Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, and feature lists related to all things bookish–characters, authors, titles, and favorites. They’re an excellent way to find new interesting books on a variety of topics, and to find bloggers that love the books you do.

Check out their blog for their top ten and lists of other bloggers who participate!

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August 20: Top Ten Things That Make Your Life As A Reader/Book Blogger Easier (maybe it’s Goodreads or your library or different resources etc.)

Once again, this one gave me difficulties. It’s always the ones that sound easy that require so much thought…

1. Bloggers. Obviously, the first and best tool you have as a reader/blogger is other bloggers. They make recommendations and review books, and have all kinds of advice about blogging.

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2. Explore Topics (WordPress). Obviously, the whole site is absolutely necessary for me–it’s where my blog is, but this section has proven the most help. This is where I found all the specific blogs I needed–with blogging advice, book reviews, writing advice, and miscellaneous ideas.

3. Followers. Blogging is only sort of talking to yourself–without the encouragement of likes and comments, most people would find blogging a lot more difficult. And also, many of you wonderful people have excellent book suggestions.


4. Goodreads. It’s an excellent way to keep track of books you’ve read, so you don’t stare at a ‘familiar’ cover wondering if you’ve just seen the book around–or actually read it. The Listopia and recommendations are also dangerously helpful.


5. Inter-library Loan. It’s so nice to get books that you couldn’t otherwise. And from your favorite branch, too.

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6. Kindle. Because, despite my fondness for an actual, physical, page-turning books, eBooks are easier. Cheaper, faster, and far more portable.

7. Overdrive. My public library’s e-book lending system. Because eBooks don’t have to be physically returned to the library–and it’s easier to carry around an eReader than a 700 page book.

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8. WikiMedia Commons. A free picture sharing site, perfect for finding pictures to put on your blog when you don’t have a picture you took yourself.

9. Wish Lists. A recent and helpful addition to my library’s website, an area in your personal account where you can save multiple lists of books available at the library, and check them out or put them on hold from that list with a click of a button.


10. Wowbrary. Who wouldn’t want a weekly email of the new books your library is acquiring, sorted into genres? It’s a great way to beat the rest of the readers to a book, so you’re a low number on the hold list (that can reach the hundreds for a popular title.)

About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

3 responses »

  1. Marcia says:

    As always, your Top Ten lists are so much fun to read. This time, I’m with you most of the way. I don’t do libraries much right now, but I’m going to remember these new features, especially for eBooks, because someday, I might start using them again. And the link to Wikimedia Commons is very interesting. Thanks for sharing!

  2. ChrissiReads says:

    I absolutely love WordPress. It has everything that I need! 🙂

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