages you’ve read so far this year, trying to break last year’s pages read record!

  5. 1. My Kindle app on my phone. I bring my phone everywhere so it’s very easy to whip it out and read a few pages whenever I have a few moments of downtime.

    2. Lots of second hand stores and yard sales where I live…great way of stocking up on books for cheap.

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