BOOK BLOGS AND BOOKSTAGRAM MADE ME DO IT! ~ Top Ten Tuesday, March 31th

Top Ten Tuesday

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!

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This week’s topic is “Ten signs you’re a book lover”, but I thought it’d be more fun to talk about..Β “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.

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47351318_358567074904795_856787469507493888_nOh, 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.

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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.Β 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.

IMG_0590But 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!

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27 thoughts on “BOOK BLOGS AND BOOKSTAGRAM MADE ME DO IT! ~ Top Ten Tuesday, March 31th

  1. This post had me chuckling (but also gazing at myself in self-awareness). Book blogs are a terrible place to be when you’re on a budget, but they’re so, so good for the book loving soul!

    It does beg the question… Why DOES Kathy have all these mugs? :’)

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    1. Hahah, right? Even when I’m supposed to NOT be buying books, just.. throwing some in a virtual cart already helps a bit? Although that “check-out” button is darn tempting at times..

      Because.. because.. they come in handy at parties when everyone wants coffee and you want to avoid mug-swapping! [best excuse ever as of right now.]

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    2. With all this mandatory stay at home time, I’ve done a lot of that browsing for fun you’re talking about, haha. There’s something so satisfying about adding books to cart even without intention of buying (although actually holding them in your hands is still a lot better).

      That’s precisely why, yup, no other reason! xD

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  2. You should totally do a post sharing your favorite bookish mugs, candles, bookmarks, etc. That sounds great.

    I upgraded my bookcases since I really joined the online book community. I don’t have the cheap ones from a store like Walmart. Instead I have 9 glorious Billy Bookcases from IKEA. It’s wonderful.

    Umm…the list of authors I’ve met is probably pretty long, because I have gone to quite a few book signings, and I’ve also met a bunch of authors at comic conventions and such.

    Let’s see…I own many copies of the Colorworld series by Rachel E Kelly, Wicked Saints by Emily A Duncan, the Shades of Magic trilogy by V.E. Schwab…there’s probably more, but those are the main ones I can think of that are not Harry Potter.

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    1. I actually wrote it down on my planner so that post should be coming some day at least!

      That sounds amazing. The Billy cases are a favorite in the bookish community it seems. I have grey ones from Weba [don’t know if that store’s even familiar outside of Europe but anyway]. They’re wood, but not the quality I want? I’m hoping to one day get built-in cases in my library.

      Haha, maybe.. the most impressive ones?

      I really, REALLY have to read ADSOM. Like, REALLY.

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    2. I got the white Billy’s because they were the cheapest, but I would have rather gotten either the light brown or dark brown. But I do love looking at them, and the white contrasts with the colors of the books quite nicely. We’re working on upgrading the fiance’s bookshelves to Billy’s now. His shelves are bowing a bit already from everything that’s on them.

      Oh I dream of having massive built in cases, with the rail along the top for the ladder to help reach the upper shelves.

      If you want to buddy read ADSOM, I am totally down to reread them with you.

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  3. Love this post!! I agree with so many of these. I definitely started buying so many more books because I want them on my shelf! They are so pretty. haha. I also try to make nice photos for instagram but it doesn’t happen quite often. I would love to have a book room. That chair looks amazing! I did convince my husband that a craft room is a must have in the next house. Although, I hope it’s big enough to do craft on one half and book/reading area in the other!

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    1. Ooh, the instagram-struggle! I’m doing a bit better on that front right now, but I feel so intimitated by the very creative accounts at times and then I lose all motivation, haha. Just can’t help it even though I keep reminding myself not to compare.
      I hope you’ll get that room! I have the room, and the books but not the chair yet. And I really want to have all my cases switched out and make them “built-in” ones so I can use EVERY INCH possible? Idk. The dream, the dream. πŸ˜€

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    2. Oh yeah, I feel the same. Who is going to like my photo when it’s of just my current read, next to plant or in my lap. These other accounts have awesome props. LOL

      Thank you! I hope so too! Yes, I would love to have all my books in one room. They are spread out over 3 rooms right now. I want all the same bookshelves to make it look nice too. I also really want one of those big Egg chairs. Idk if that makes sense. They have an amazing one at Target right now but it’s $500. Although, by the time I’m allowed back in Target, it might be on clearance. lol It’s meant for the patio but I don’t care! πŸ™‚

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    3. Right? And I do have SOME props but it still feels like I’m so not “there” and never will be either, haha!

      The dream! Oooh, I think I know what kind of chair you mean and those look GORGEOUS [and aesthetic tbh, haha]. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for it being on clearance! πŸ˜€

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    4. Hehe.. thank you!! I hope so too, since people aren’t supposed to be shopping right now, I have a good chance!! hahaha! πŸ˜› πŸ™‚

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  4. Excellent post? You are so right about having so many books! I have paper books, e books and audio books.
    I also get the book themed candled and have a cup of Second Breakfast Tea. I even tried recipes in some of my cozy mystery books.
    As far as duplicate books, Just one Shockwave by John Sandford
    My favorite book (atleast on audio) hardcover signed and audio.
    Have a great day!

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    1. Haha! All the books, everywhere, any format!
      Ooh, I did the recipes thing as well. At the start of my blog I tried making something that was mentioned in the book for each review I wrote but it got too much after a while. The two things we still make are Oreo truffles and Jollof rice – those were big hits!

      Thanks for passing by! πŸ™‚

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    1. Haha, who doesn’t!
      Oooh, those are some big names! So jealous of VE Schwab especially. Hopefully my time will come as well. πŸ˜›
      I haven’t read the ADSOM-series YET but I did read City of Ghosts and Tunnel of Bones so I’m very motivated to dive into her other work.

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  5. i definitely buy more books after i start book blogging! there’s just so many books to discover and read. i’ve never been to a convention before since i live abroad, but i definitely would love to if i got the chance πŸ™‚

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  6. Oooooh I love that cute little sofa!! I met Rin Chupeco last year and aaaaah it was so exciting! I’ve also met Helen Scheuerer and Bonnie Wynne πŸ˜€ If I could buy more bookish merchandises, I’d love to get more character cards!

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    1. Right?! Although it isn’t as little as it looks, haha! Pretty sure you could squeeze three people on there πŸ˜› Oooh that’s awesome! Character cards are.. ugh. drools. I have some hanging on the back of my bookcase door and I LOVE looking at them!

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