Today's topic has to do with being a blogger (more specifically, a book blogger) and a reader.
Free books? YES PLEASE.
2. Interacting with authors.
This is more a Twitter or Tumblr thing that anything else, but there are so many authors now who are more than happy to talk to their fans, and who actually take the time to read the reviews you write, and who clearly actually read the tweets and messages that people send (see: Stephanie Perkins, John Green, Rainbow Rowell, Patrick Ness, Alysia Gray Painter and Joanne Harris).
3. Millions of new worlds to discover.
Need an escape from reality? What better place to find it than a book!
4. The friends.
I've made the most amazing friends all over the world through blogging, and I am so indescribably grateful for each and every one of them.
5. Branching out and reading new stuff.
Sometimes you'll come across a book that's not in your usual sphere of interest, but a fellow book nerd has written a rave review, or a friend emails you and is all "READ THIS BOOK IMMEDIATELY". So you take a chance, and it's amazing.
6. Recommending books to friends.
See above, but in reverse. Sometimes you find a book that no one else knows about and it's so fabulous that you want to sing its praises from the rooftops.
7. Getting to talk about books all the time without people thinking you're crazy.
This was one of the best parts of doing a Masters in librarianship - hanging out all day with people who are as passionate about books as I am, and think nothing of hour-long conversations about nothing but books. The book blogger community is pretty much the same thing.
8. It's a cheaper addiction than most.
Sure, books aren't exactly cheap (especially in Australia...). But you can get them from secondhand shops or in ARC form or from friends or on sale or from the library for free. Try doing that with other addictions.
9. Learning new things.
There's a book out there on pretty much any subject you can think of - I mean, there's one on the history of swearing! All you have to do is open a book and you're automatically learning new things.
10. Books make me happy.
I've reached the point now where I can't sleep unless I read for at least 20 minutes first. There is no crappy day that can't be made at least a little bit better with the addition of a book.
What's on your top ten list?