I'm taking part in the 15 Day Book Blogger Challenge, hosted by Good Books and Good Wine! This is a great way to get to know a bit more about the bloggers behind these book blogs!
Why Do You Blog About Books?
I have always been the reader in my group of friends. Since the first day of kindergarten, people have known me to have a book on me at all times. I love to read and I have since I was little... When I would get in trouble when I was little, it was basically because I was up reading at 2am and my punishment would be that my mum took away my book for the day. Not kidding, that happened a few times, actually. Reading has been an enormous part of my life since before I could remember. I loved being told stories and reading with my mum or dad... Again, when I was little, I loved bubble baths because my dad would bring out my favourite story book and read me a story while I played with my rubber ducks so that I didn't get bored. Reading has helped me bond with my parents in a lot of ways and I love that. Stories are what keeps me going when things get tough and I get scared or hurt. Reading is as much a part of my life as eating or sleeping is. And on January 14th, 2012, I decided I wanted to share my love for books and their authors with the internet.
I love talking about books, quite obviously. Books are one of the things that I am most passionate about and I become so immersed into a story with its characters and the plot and everything else about it. After I finish a book, there are many times where I feel so overwhelmed by what I just read and I just have to talk about it. But sadly, not everyone else around me is as passionate about books as I am and they get annoyed pretty fast if I babble on and on about what I thought of this couple and what changes I thought could have been made and what I think of the cover, etc. Not everyone in real life wants to hear about what you want to talk about. It's just something you have to deal with and accept. But here on the internet, it's this huge, incredible space, filled with different communities all linking together and separating and looping around. There are people on the internet who are interested in everything and I'm sure if you look hard enough, you will find someone who shares your same passion.
Last January when I started my blog, I didn't really know about the vast book blogging community. I had experience with the beauty blogs and beauty YouTube videos and also comedy/skits channels on YouTube, but I'd never really seen a lot on books, until Elle Fowler (allthatglitters21) started doing Glitteratures, (book reviews on her YouTube channel). It got me thinking about book reviews and blogging and vlogging and I decided to start A Little Shelf of Heaven.
I blog because it gives me an outlet to blog about one of my greatest passions and to practice another great passion of mine, writing. I blog because I can communicate and interact with other people who share my same interests and make friends all over the world. I blog because it is a place where I can speak freely with no one openly judging me (that I can see) and it is a place where I can discuss things that I might not out loud. I blog about books because books keep me fueled like gas fuels the car. I blog about books because I cannot help but smile whenever I enter a bookstore and I want to share the feeling of a love of books. I blog about books because I want other people to learn and experience more types of literature than just the ones they have to read for school. I blog about books because I grew up as the nerd in school and I am proud of it and I want to have a place where I can let that out and let my nerdiness thrive. I blog about books because I love words and the language and I love to see how authors can create amazing stories that make us laugh and cry and make us angry and frustrated and elated.
I blog about books for the love of books.
Literature is something I wish everyone could be interested in, but of course, then the world would be dull. But it is one of the best feelings in the world when someone you lent a book to texts you in Capslock, saying how much they loved the book and are looking for new recommendations. A Little Shelf of Heaven is a place where I can talk about the books I read and anyone in the world can see what I've written and what I thought about this book. It is a place of peace for me and makes me prouder than anything else in the world.
If you're a book blogger, why do you blog about books? If not, do you want to be? Or is there something holding you back?