Happy Tuesday!! Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) is technically to share books on our TBRs that we predict will be 5-star reads. As I was reading that topic, I started thinking… when you take a step back, isn’t some of the things we do as bookworms online sort of strange? Whenever I try to explain this bookish online community to people who aren’t part of it they usually give me a look like “and you do this, why, exactly?” Today, inspired by the actual Top Ten Tuesday topic, I would like to share ten things that online bookworms do that are weird.
Disclaimer: WEIRD doesn’t mean BAD. Don’t worry–I do many of these things and LOVE doing them.
1. Predicting 5-Star Reads. Let’s start with the thing that inspired this entire post, shall we? This is a rather new trend in the online bookish community and, although I’ve never done it, I can see it’s appeal… and how it is rather odd. What is the point of trying to predict which books we’ll give 5 stars? There may be many reasons, but I think the most important one is that it’s fun.
2. Book Hauls/Un-Hauls. I think it’s natural that people would want to share the new books they have received. What is a bit weird is that we all love hearing about it so much. I can’t even tell you the number of book haul videos I’ve watched. So. Many.
3. Reading Journals. Some bookworms have entire journals dedicated to tracking their reading, making beautiful journal spreads about what they read, and making goals about what they’d like to read in the future. I think these journals are so cool. But you have to admit that they serve a pretty arbitrary function in some instances–Goodreads is a pretty good paperless option for tracking reading, and it’s a lot quicker.
4. Bookish Debates. Paperback or hardcover? Dog-earing pages using bookmarks? Annotating books or keeping them in pristine condition? Bookworms love rehashing these old debates over and over again online. And you know what? I’ll never get tired of hearing the same responses.
5. Making TBR Lists. Perhaps making lists of what you’d like to read next is helpful if they help you read more or stay on track. But, if you’re anything like me, you never actually stick to your TBR lists–yet every single season and every single new year I automatically create one, as though it is some sort of seasonal habit.
6. Bookshelf Tours. I love watching bookshelf tours. But why? Is it because I’m looking for inspiration? Or maybe I’m just nosey? Regardless, I think it is a bit odd that we all love seeing each other’s bookshelves so much.
7. Read-a-thons. One of the highlights of my summer each year is participating in the Reading Rush, which is a giant week-long read-a-thon. But why do I love stressing myself out by trying to read as much as possible for an entire week and tracking my progress publicly? A good question.
8. Bookstagram! This may be the weirdest one of all. Whenever I tell one of my friends about my bookstagram they often end up saying, very slowly: “You take pictures of… books?” I’ve gotten many a weird look from passerby while taking a quick bookish photo out in public. But sometimes you see that perfect backdrop and you just HAVE TO.
9. Guilt for not reading. So many bookworms talk about feeling guilty or disappointed in themselves for not reaching their Goodreads goal or the many challenges that they said they would do at the beginning of the New Year. But as long as you’re enjoying what you read, does it really matter?
10. This post?? Now things are just getting wild.
I guess the answer to why we do all of these weird things is simple: because we enjoy doing them! And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.
What are some weird bookish things that you do? What do you think about the things on my list? Let me know in the comments section below!