Here we are again, though I am not sure how a year has passed. I managed to erase the whole into paragraph from last year and am clearly rewriting it, though I am keeping the Blake Sibling GIF at the bottom, because I still miss them.
Let’s talk about 9 More Random Things I learned from Book Blogging*:
*Because I could not possibly be arsed to come up with anything new, come on now. I did add some GIFs from The 100, because of course I did.
- I have become one of those people who uses books as decoration. I mean, not on purpose, mind you! But I buy books (far fewer than I used to, but still, more than I read), then I pretty much exclusively read review books, leaving about 95% of all purchased books to linger on my bookshelves for literal decades. It’s fine. (Narrator: her bank account disagreed.)
- You become entry-level techy. Like, super entry level, but you will never be Linda From Your Office™ who can’t figure out how to send an email without “reply-all”ing.
- Publishing is messy and slow and often unfair. Look, most bookish folks pay at least some attention to the ins and outs of publishing. Many of us know some bloggers who have actually achieved the dream and become published authors. So we all know that the time it takes a book to go from concept to publication is… well, it’s a lot. You can birth several human babies in the time it takes one lucky book baby to be born. And that would all be fine, but then you see some crappy white guy getting seven figures for some racist old white guy book, or some TikTok “star” gets to publish pure nonsense, while your underrated fave is hoping beyond hope for the sequel they poured their soul into to get picked up. /EndRant.
- After nearly a decade, I have gone from bananas invested to running out of fucks to give. Marie posted this awesome post about blogging engagement, and it got me thinking about my own evolution. When I started, I was too scared to like, try. (Also, I had a whole human child the literal day after I started this blog, so that is kind of a pass, right?) Eventually, I started to kind of get into the community, yay! But… then I became too invested. And I lived and breathed stats and comments and and and. Then life imploded and got so busy and I was kind of forced to calm down. So I did. And now I am like… look, I care about my fellow bloggers, and the relationships I have built. I care when I request a book so I review it. Other than that… seriously guys the fucks ran out so long ago for worrying about stats and such.
- Time flies when you’re getting nothing done. This probably applies to more than just blogging, but damn, I think I have so much time when say, the Discussion Challenge starts. I start the year full of hopes and dreams and goals and then I blink and BAM it’s October and I’ve not written a single discussion. Or you look longingly at that review book for next July and then holy crap the review is due next week. It’s terrifying, frankly.
- I don’t know what to type here. Or anywhere. You ever just feel like you have said… well, everything? Like how many the heck ways can I describe a book at this point, yeah? How many random/weird/new “facts” can I come up with? Guess we’ll find out.
- Newer books always seem shinier. Sorry, I don’t make the rules. If you told me that some book I don’t even know that is coming out in 2025 is available for me to read right now, or that book I bought a special edition of and have been dying to read last year… I won’t lie, I’mma grab the book from the future, every time. Idk why, just is.
- People now know me as “that person” who knows about all the books. And The 100, because obviously, but still. I love being a person others turn to for a book rec. Kind of makes my day.
- I kind of don’t trust anyone who doesn’t read? Maybe that is snobby of me. But I don’t care if they read one book a decade, as long as they are like, open to and appreciate the concept of books. People who say “ew reading” are pretty much dead to me.
Can we all make it through another year, meet back here for a -holy crap- 10th year at It Starts at Midnight? Great!
Guys I miss them so much.
I will do a stubby giveaway for a Book Depository (or Amazon or BookShop or whatever for my US friends) book! Under $17 I must say, for I am poor, but that should get you just about any ebook or paperback and quite a few HCs! Ends 11/15 at 11:59EST