Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is things that make our lives easier as readers or book bloggers. Here are my picks:
Twitter – I LOVE Twitter, I check it several times a day. If Facebook is for keeping in touch with family and personal friends, then Twitter is for the book blogosphere. Twitter lets me follow and reach out to authors and sometimes, they reply! It makes my day when that happens. Twitter also lets me chat with blogging buddies about random things that aren’t necessarily book-related.
Goodreads – I like how Goodreads lets me organize my virtual shelves into categories, making it a lot easier for me to keep track of them. I used to have an Excel spreadsheet that lists all of my books but there’s no need for that now that I keep my Goodreads account updated. I also like that I can post status updates of the books that I’m reading because I can note down passages or lines that catch my attention. I also cross-post my reviews on Goodreads. And my Goodreads is linked to my Twitter.
Instagram – I’m a fan of pretty pictures, even more so of vintage-looking images (which is why I love lomography) so it was a given that I’d make use of Instagram as much as I can. My Instagram account is filled with my favorite things: food, books and postcards. What makes it even more fun is that several blogger friends also have Instagram accounts.
My smartphone – The current phone that I have is my first ever smartphone. It’s so convenient to have a device where I can check my email and all of the social networking sites mentioned above while I’m on the go. I also have the WordPress app installed in my phone so I use that to edit posts or reply to comments.
My Kindle – As much as I love physical books, I can’t imagine not having a Kindle. I take the train to go to work and my commute takes a while. Since trains are always packed during rush hour, it’s easier for me to keep my balance when I’m holding a Kindle while standing. I also like having the option of being able to read a book right away if it has a Kindle edition.
Galleys/e-ARCs – Most of the review copies that I get are galleys or e-ARCs because I’m based in Singapore. And like I said, it’s more practical for me to read ebooks on my Kindle because I bring it with me everyday. If I end up liking the book, I usually buy a physical copy anyway.
Memes – I like participating in memes when I feel like posting something on the blog but I’m not in the mood to work on a review. I like joining memes that are fun like Top Ten Tuesday and Retro Friday.
Guest posts – I like having authors or other bloggers over here to do guest posts for events or features and I also like doing guest posts on other blogs. I think that kind of blogger interaction is pretty fun.
Online bookstores with free worldwide shipping – Other online retailers (such as Amazon) don’t have free international shipping so it makes me happy that the Book Depository delivers to both the Philippines and Singapore! I can just order books that aren’t available in local bookstores (or if they’re cheaper online since books are pricey in Singapore). Other shops that have free international shipping: Fishpond and Better World Books.
Book bloggers – I love my family and friends but when it comes to books, bloggers are my people! I feel like you guys get me. For me, making connections with fellow readers who understand what it’s like to obsess about books is one of the highlights of blogging.
That’s it for me. What about you, what are the things that make your life easier as a reader or blogger?