Book Blogging Challenge Day 9: Why book blog?


I discovered April’s 15 Day Book Blogger Challenge at Good Books and Good Wine. Each day has a different prompt, though anyone can jump in at any time. It’s a great way to get to know each other as well as explore different topics that I might not have touched on. The 15 different challenges are:

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge | Good Books And Good Wine

Today’s Challenge: Why do you blog about books?

So maybe my answer is being influenced because what I’m watching while writing this (The Geek and Sundry Vlogs’ Vlogger Hangout #2 on YouTube), but  I blog about books because it is what I’m passionate about.

I say passionate both with the light and heavy meaning. I love to learn about things and get involved with things whether they are clubs, crafts, people, or books. In some ways, I am a very passionate person when it comes to my hobbies and subjects that I find myself devoting some time too. At the same time, books have always been a defining part of my life. I was that kid hiding a book underneath my desk that was levels above what the class was reading out loud. Of course I’d get in a little bit of trouble, but the point is, I have always had words in my life.

In the plethora of social media out there, in the different blurbs you always have to write to describe yourself, I have used ‘pursuing dreams of words & nerdiness’ in almost all of them. I am both a writer and a reader, I am a communicator. Words are one of the tools of human connection.

So I blog to share my passion, to have an outlet for it, and also inspire myself to pursue it in an active way. Because it’s hard to pursue when it’s planned for tomorrow instead of today.

What do you think?

  • I used to get in trouble for having books at dinner, for sneaking books into church, and for reading in the car at night using only the headlights from the car behind us. When I worked at the prison, I used to smuggle in books with my lunchbox so that I’d have something good to read during the downtime.

    I wish that I discovered book blogs way before, because it has totally focused me on what is a good book and what is an okay book. Before, I wasn’t really sure why I liked what I did and picking out my next book was like picking a card out of a deck. I had no idea what good books and authors where out there.

    • Playing Jokers says:

      I totally get that. I think for me the catalyst was Goodreads. Once I actually started reviewing books beyond just the ‘I liked that’ and ‘I didn’t like that’ I was able to really discover myself as a reader and make better educated guesses as to what I should read next. Adding the blog is like opening my eyes to the wider world of readers more than ever.

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