I swear this ain’t a self-reprimanding post. Instead, today we are going to see some of the stereotypes associated with book blogging and why it is A-OKAY to not follow any of the norms prevalent within the blogosphere. Also, we are going to be listing why I suck at book blogging and how you might as well *Lets’s start 2019 with stressing less and enjoying more. Enough blah-blah, let’s get right into the post. 

*look at me talking as if 2019 has already begun. SO MUCH IS STILL LEFT. By the way, who else is doing secret Santa this year???

Hibernation

Yep, I’m a bear.

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Here is the deal. I take breaks, which end up being loooooooonger than expected. (Same in the case of study breaks, hehe) Would I consider it as a slump? maybe. Would I consider it laziness? DEFINITELY. I know how overwhelming the guilt can be when you don’t want to read or blog for a period of time and you sort of judge yourself because UGH WHAT KIND OF A BOOK LOVER AM I???

A human one.

It is totally, unflinchingly okay to not want to do something you love. For however long it may be. You don’t have to persistent in reading, blogging etc etc like other bloggers. (Who are, by the way, SUPERHUMAN??) I know how not being regular can make someone feel down, so just remember these wise words of wisdom and don’t be so hard on yourself

Late in the game

Turns out, I am also a grandma. I am the kind of book blogger who is always BEHIND all the trends and new books. Honestly, there are SO MANY books coming up simultaneously, and there are already books from the previous years which I have to read and I CAN’T HANDLE THE STRESS, I’M A TURTLE. So as a consequence, while others are reviewing Queen of Air and darkness, you will find a review of the hunger games on my little blog. I do feel left out from the whole hype and discussion though.

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But does that mean I am not an INCREDIBLY AWESOME BOOK BLOGGER?

NO. It just means I don’t catch up with the hype that easy and I like to read everything at my own pace. I still haven’t read like the MOST POPULAR books out there. But no worries, I will probably catch up till 2040. What I’m trying to say is that if you don’t review the newest titles, it won’t qualify you as a bad one. Just keep climbing up the hill grandma.

Getting personal

One thing you always read in one of those constructive posts about blogs is that STICK TO YOUR BLOG MAIN TOPIC if you want views and better stats. Which is, well, in fact true. Personal blog posts are discouraged usually. And quite evidently, I have a problem with this.

As much as I love books and reading. There are also other things which I am very passionate about. Poetry, for example. I remember I used to post some of my poems in here, but then I stopped and made a separate blog. Long story short, EVERYTHING WAS A MESS. I was reluctant to post anything other than book-related content, due to various reasons. But I think I’ll start again.

The point is that you are free to post whatever you like, I personally, want to know who I follow as a person, more than books. If you want to post something different and personal once in a while, do it! Book bloggers are the sweetest bunch alive to share stuff with. ❤

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ARC’S 

When I first got into blogging, I am not going to lie, I REALLY WANTED ARC’S, OKAY? I sent requests to publishers, signed up at NetGalley and excitedly made a review policy. I remember taking leaps of joy when I got my first ARC.

Good old times.

I don’t review Arcs now, because I feel that it is too much pressure for me and there are so many other books staring me in the eye. Having said that, I am not completely opposed to reviewing Arcs, especially not if it is something that I REALLY want to read. I often question if I, in fact, should review ARCs? or else will the society accept me as a legitimate book blogger???? ** Nonetheless, sanity first right?

**Stop being so dramatic, Anushkaaaa.

 list of other peculiarities 

  • I absolutely suck at #bookstagram
  • too slow to do read-a-thons
  • I don’t own a plethora of books
  • I have not read The mortal instruments yet.

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Hello lovely people, how are you all? My exams ended today so I’m extremely happy! Let me know below if you, like me, deal with these problems, or is it just me creating delusions in my head?? I hope you have a lovely day ❤ – Anushka

22 thoughts on “Why am I a ‘bad’ book blogger and YOU might be one too // breaking blogging stereotypes

  1. hahahah love how you describe yourself as a bear going into hibernation- I also really relate!! And I’m always behind on trends- it’s not a big deal. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with sharing personal blogs though- I’m always really impressed with the people brave enough to do that! I’ve always read very few ARCs (I request one every few months and only for books I’d read anyway) and I’ve always felt a little behind the curve cos of that- but I’m glad I do it this way cos it means I don’t open myself up for as much stress and read more books I want to read regardless. Love this post- really relate!!

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    1. Ughhh thank god I’m not the only one who does all these things! And I know right? Why take so much stress over arcs and being in pace with everyone else when you can just sit and enjoy reading whatever you like however you want! I’m sooo glad you liked the post 🙈🙈❤❤

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  2. Honestly, sometimes there are too many reviews about the same book around the same time, and I kind of like it that there’s a review of a totally different book that I can read then. Also not everyone has time to read the hyped books at the same time (I mean myself of course) so it’s nice to read reviews later on. I can totally relate to some of these! I hope your exams went well. Enjoy your free time now with whatever you want to do!

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    1. Ahhh Yes, it is refreshing to see reviews of other less known or old titles. Seeing everyone reviewing the same book can be boring! Oh thank you, I’m certainly making the full use it by doing nothing and Sleeping all day! Haha, will get back to reading books from tomorrow ❤

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  3. Greetings from grandma to another! 😀 Haha. I often though i’m late with stuff, but then again, compared to whom? Right? 😀 Now i’m just doing my own thing and it’s actually quite fun.
    I also cut down on ARCs. I have so many “old” books i also want to read.

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    1. Hii😂😂😂 yes it doesn’t really matter , everyone should just read whatever they want whenever they want. And yes it is fun! Yep yep, Arcs can be a headache, staying clear of those for a while. Thank you for your sweet comment ❤

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  4. Ahah don’t be so hard on yourself is something I really should remember, but can never, really, haha. I love this post, this is so relatable! And I also suck at bookstagram and have never even tried it out and…. I have read City of Bones, but not the rest of the mortal instruments series and I don’t have any interest in it either 😂 Lovely post!! ❤️

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    1. Yess, I really don’t have interest in reading mortal instruments as well, I’m way too behind and catching up is a lot of work 😵 plus I watched the movie and it is so bad I don’t think I could read the book ! Yes one should really take it easy sometimes. Glad you loved the post 🙈🙈🙈❤

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  5. I agree with you on all the points! I am fairly new to book-blogging, and sometimes feel the pressure of maintaining the stats by reading the “trending” books (which I don’t, by the way :P). I am also on NetGalley which contains beautiful books (content- and cover-wise). That makes me click-happy (I requested way too many books a while ago) resulting in a large TBR. But I have understood that blogging, first and foremost, is for your self, then for the world.

    I loved your post. It reinforces the fact that people like me who have yet not hopped on the “trending” wagon exist in the “blogo”sphere. 🙂

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    1. Holaaa!! Welcome to the community ❤ Yess I remember how it was when I started blogging first, trying to get more views by posting ‘desirable’ content and requesting arcs like crazzyyyyy. Haha. But its just a phase and sooner or later you’ll realise that it doesn’t really matter much. I hope you enjoy your journey and meet many great book bloggers through this!

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