Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme/original feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Click the link to go to their site to see the original list for today plus links to a whole slew of other blogs. After you read mine, of course.
Today’s topic is: The top ten things that make my life as a blogger/reader easier
I was writing reviews on GR for a couple of years before starting this blog which was great practice for creating my own review site. It’s also how I met a lot of my blogging friends. And it is definitely helpful for most weeks’ TTT as it gives me a way to shift through the hundreds of books I’ve read when trying to find the perfect ones for my lists. It’s also helpful when searching for books to feature for WoW posts. I have to admit I’m on GR way less now that I have this blog, but I still find it an invaluable resource.
2. The library
As most of you know, I’ve worked at my public library for going on 8 years now. There is no way I’d be able to read as much as I do if it weren’t for the library and its awesome free-ness. My city has an amazing library system where all of the (many) branches are linked together, so you can order literally almost any book, movie, cd, audiobook you want and have it delivered directly to your library. It’s awesome.
3. Other bloggers
Um, bloggers are freaking awesome. It is so fun to be a part of this community of like-minded people who quickly accept newbies into their fold. I LOVE YOU PEOPLE!
4. Netgalley and Edelweiss
Is there anything in this world more awesome than these two sites? Just thinking about all the amazing books that await me on my Kindle everyday just makes me giddy happy. I love getting to read some of the most anticipated books early. It rocks in a way very few things do.
This site makes finding out what my favorite bloggers have posted so easy. I love to scroll through recent posts.
6. Half Price Bookstore
So in a few select cities in the US there is a magical place called Half Price Books which is seriously the most amazing second-hand store ever. In my Northeastern city there are 4 (2 close enough to go fairly regularly). Every time I go in there I make a beeline right to the clearance section where books are only $1 or $2.
I’m not on twitter as much as I should be because I find it kind of exhausting, but it is a great way to connect with the community and to find out what everyone’s up to.
My commute is about to get a lot longer and my life a LOT busier, so I just ordered a bunch of audiobooks from the library. I know I’m not going to be able to read nearly as much as I do now starting in one week, but at least with audiobooks I can “read” while driving.
I know it’s not everyone’s favorite, but I like my set up and find it easy to use. Personally, I hate having to enter in my name, email address, and website – it’s a lot to type – just to leave a comment and like that you don’t have to do that with Blogger.
10. Kindle Fire
I was definitely one of those people who swore that I could never love an e-reader, but once I started requesting books from EW and NG it became a necessity and now I heart it so hard. I love having hundreds of choices at my fingertips and being able to read in bed in the dark. Plus I have my Netflix on my KF and all sorts of fun games. I love it. It is probably my favorite possession.
Those are the things I find helpful as a reader/blogger and I’m willing to bet most are the same ones other bloggers find helpful. What are your tools of the trade? Link me up!
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