Kinx's Book Nook: Why I Love to Read: Book Blogs

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Why I Love to Read: Book Blogs

Why I love to Read

Book Blogs

When I began my blog in May 2012, I had no idea what I was doing. I didn't know what a weekly meme, blog hops or blog tours were. All I wanted to do was write about the books I was reading. At that time I was completely immersed in supernatural fiction. I wasn't venturing beyond that genre.

Once I started posting regularly, I discovered that there is this amazing book blog community. I had no idea how many people had blogs that talk about how much they to read. What’s even better is that these blogs cover every genre imaginable. I have found so many new books and authors by visiting all of these amazing sites. Each blogger has his/her own favorite books and authors. I've read so many great reviews about books that I thought I would never try.

I remember when I started I had to Google the definition of a blog tour. I had no idea what it was. Now I participate in several. I love that blog tours introduce readers to new authors and releases. I, also, love giveaways that are included in the tours; not to mention all the wonderful author interviews and guest posts. You are exposed to so many different aspects of a book during a tour. It just makes you want to read that book even more.

I have yet to come across the nastiness of book blogging. I haven’t had any mean confrontations with other bloggers or authors. No jealousies either! For that, I’m very grateful. What I have experienced is a remarkable community who want to share new releases, covers, authors or whatever else he/her discovers in the book world. It makes me want to read more and more. With every new book recommendation, my TBR list is turning into Mount Everest. I will never be without something to read next.

Finding new authors is another pleasure of starting my own blog. Some people don’t like when they receive a cold email from an author wanting you to read and review their book. Actually, I enjoy it; but I don’t receive many. Maybe if I received tons I might get a little jaded. That being said, the authors that have sent me their books have been really good and the authors have been really kind when I didn't like their book.

So far, I've had a very positive experience with my book blog. I’m reading more than I ever have before. I’m reading new genres (graphic novels) and going back to my favorite genre (historical fiction). I've found some amazing blogs and met some great people.

In case you’re curious, here are some of my favorite book blogs: ·         Passages to the Past
·         The Relentless Reader
·         Oklahoma Women Bloggers
·         Indie Jane
·         Workaday Reads
·         Book Journey
·         (un)Conventional Bookviews
·         Peace Love Books
·         Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer
·         Booklover Book Reviews
·         I Am a Reader, Not a Writer
·         Historical Tapestry
·         Austenprose
·         Austenesque Reviews
·         English Historical Fiction Authors
·         Austen Authors
·         My Jane Austen Book Club


  1. I'm a big fan of book bloggers too. You listed some of my faves, and I'm off to check out the ones I didn't know abut before.

  2. Thanks for sharing, Kendal! Book blogging is very fulfilling for me as well. :)

  3. Isn't book blogging the best? I love this community! I haven't run into any of the drama either. I hear of it but I've never been a part of it..whew! ;) Thanks so much for putting my blog on your list of favorites!! You're a peach! I don't know all of the blogs you listed so I'm going to check them out. New blogs..uh can be kind of an obsession.

  4. I agree on all points, Kendal! I love how many more books I've added to my TBR, and also the fact that I have started reading in genres I hadn't even thought existed before.

    I also have to admit I almost got a little teary-eyed to see my blog named as one of your favorites! Thank you so much!

    I think the sense of community in the blogisphere is amazing, everybody I have come across is helpful and nice, and it's really sharing on a whole new level, across borders, and across genres.

    I think it's such a great thing that you've added a blog post about this - it makes the community even nicer in my eyes.

    I hope you're having a wonderful weekend :)


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