Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday: Reasons I Love Being A Book Blogger


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  This month marks TB&TB's one-year anniversary.  It's also the one-year blogoversary for The Muse Reviews.  Great minds, I tell ya!

The top ten reasons I love being a book blogger, in no particular order, are:

1. ARCs - Is there anything better than being one of the first to read what could become the next best seller? 

2. Education - I have a degree in English, with an emphasis on writing.  As part of my education, I had to read and analyze a lot of stories.  Blogging lets me exercise my writing and keep my analytical skills sharp. 

3. Sharing - I enjoy sharing my love of books with others.  Hopefully, they enjoy it too.

4. Broadening Horizons - One of the nice things about receiving ARCs is that they're free.  This has given me the opportunity to read books I probably wouldn't have purchased on my own.  In today's economy, I'm purchasing fewer books and only buying authors I already know and enjoy.  Blogging pushes me out of my comfort zone and I've discovered some new authors to add to my reading list.

5. Comments - Comments lead me to other blogs.  My RSS feed is getting out of control but I've found a ton of blogs I enjoy.  It's like cookies; I can't stop at a handful.

6. Recommendations - Comment love also leads to recommendations for new books/authors.  As if I needed more books.

7. Comparison - Reading other reviews of a book I just finished is always fun.  It takes me back to my writing workshops when I'd sit in a circle with other writers and compare our thoughts about the story we just read.  What did we like about the story?  Which parts work and which need improvement?

8. Nerdgasm - I'm proud to be a geek girl.  Blogging about books lets me get my geek on in a friendly and supportive environment. 

9. Creativity - I'm a writer.  Blogging allows me to exercise my creativity.  Now if only I could convince the kids to give me more time to do it!

10. Potential - I have a lot of goals for The Muse Reviews and I intend to make them happen.  Blogging is also a good resume builder, which has the potential to open doors for me on a professional level.

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Friday, June 10, 2011

Book Blogger Hop: Dying To Meet

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Jen at Crazy For Books is taking a break this week, so the hop is being hosted by Lori's Reading Corner.  This week's question is: Who is the ONE author that you are DYING to meet?

There are several authors I'd love to meet.  Among them are C. J. Cherryh, Orson Scott Card, and Jacqueline Carey.  However, the one author I want to meet more than any of the others, is Laurell K. Hamilton. 

I've been a fan since my ex-husband introduced me to Hamilton's Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series years ago.  I read her blog, follow her on Twitter, and I'm at the book store to purchase the latest novel within 24 hours of every release date.  Laurell K. has inspired me, not just in my writing, but in my personal life.  I love her voice as a writer and I aspire to be half as successful as she is someday. 

Though LKH has blogged multiple times on her writing process, I always get the feeling she's oversimplifying for novice writers.  Although I'm not a New York Times bestselling author, I'm not a novice either.  I'd love the opportunity to talk shop with her.  (I also want to know if her husband, Jon, went to my highschool or a different school with the same name.)

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Booking Through Thursday: Own or Borrow?


Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme about books and reading.  This week's question is: All things being equal (money, space, etc), would you rather own copies of the books you read? Or borrow them?

Hands down, I'd rather own.  I'm a collector and I've read most of my books at least twice.  There have been occasions when a random snippet of a conversation will remind me of a scene in a book and I'll dig it out just to reread that scene.  I like borrowing books by authors I haven't read before to see if I like their work.  If I do, I'll search out their books to buy. 

As much as I enjoy the library, there's just no substitute for owning books.


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