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Top Ten Things That Make My Life As A Reader/Book Blogger Easier & Better
There are so many things that make my reading and book blogging life better and more fun. There’s so much out there to make reading and book blogging more fun and more organized, and there really is something for everyone. Here are the things that make blogging more fun!
- Goodreads. I cannot imagine life without Goodreads. I’ve apparently been on goodreads since 2007, but I didn’t start using it regularly until 2011. I think I’d go crazy if I didn’t have goodreads to help me keep track of everything I’ve read, am reading and want to read! Also: we should totally be friends on goodreads! If you want to, of course!
- Netgalley/Edelweiss. I think it’s cool that I can request books before they come out, and I’ve found some really interesting titles through netgalley. I haven’t used Edelweiss, but it is cool that I’ve been able to request some books I’ve been looking forward to reading, and that I’ve found some interesting books I wouldn’t have heard of otherwise.
- My Nook. I mostly stick to e-books these days, and it is a life-saver in so many ways. I read a lot and I have a tendency to read 5 or 6 books at once, so it’s nice to be able to carry everything I’m reading in my purse without falling over. Also: I still live at home, so it’s nice to not have to worry about my books taking over the entire house.
- A calendar. To keep track of when new releases are coming out and for scheduling posts when I’ve finished 3 books in one day and have 3 reviews to write.
- The library. I don’t use the library as much as I should, but I do like that I can download audiobooks and e-books when I’m too lazy to go to the library…which is pretty much all of the time. But still. Libraries are great places.
- Speaking of audiobooks…audible is pretty freaking awesome. I’m not the best at listening to things right away, and I only listen to audiobooks sporadically, but there are some books that I’m glad I listened to! Also, it’s a great way for me to get some “reading” done at work.
- Twitter/Facebook. I totally admit that I’m kind of horrible at keeping up on some of my favorite authors and other bookish things on FB and twitter, but it’s nice to know that there are ways to keep up with what’s going on in the bookish world. And talking to all sorts of people, of course.
- Excel. I have a spreadsheet that is specifically for the series I read, so it’s nice to have a separate thing for which series I’ve finished, have no interest in finishing or the ones that I’m currently working my way through. I start so many series that it’s nice to have something to keep track of all of them.
- Other bloggers! I’ve found some great books through reading other bloggers, and it’s always fun to see what other people are reading. It’s also cool to see how other people review books.
- Podcasts: As for podcasts, I don’t listen to many bookish ones, but the few I do listen are pretty awesome. I love the general bookish news and book recommendations from the Book Riot podcast, the random awesome that is the Dear Bitches, Smart Authors podcast (which is totally focused on the romance genre) and the fun and interesting discussions on the Alohomora and Mugglenet Academia podcasts. I also like The History Chicks, who take on a different woman in history in each episode and the book recommendations they have at the end of each podcast. I also like to listen to podcasts when I’m reading!
- A Musical Bonus: I’m always interested in what authors listen to when they’re writing, and I love it when they share what they’re listening to. I’ve found some great music this way. Like, I love Muse, all because of Stephanie Meyer mentioning she listened to them. And I love that Rachel Caine has a playlist at the end of most of her books. Like podcasts, I also like having music on in the background when I’m reading.