If you follow me on Bookstagram, you know that I’m making fun reading graphics now.
I do quick mini-reviews like this:
Right now, I’m going through books I read YEARS ago on my Goodreads account to highlight older and/or lesser known titles [and also featuring new release books that I’ve requested.]
I’m also making Reading Guides like this:
I’ve been making reading guides when I get inspiration for a list (middle grade mysteries inspiration came after finishing Greenglass House). I’m also going back through older book lists/posts on here and updating & converting them into easy-to-share graphics.
Here’s an update for an old Jane Eyre adaptions post:
Readers, do you have request or suggestion for a reading guide/book list?
Please comment below if you have a great idea and/or you want one for yourself/kids/another book lover.
I always have notes scribbled down somewhere with my ideas on them but I’d love help people out if they need some suggestions.
Maintaining a book blog can be a great way to be more mindful and thoughtful about your reading and reading habits. It can be hard to get those creative juices flowing if you’re new to the book blogging world or you’ve doing it for a while.
Here’s some inspiration for you to work your magic on.
Here’s an interesting conundrum I’m facing this year. I typically try my best to talk a bit about what I read. I’ll write book reviews here on the blog. Maybe I don’t have as much to say so I’ll write a few sentences on Goodreads when I rate the book.
I do it for me so I remember how I felt about a book. I also like doing it for my bookish friends & readers since I know I always enjoy knowing what other people think about a book I’m reading/want to read.
As you know, 2020 has basically been a dumpster fire. As a result, that has impacted my reading. I really struggled to focus on reading particularly in March and April. I’ve slowly found my reading groove again. BUT what I’m reading/in the mood to read has started to deviate from this niche I’ve built for myself in the online book world.
Simply put…anxiety sucks. I really hate how it gets in the way of things I enjoy doing. I’m a book nerd who doesn’t have a lot of bookish friends in real life. It really is amazing that I can turn to the internet and find all of you wonderful people who love & enjoy the same books I do. That’s why book blogging & bookstagram are two of my favorite hobbies in addition to reading.
You’d think that being a step removed from seeing you in person would help with anxiety but it doesn’t always.
It’s occasionally nice to have the space to step back and think about how to respond to a comment or to have the time to leave meaningful comments on other blogs.
Other times, it’s absolutely overwhelming when you see what everyone else is doing and somehow it feels like what you’re doing isn’t “good enough.” Other bloggers/bookstagrammers have beautifully designed blogs or feeds, host fun events (read-a-thons; buddy reads; tags; awards), dozens of comments or likes in a matter of a few hours, or lots of exciting opportunities or partnerships.
I don’t think there’s a magic answer for how to manage anxiety with book blogging or bookstagram. I’ll share what I’ve learned that works for me in the 8+ years I’ve been in the book blogging community.