When it comes to book blogging trends, I am…not fast.
You’re probably thinking this is because I like to be my own person or whatnot. But actually no. It’s because I’m distracted and oblivious and also if people say “HEY GO LEFT!” I go right. Not to be contrary. But because I can’t tell left from right.
But that aside, I actually truly enjoy so many trends that gallop through the blogging community! Some I dislike for sure. But I feel like “follow the crowd” gets a bad rap when…if you enjoy doing something (even if a million people do it too) then YOU SHOULD GO FOR IT. Likewise it’s ok to do your own thing and not be pressured!
Today I want to list 10 things that are popular in the book community and whether I love vs flee from them!
1. BOOKSTAGRAM ✓
Oh I love love LOVE bookstagram! (Although I frequently weep at the algorithm and how I have 5% engagement fsfshfosh.) But I love how we all gather together to gush over glitter and book covers and the aestheticness of gorgeous fonts. It’s so wholesome. Truly.
And I actually was taking book photos LONG before I knew about bookstagram! So I feel like I was right on the cusp of this trend when it started?! I just…had…no idea it was happening. TYPICAL.
2. BOOK BOXES ✓
Wow I am SUCH a fan. It took me a while though. At the beginning my brain was like: “Um that is very expensive for not knowing what you’re getting…” But then I applied to rep/work with some of the companies, got accepted, and go thoroughly converted. The signed books! The merch! The exclusive covers! IT’S ALL PRETTY COOL. (Although to be very very honest, I couldn’t afford this if I wasn’t working for them. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯)
I am here for having a Harry Potter mug so if someone talks to me while I am in the midst of tea and writing? Evanesco, you fools.
3. BOOK CANDLES ✗
But why tho. WHY. All I can think of is how fire and books are very very bad together and also…I genuinely hate smells. I will actually sprint the Sahara instead of being forced to smell perfume. And I’m still not sure how burning a candle that represents the musk of some book boy isn’t SUPER CREEPY.
HERE, SON, LET ME BURN YOU. YOU SMELL SO GOOD.
I realise it’s like, sandalwood and fragile masculinity we’re smelling, not human flesh, but still.
4. COLLECTING MULTIPLE BOOK EDITIONS ✓
I just used to believe this was pointless. You can only read one book at a time, why have two copies of the same one, hmm?? Now I look back at my sweet innocent self and laugh and laugh and laaaaaugh.
It’s for the art of COLLECTING. And I freaking adore it. I have several multiple editions! Although I confess for many of them I actually haven’t bought them myself. I’ll get given one + get it cheap at a sale + get it in a book box, etc. etc. But otherwise it feels me with such joy to have some in multiples so WHY NOT. It supports my fav authors.
5. GIFS EVERYWHERE ✗
I actually used to be known for how much I gif’d. Now??? Don’t haaate me but I don’t love gifs. I find them super distracting from the text, so if I can’t scroll enough so that I DON’T have to see the gif flashing and can concentrate on the text??? Then I’m lost. I am an unripe pumpkin peel.
That saying: (1) yes I will use gifs on occasion!! and (2) I still read PLENTY of amazing blogs that love gifs!!
I just got old. SO OLD. (I love emojis though. I’m simultaneously 80 and secretly 12.)
6. JOINING IN BLOGGING MEMES ✓
Sometimes I think: “CAIT! This is your blog! Take control of it and use your imagination!” But those thoughts are frail and I would much rather meld with the carpet and not take control of my own fate. That’s for Merida, thanks. SO blogging memes? My lifesavers. Yes please tell me what to do for the week. Top Ten Tuesday is my favourite.
I love ones with open prompts so (a) you have an idea of what to blog about, and (b) you can still add your own creative flair around the edges!
I get how they CAN feel repetitive, if your feed is just 57 What Are You Reading type posts in a row…buuuuut. I still love them and it’s always easy to start a conversation with them!
7. DOING “INCORRECT QUOTES” ✓
I swear I was doing this before it became popular!! I WAS OK?! I AM THE TRENDSETTER. (shh let me live in my delusions.) I have been doing it on Goodreads for years! Actually to the point where I do it and people yell at me for “spoilers” and I’m like…my dear, my mate, my little frangipani: I’M BEING HORRIBLY SARCASTIC WITH THIS UPDATE IT IS NOT A SPOILER.
Anyway I highly love these. I follow Incorrect The Cruel Prince, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, and a couple of Marvel ones on twitter. You will also absolutely see me making memes of these for my own books. Shame? I have none.
I swear I DIE REGULARLY with laughter over these. (I don’t know who runs it but they’re hilarious.)
And here’s one of mine from Goodreads:
8. READING CHALLENGES / READATHONS ✗
The truth is I am just very bad at group activities. I WORK ALONE, ALFRED. (I also very much am Batman. Fight me if you don’t believe it, but I even have batman socks with little golden capes on them.) I also struggle to commit to challenges of “read this and this book!” because MOOD READER.
I do have a Goodreads goal, but I caaaan’t pledge to read certain amounts of certain types of books.
9. PASSIONATE RANTS ✗
This is NOT a call out against rants! Because I enjoy reading a lot of them. But writing them myself??? Here is basically what transpires in my brain:
- Oh I have opinions about this topic!
- I should write a post!
- Wait am I sure about my opinions??
- no i could be wrong
- actually everyone will hate me
- what if I’m misinformed??????
- if i get into an internet fight I WILL JUST CRY
- everyone else has ranted on this topic before me anyway
- i have nothing new to say
- i am a piece of bread
And therefore I never get around to writing rant posts. It’s very pathetic. Look at me, so smol and sad.
10. ARCS ✗✓
I’ll finish up by cheating, because…BOTH! I have such mixed feelings about ARCs I’ve basically turned myself into a baking pre-mix and, just add water and anxiety = and you get a PAPER FURY!!
Good Parts Of ARCs: You get free books (and I can’t afford many soooo this is crucial to my existence) + you get to read highly anticipated books early sometimes!! + I feel like there’s more chance to read things you might not have tried?! Ergo NEW FAVOURITES!
Bad Parts Of ARCs: pressure reading is…pReSSureFUL ugh + getting sent unsolicited ones is overwhelming + that anxiety of disliking a book you HAVE to review + often everyone’s reviewing the same ARCs + the who-gets-them is REALLY unfair and sometimes is so so frustrating you just feel 1000% done with it altogether + they’re ugly.
Lmao to the last one. I’M SORRY. But with my love of bookstagram —> my interest in ARCs has decreased because they’re just ugly, ok. I also have SUCH rotten luck with Netgalley and Edelweiss, it’s just depressing.
I would probably quit ARCs altogether if I were rich. Then, obviously, I would soon NOT be rich because I would have bought a lot of books. Regrets? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I see none.
hey so chat with me!
what are trends you like vs ones you avoid in the blogging world?!? do we agree on any?? do you join in reading challenges? or how do you feel about ARCs?
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