So Your New Friend is a Book Blogger

Posted October 13, 2015 by lockhartbecca in Books / 6 Comments

Congratulations! You’ve made a new friend! Making new friends is always fun. Especially in your adult life. Because isn’t it so hard to meet people in your adult life? And even cooler, your new friend is a book blogger! Of course when you first discovered this you had no idea what it meant. But you guess that means that your friend reviews books and such. And that’s cool. Because reading is cool. And maybe he/she will have some good book recs for you. But being friends with a book blogger is unique. And there are some things you should know.

1. They won’t want to go out every weekend


You might think that going out to the bar every weekend or doing whatever it is that you do is super fun. And why wouldn’t your newest friend want to be included? Because at their home are stacks and stacks of books calling their name and sometimes us book bloggers just want to sit home and read. And that’s okay! There’s nothing wrong with it and the most important thing to remember is that it’s nothing personal. We really like you, but bookworms love their books and sometimes we need time to just decompress and read.



2. Books will be one of the top five topics that come up


Sorry not sorry. We can’t help ourselves. Books are such a huge part of our lives and we can’t help but word vomit about them all the time. Especially if we read a book and love it. We won’t stop talking about it for days.


3. You’ll come to work hungover, we’ll come to work book hungover


When we show up to work looking like death, you may think that we’ve been partying all night. Probably not the case. What’s really going on here is a book hangover. We stayed up all night reading a book and got zero sleep and now we’re paying for it. Not to mention the fact that the book probably destroyed our soul in some way. And no, I’m not exaggerating here. That really happens.



4. We talk about characters like they’re real


And to us, they are real. Don’t try to tell us otherwise. It may end our friendship.


5. If you’d like to get us a gift, books are the way to go


But check out our Goodreads shelves before choosing. We already own a lot of books. And we normally have all that information readily accessible via Goodreads. My personal method is to add books that I don’t own and want to my “wishlist” shelf. Easy, right?


6. In May there will be a lot of talk about something called BEA


BEA stands for Book Expo America, the biggest publishing event of the year. Book bloggers, authors, publishers, etc. flock to the event to network and talk about all the upcoming fall/winter books. Your friend will come home with stacks of new books. Think at least 30+ books. This is not unusual. Do not judge her/him for it. Try and get as excited about BEA as they are. It will mean a lot.



7. Don’t ask for books recs if you don’t want a laundry list of books to read


One of the most exciting things for book bloggers to do is share books. If you say you’re looking for something to read, we will pounce. It will begin with a series of questions about what you like to read, what you’ve read recently and then we’ll give you a list of about 50 books you should get to. So if you’re not prepared for that, then don’t ask.


8. Don’t call your book blogging friend a nerd


It’s not nice. We aren’t nerdy. We are book lovers and there’s nothing wrong with that.


9. We both want you to read our blog and we don’t


My book blog is my own little corner of the internet and I love it. It’s a huge part of my life and I love every single aspect of it. I want you to love my blog. But I’m super nervous that you’ll think it’s stupid or you’ll hate it. So just keep that in mind and know that my blog is really personal. Go easy on me, okay?



10. Get ready to fall in love with books


We will book push you to no end until eventually you crack and become an avid reader just like us. It may take a few months, it may take a few years, but we will get you. Come to the dark side, we have books here.



Anything you guys would like to add as advice for people new to the book blogging world? 


6 responses to “So Your New Friend is a Book Blogger

  1. I love this post so much! I laughed out loud at 7 because so much YES. And 9: exactly. I often don't tell people in my 'real life' about my blog because I'm not sure that they'll get it. As for #6…. this means you're going right? And I get to see your lovely face? �� xo!

    • Yeah, I'm always super nervous to tell people about my blog. Bc seriously, what if they don't get it??

      I'm trying to go, but it's going to depend on what Phil and I decide on for vacay next year. I think we are trying to go to Italy which means a full two weeks off work. So I may run out of time off. But I'm going to do everything in my power to be there!

  2. HAHAHAHAHA! #bookshock awareness! Non-readers don't seem to wrap their minds around that AT ALL. I need to save this post…so much of it applies to those of us who read all you lovely bloggers, too!

    • We definitely will have to go to Howl at the Moon now so we can make your dream come true. I really really hope I get to go next year! I need more vacation time from work. For real. Or I need to get like a work from home gig that I can just take with me.

      I don't mind people from my real life reading my blog. I do get nervous though that they'll think it's stupid. But it's such a huge part of my life that I can't help talking about it when I'm chatting with ppl in my real life so inevitably they find out about it.

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