Whenever we decide to do something, it’s not only we who decide so, it’s things and people around us. Even if we don’t realize it at first, looking back on certain decisions can make you see how other factors influenced you. It might be in a big way, it might be in a very tiny one. Fact remains that we’re so very, very impressionable. And.. that’s what I want to talk about in today’s Top Ten Tuesday-post!
This week’s topic is “Ten signs you’re a book lover”, but I thought it’d be more fun to talk about.. “The things I did because of book blogs and bookstagram accounts”.
The biggest change – and the one that’s most noticeable – is the amount of books I started buying. I barely had twenty English books when I discovered this crazy world of book blogs. Now? I own three cases with read books and three cases with unread ones. It’s absolutely bonkers. Do I regret it? Nope. Should I fix it? Definitely a big yes. I’m trying though! It’s a neverending battle between reading ARC’s and my own books, but I’ll make it work! I promise!
The main reason for buying all those books was seeing reviews on book blogs, but also.. the ridiculously gorgeous pictures on Instagram! It even made me want to try and make pretty pictures of books – as you can see here – and even though I love it, I know I’ll never come close to what the “bookstapro’s” do.
Then, one day, I stumbled upon a picture of a book cart and I needed it in my life. It looked amazingly aesthetic and perfect. I needed. I looked. I found. I bought. And now it’s stuffed with my camera, book sleeves and bookish throw blankets. Sorry.
Oh, the most ridiculous thing on this list maybe? This entire community had me craving my own space, my reading nook. So much so that I actually demanded a room entirely dedicated to my books and I got it! What’s even better? The door to it is an actual bookcase too. Yup. I decided that if I wanted to do it, I might as well do it right. The only thing still missing is the coziest reading chair ever, but I’m saving up for that bad boy!
Oh, let’s talk bookish merch for a bit. I currently own so many mugs I don’t even know when to use them all! Admittedly, they came in handy at Jamie’s birthday party since I could give everyone a different mug to avoid “mug-confusion” when people left them at random places, but still! I have so many. And a lot of them are on my shelves as decoration too. I don’t even drink tea. I do drink coffee but not that often. Why do I even have all these mugs?!
Candles. That’s another good one. I have about forty or fifty bookish candles stacked in one of my drawers. I like the sight of them, the smell of them, the everything of them and I keep buying more even though I can’t burn them in time. I just won’t stop though.
But that isn’t necessarily a bad thing since the bookish community also thought me the importance of supporting small businesses. And I buy all my bookish merch from those. Mugs, bookmarks, candles – you name it. Maybe I should do a post where I share my favorite ones? And my favorite bookstapro’s?
Let’s get back to the book buying-thing. Something I never, ever did before emersing myself in this community was buying multiple copies of the same book. Now? I do! Not only because I’m a sucker for amazing covers, but also because I learned how important it is to support authors by buying their books if you’re able to. And I was able to for a while there, before having Jamie. So.. Yes, I own multiple copies of The Cruel Prince, Darkdawn, Sorcery of Thorns and several other books. No regrets.
But that’s not the only way I try supporting authors. I also really, really want to attend more conventions. Unfortunately I have to go abroad to do that – as in go to England since that’s closest and most doable – and it’s not always possible due to the cost. I do try. And I try sharing books by authors attending. I also try not being an awkward ball of stress when meeting them. [Keyword being try since I mostly become an anxious mess and it sucks.]
The biggest, most important thing that this entire community made me do? Of course I kept that one for last! But it’s the best one because it’s you. It’s being a part of something bigger. It’s having found my own little space where I can share and shout about the books I love and hate and feel meh about. It’s seeing others like me doing the same thing. It’s seeing myself grow over the years and my blog with it. It’s seeing your blogs grow, your progress in life. It’s basically everything the bookish community is and I’m so, so freaking grateful I found it. I’m sure I wouldn’t be the person I am today without every single one of you.
What are things that changed when you became part of the bookish community?
Which authors have you met so far? If none, who would you love to meet?
What’s a book you own multiple copies of? [Harry Potter doesn’t count this time!]
Feel free to leave a link to your TTT so I can check it out!