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:
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!
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.
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?