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25 Thoughts I’ve Had In My Time As a Book Blogger

Book bloggers… We’re a funny bunch aren’t we? Since I started book blogging, back in March 2013 I’ve experienced so many things I would have otherwise been oblivious to. Book blogging is a whole different world and I didn’t quite realise how much there was to it until I was in it.

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From review copies to publishers to authors and other bloggers alike, there’s so much to learn and experience and if you asked me what ARC stands for or what a book tour was 4 years ago, I would have looked at you completely dumbfounded. So, I’ve compiled a list of thoughts I’ve had during my time as a book blogger so far.

1. Ooh, this will be fun! A new hobby!
2. Oh my God, this is such hard work
3. How do other book bloggers read so many damn books?!
4. I am so rubbish
5. Boo… No book post today
6. Yayyyyy book post! Postman, you are my favourite person in the entire world
7. Oh no, I feel really bad because I don’t like this ARC. I hope the publishers don’t hate me
8. Just be honest. Okay, what’s a kinder way of saying, ‘steaming pile of…’
9. If I ever write a book, I hope people don’t say mean things about it
10. Hey! I’m going to write a book!
11. Damn, I really want that review copy
12. Oh my God, literally everyone in the entire world has that review copy but me
13. It’s half past 12 at night and I’m still writing this review… Why aren’t I getting paid for this?
14. Are my reviews good enough?
15. Was that really Cecelia Ahern that favourite my tweet or a fan account?
16. OH MY GOD IT REALLY WAS CECELIA AHERN. ONE OF MY FAVOURITE AUTHORS KNOW I EXIST.
17. I am literally drowning in all the books I have to read
18. Oh look, a review request, that’s nice, someone actually wants me to review their book!
19. Oh look, 5629492927 more review requests. I can’t cope with this.
20. Ooooh, NetGalley, what’s this then?
21. Oh my fucking god this website is literally taking over my life
22. Damn it, I’ve run out of book storage space
23. I am so jealous of this person’s blog I might cry…
24. THERE ARE SO MANY OTHER BOOK BLOGGERS IN THE WORLD, WHERE HAVE YOU ALL BEEN HIDING?
25. Book blogging is the best decision I’ve ever made

Book bloggers (or any blogger, really!) this one’s for you. For the time, effort and hard work you put into your blogs on a daily basis.

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Jenny in Neverland

Twenty-something lifestyle blogger from Essex. Book lover, Slytherin, organisational wizard and enjoys Motorsport, Disney and Yoga.

86 Comments

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  2. Excellent post and blog. I have just added book reviews onto my blog and love the interaction (and books) that they bring.

    PS found you via Suzie81 and her Summer Blog Party

    1. Thank you very much (: I’ve read so many amazing books I probably wouldn’t have had it not been for book blogging too! Suzie’s summer blog party was fab – so is Sunday Blog Share! She’s pretty awesome (:

  3. Your post really made me smile and although I’ve only been blogging for a few months I found myself agreeing with a lot of things on your list. I was soooooo happy to have an author favourite, retweet and reply to my tweet a couple of weeks ago, so happy in fact that if that had been my last day on earth I would have died happy!

    1. Hahaha! It’s amazing when they do, isn’t it? I love authors who take the time to interact with their readers (: xx

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  5. This is the first time I’ve been here. Didn’t know you existed. I’m a book blogger and can relate to many of your thoughts. It gave me a good laugh. Happy reading!

    1. Glad to have found another fellow book blogger!!! Glad it made you laugh and you can relate to it! xx

  6. This… is 100% accurate. (Also: authors replying to our tweets is pretty much the loveliest feeling known to humankind. THEY KNOW WE EXIST AND IT IS WONDERFUL.) The blogging life most certainly has its highs & lows, but in the end, I wouldn’t trade it in for anything else in the world. <3

    1. It is just the best thing ever isn’t it! I love authors who take the time to connect and interact with their readers, even when it is a simple retweet! I completely agree, I’m sure we all have our good and bad blogging days but in the end, it’s all worth it (: thank you for your lovely comment xxx

  7. Lol! I was nodding and smiling through the whole list! It’s perfect.

    1. Haha I’m so glad! (; xx

  8. Hahaha I think this may be THE BEST blog post I’ve ever read. It is SO TRUE. Totally had the exact same Cecelia Ahern moment too haha. Always good to know we all think the same things!! I actually love you xxxxxxx

    1. Hahahah thank you so much lovely! This comment made me smile LOADS! Cecelia Ahern is just wonderful isn’t she?! LOVE her books so much <3 Think this is what makes us book bloggers so close… Hehe! xxxxxxxxx

      1. Absolutely! I isn’t she just, I love them all. I swear to God that post was just so spot on haha it made me laugh out loud xxxxxxxx

  9. Ha ha! I love the way you’ve got the some of the same things as highs and lows.
    The Cecelia Ahern thing was very cool. Margaret Attwood once retweeted something that linked to my blog and I nearly expired with happiness. (It hasn’t happened again).

    1. Hahahaha! I know that feeling! It’s amazing isn’t it? I still remember the first time an author replied to one of my tweets! xx

  10. What a great post and spot on!

    1. Thank you very much! 🙂 xx

  11. Yes! When authors I love find my post especially without me tweeting it at them, I am shocked and honored. And then sometimes at signings they remember my review and I get speechless from fangirl overload 😀

    1. Wow! I bet that’s an incredible feeling, getting recognised by an author because of your review!

  12. Inge says:

    Haha, yes, this is exactly what book blogging is like! Only except for Cecelia Ahern favouriting a tweet (which is MASSIVE, by the way, I love her!) I had Sophie Kinsella reply to a tweet of mine, which also resulted in major fangirling!

    Also, thank you for reminding me I need to get Kirsty Greenwood’s newest book. Loved Yours Truly!

    1. Cecelia Ahern is just fabulous isn’t she? Oooh Sophie Kinsella, that’s a big one! I had Paige Toon follow me on Twitter yesterday too, eeek! I still need to read Kirsty’s book too! Definitely soon (: xx

  13. Hahaha I’m so glad it made you laugh, Angelica! I think everyone gets blogger envy and I know, HOW do people read so many books? I’m actually a shockingly bad reader – I’m not a slow reader but I don’t read for long enough to get through books quickly. It took me over a MONTH to read a Harry Potter! xx

  14. Aww I’m so glad you enjoy book blogging so much and it’s made you happy! That’s the whole point 😀 You’re definitely feeling exactly how I felt when I first started! It’s a lot of hard work but as long as you enjoy it, that’s all that matters 🙂 xx

  15. I need to find a balance. I want to share my opinions on the books I read, but the blog felt like a job. It made me want to read less. Any suggestions?

    1. Ooh really? That’s a shame 🙁 Well, I suppose blogging isn’t for everyone but you’ve just got to enjoy it and consider it a hobby. Which is what is it, for most people. Have it your way; review what you want to review, as often as you want to and post about topics you WANT to post about – don’t follow the crowd and only post something because everyone else is. Get creative and do it your way – that’s the only advice I can really think of! xx

  16. Nice post – I completely identify with all of these! 🙂

    1. Thank you! 😀 xx

  17. Brilliant Jenny, I was giggling in agreement at every one of these thoughts! Fantastic!

    1. Thank you so much, Linda! 🙂 xx

  18. Totally feeling all of these especially 21 but I wouldn’t want it any other way! Brill post!

    1. Hahahahah NetGalley is both a blessing and a curse…. I only started using it this year and was doing quite well but I lost myself the other day when I requested like thirteen thousand books! Thank you! xx

  19. Have you been inside my brain Jenny? Brilliant post! Love it! Xx

    1. Hehehehe maybe…. 😉 Thank you! 🙂 xx

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