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You Might Be A Book Blogger If…

September 19, 2009

To Kill a MockingbirdI asked and you answered! You guys provided lots more ways to know if you’re a book blogger: I’ve added them to the list w/ link love. Feel free to keep sharing-I’ll keep adding! :)

  1. You know the best way to get to all libraries and bookstores within a twenty mile vicinity of your house. And when out and about with friends and family, you casually drop into the conversation “You know, the bookstore’s just five minutes up the road-we could pop in quickly.”
  2. Your knowledge of acronyms rivals that of a government bureaucrat: ARC, LT, YA, WP, BBAW…they hold no mystery for you.
  3. You find yourself working out international shipping because a book you really want to read has been published in another country first and to wait a few months is unacceptable. Or just because the cover art is so much better!
  4. Your blog feed reader is a constant challenge to the programmers to see just how many blogs can be stuffed in there.
  5. You check your posts at least once an hour to see if there are any new comments. There is a correlation between said comments and your mood shifts.
  6. You maintain a list of all of the books you want to read, despite the fact that in order to actually finish said list you’d need to read 2 books a day for the rest of your life.
  7. You’re on a first-name basis with your mailman, because he regularly deposits book-shaped packages on your doorstep.
  8. Twice a year, you explain to friends and family that no you can’t do anything that weekend because you’ll be staying up for twenty-four hours reading constantly. And to please not call you.
  9. As soon as you finish a book, you rush to your blog to add it to your ‘books read’ list. And perhaps strike it off a challenge list for good measure!
  10. Upon reading this list, you immediately come with at least three more signs! So share them in comments or on your own blog!
  11. You are positively delighted to find LibraryThing in piratetalk and after finding your family’s reaction wanting, you run off to post about it on your blog and are thrilled to find that others are as tickled about it as you are.” –Megan
  12. Someone recommends a book to you and you go check to see the reviews on LibraryThing or your favorite bloggers sites. –Rebecca
  13. You sneak books into the house, hoping no one notices your new purchases –Diane
  14. Your spouse refers to your pc as your ‘other lover.’ –Susan
  15. You’ve never met some of your closest friends! –BermudaOnion
  16. You use your iPhone primarily to keep track of books you want and to Twitter, because that’s where all your bookish friends hang out when they’re not blogging. –Fizzy Thoughts
  17. while reading a book you’re silently thinking to yourself which of your blogger friends might also enjoy it. –Heather
  18. You know everything that is going on in the literary world in seconds flat but are oblivious to national and international news, because well, it’s not in your blogstream. –hagelrat
  19. You’ve taken to wearing book-themed bling that doesn’t make sense to non-book bloggers (i.e. Cybils or BBAW). –Melissa
  20. The librarians at your regular library can address you by name on sight. –Doret
  21. People start to tell you where you can find more libraries, more bookstores. –Bybee
  22. The first thing you do when you wake up is check your email, check your twitter, and check google reader. –Chris
  23. You regularly visit libraries and bookstores on vacation! –J.T. Oldfield
  24. You plan your vacations to meet your much-loved book blogging friends and to fit in all the best bookstores. –Debi
  25. You have a book in your car, another in the bathroom, another on your nightstand, another in the den and another in digital form. –Dave

I thought I’d have some fun this Saturday, especially since we’ve all been caught up in blog-y craziness this week. :) Sometimes, it’s easy to take things a mite too seriously. But at the end of the day, as much as I love book blogging and book bloggers, I’m sure that we look crazy to outsiders. :D Have a good weekend everyone!

Get your own fun reading-related posters, like the one I’ve pictured here, and more from the American Library Association’s store. I’m still partial to the bracelet, myself.

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56 Comments leave one →
  1. September 19, 2009 5:58 am

    Oh, the library and bookstore thing is SO true of me. Whenever I’m out somewhere and I’m bored, I start thinking, Hm, if we left right now I could make it to this branch of the library before it closes…

  2. September 19, 2009 6:11 am

    I love this, Eva! I think we’re guilty on all counts!

  3. September 19, 2009 6:40 am

    Guilty as charged on many counts, but especially on number six. I’ve got one notebook filled with book titles of interest and am working on filling a second! And that doesn’t count my electronic wish list much less all the books I already own that are going to take my lifetime to read. Madness, huh?

    How about this one? “You are positively delighted to find LibraryThing in piratetalk and after finding your family’s reaction wanting, you run off to post about it on your blog and are thrilled to find that others are as tickled about it as you are.” ;-)

  4. September 19, 2009 6:45 am

    Haha! That’s brilliant, Eva – and so true!

    “As soon as you finish a book, you rush to your blog to add it to your ‘books read’ list.” – That’s so true! It’s the first thing I do.

  5. September 19, 2009 6:45 am

    Oh this is so much fun!

    Mine is along the same lines as MEgan’s: You know your a blogger when someone recommends a book to you and you go check to see the reviews on LibraryThing or your favorite bloggers sites.”

    You probably don’t want to know this, but Book Depository ships UK books to the US with no int’l shipping charges….

  6. September 19, 2009 6:46 am

    My friend is a librarian and she gave me three pins, one for each motif of this year’s BBW (speak, read, and know). I also got one bookmark for each. I love the Read ones particularly.

    I don’t automatically come up with a new thing to add to your list, but those 10 make me smile.

    My friends DO think I’m crazy about Readathon. Last time I told people, they all said, “Wow! I couldn’t do that. I read in order to go to sleep!” NOOOOO!!!!! :D

  7. September 19, 2009 6:52 am

    Haha, I’m guilty of eight of the above.

    I’m quite embarrassed about number 3, and cover art, because I really want to read an Angela Carter book, but the cover this side of the pond is so depressing, and unattractive.

    Need to go to the US to change that.

  8. September 19, 2009 7:08 am

    Eva, This was so funny to read, but so so true. (I can relate to all of them). How about…..”You sneak books into the house, hoping no one notices your new purchases” …LOL (or is that just me??)

  9. September 19, 2009 7:33 am

    Great list! Especially number six, as I’d never be able to read all of the books on my wishlist! *L*

  10. September 19, 2009 7:39 am

    You know you’re a book blogger when your spouse refers to your pc as your ‘other lover.’

    Hilarious, Eva. I think I qualify.

  11. September 19, 2009 7:59 am

    I love that poster. I’ll have to see about getting one.

    Happy Saturday.

  12. September 19, 2009 9:21 am

    I love this. I would add – you’ve never met some of your closest friends!

  13. September 19, 2009 10:09 am

    I love this list! This is awesome!

  14. September 19, 2009 10:36 am

    Guilty as charged, especially in relation to number 9 – I have a whole checklist for what I need to do when I finish a book, and I don’t feel it’s really finished until I’ve done them all…..

  15. September 19, 2009 10:44 am

    You use your iPhone primarily to keep track of books you want and to Twitter, because that’s where all your bookish friends hang out when they’re not blogging.

  16. September 19, 2009 10:57 am

    Very cute – and true!

  17. historyofshe permalink
    September 19, 2009 11:00 am

    :D

  18. September 19, 2009 11:20 am

    It appears that while I was in India, you got back to blogging. So glad! I missed you :-)

  19. September 19, 2009 11:21 am

    #6 is so me! I have so many books I want to read!

  20. September 19, 2009 1:00 pm

    Fun post. I’m guilty of trying to make it to the mailbox before my husband does, so that he doesn’t see that I’ve ordered yet another book (although I do try to buy used, whenever I can).

  21. September 19, 2009 1:07 pm

    I love this.
    How about, while reading a book you’re silently thinking to yourself which of your blogger friends might also enjoy it. (I do this all. the. time.)
    what a fun post!

  22. September 19, 2009 1:49 pm

    Lol! This is so cute. I also love that little poster. It’s really cute! I especially love number 9!

  23. September 19, 2009 2:16 pm

    LOL! Spent the post nodding sagely :)

  24. September 19, 2009 2:18 pm

    how about, “you know everything that is going on in the literary world in seconds flat but are oblivious to national and international news, because well, it’s not in your blogstream”.

  25. September 19, 2009 4:37 pm

    Haha, this post is so true! Well, except I don’t know the mailman because he just hangs the books from the box. I bet he dreads when he gets to my house though!

  26. September 19, 2009 6:09 pm

    Number 1 and 9 strike me the most LOL. I get fidgety if I know I’m close to a bookshop or library. I JUST HAVE TO POP IN FOR A BIT. And the list of ‘Books Read’ and the challenges list! Why is it so important to me, I’d never know :P

  27. September 19, 2009 6:13 pm

    Another thing, I’m not sure if it’s just me, but I save the phone numbers of all the libraries close to me and their opening hours in my iPhone. Just in case I wanna reserve anything and in case I wanna drop by at odd hours…

  28. September 19, 2009 6:30 pm

    This had me cracking up, Eva! Great list. My TBR lists are out of control as is my Google Reader.

    I began dating my boyfriend right around the readathon this spring and he was like, ‘What do you mean you need to go so you can read a book?’ He thought I didn’t like him! I had to explain the difference between this and ‘I need to go wash my hair’ lol

  29. September 19, 2009 6:33 pm

    I second Kathy’s comment: you’ve never met some of your closest friends! Fun post.

  30. September 19, 2009 7:38 pm

    How about you’re on a first name basis with your librarians?

    I like Kathy’s comment too… that’s SO true about book blogging.

    Or, how about my latest fetish: you’ve taken to wearing book-themed bling that doesn’t make sense to non-book bloggers (i.e. Cybils or BBAW), although my friend just bought me the movies: ruining books since 1920s T-shirt…

  31. September 19, 2009 8:02 pm

    Numbers 6 & 7 describe me, definitely — embarrassingly so. :)

  32. September 19, 2009 8:22 pm

    I’m especially guilt of 4, 5 and 6! So glad not to be alone in my eccentricity, the love of books!

  33. September 19, 2009 9:02 pm

    That was great. I am guility of 3. I really want an Austrialain book exchange buddy.

    You know your a book blogger when the librarians at your regular library can address you by name on sight.

  34. September 19, 2009 9:36 pm

    Number six is soooo me!

  35. September 19, 2009 9:39 pm

    1, 5, 6, & 9 for sure (and yes, I do sneak them into the house–no matter where they’re from). Thanks for the great laugh!

  36. September 20, 2009 1:26 am

    “People start to tell you where you can find more libraries, more bookstores.”

  37. September 20, 2009 1:29 am

    OMG I’m absolutely in love with this post and the comments Eva!!! Especially BermudiaOnion and FizzyThought’s comments :p I’ve got one for you…the first thing you do when you wake up (after you pee) is check your email, check your twitter, and check google reader :p At least that’s my morning routine >> EVERY MORNING!!

  38. September 20, 2009 3:32 pm

    Great stuff, Eva. We are all a bit crazy but no one ever explained it quite so well. :-)

  39. September 20, 2009 7:33 pm

    LOL! I love it! We do look nutty to the outside world. My students are convinced that I’m Queen Dork. I’m OK with that!

  40. September 20, 2009 8:38 pm

    I am a slave to the Books Read list. Sometimes, I think it’s the best part about finishing a book: to watch it grow and flash said list to unsuspecting real life people so they can say “Wow!”

  41. September 20, 2009 8:49 pm

    I loved this!

    How about, you regularly visit libraries and bookstores on vacation!

  42. September 20, 2009 8:57 pm

    Hey, J.T. you are right on there!! On our honeymoon (many moons ago), I had to be sure to stop at bookstores. I still remember some of the books I bought then.

  43. September 21, 2009 3:02 am

    OMG, I am a book blogger! I tick all the boxes.

  44. September 21, 2009 6:01 am

    “You plan your vacations to meet your much-loved book blogging friends and to fit in all the best bookstores.”

    #6 is the one that literally breaks my heart every time I think about it…

  45. September 21, 2009 7:09 am

    That is too hilarious! I love it!

  46. September 21, 2009 10:20 am

    AH HAHAHHAHA #5. It’s funny ’cause it’s true.

  47. September 21, 2009 2:21 pm

    Guilty on all counts. Here’s another: You have a book in your car, another in the bathroom, another on your nightstand, another in the den and another in digital form.

  48. September 21, 2009 2:23 pm

    I actually had one of these moments this weekend. I was at an out of town wedding and was introduced to someone who lives in the same city I do but in a different area. We’ve only lived here for a year so I generally only know my own comfortable bubble area. But when she mentioned where she lives, I thought for a minute and finally said, “Oh, that’s where the Books A Million is, right?” She laughed uncomfortably and agreed that maybe it was. I think we don’t have a whole lot in common. ;-)

  49. September 21, 2009 3:52 pm

    Hey! Have we met and I just don’t remember it? We must have. You know me so well. LOL! The only one I DON’T do is #3. I have enough problems keeping up with the books published in the US and the books already on my shelf! ;o)

  50. September 22, 2009 4:14 am

    Thanks for all of the suggestions and support y’all!!!

  51. reviewsbylola permalink
    September 22, 2009 6:03 am

    What a great list. I love it!

  52. September 25, 2009 9:00 am

    I love this! Great job on compiling this list.

  53. September 26, 2009 11:54 am

    Great list! I love them all :)

  54. September 27, 2009 4:00 pm

    Hi, I’m Margot and I’m a Book Blogger – “Hi, Margot!” :)

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