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Rants & Rambles is a weekly feature where I share my own personal thoughts and opinions about both bookish and blogging related topics. As stated, these are MY OWN opinions and while you can choose to disagree with it, I hope that you at least respect it.
This week on Rants & Rambles I want to discuss:
When I first started my blog, the one thing I said I would NEVER do was create a Twitter account. Since the beginning of high school, social media and I have always had love/hate relationship and nothing good ever came out of me being on social media since I tend to always find myself in the midst of drama. So I made up my mind to not create any accounts on any social media platforms and continued along with my little posts.
Fast forward to four months later, my sister kept saying that I should make a Twitter account to get my blog ‘out there’. That I was limiting the growth of my blog by not interacting with other bloggers on various platforms and such. Not only was I limiting my blog, but how was really not doing a good job as a book blogger if the only place I was promoting books was on the blog. I caved and created multiple social media accounts and I still want to slap myself sometimes for not doing it sooner!
Now, that I’m finished with my little story, let’s get to the point of this little discussion. Ever since joining Twitter, my reading habits have changed. Some of it has been for the better, some not so much, but ultimately, this has helped me to grow as a reader since I find out about new books mostly from Twitter. Before Twitter, the only way I found out about new books was from Goodreads. I usually clicked on the recommendations tab and added whatever book caught my attention. Although I still use this method today, it is NOT the ‘best’ method since many of these books have similar plot lines and usually end the same.
Thanks to social media, my four eyes have been open to a whole new genre of books: FANTASY. The only fantasy I ever read before blogging was Harry Potter and I never thought to look into more books in this genre because I honestly didn’t think I would like the. Faeries, magic, evil creatures, how interesting could that all be? But I was WRONG! Fantasy is so much more and it has become my second favorite genre! I love it to bits and even though I may be super picky when it comes to picking up a fantasy read, I am always willing to give them a try because most of the time, I end up enjoying them, even though I may never read them again.
Social media has also taught me to STAY FAR, FAR AWAY from overhyped books! FSoG is the perfect example, even though this was negative hype, it was still hype nonetheless. Seriously, WTH were my friends on when they said they enjoyed this series?! I am not a fan of the hype train. What can I say, I’m a bit of a rebel and tend to walk to the beat of my own drum. Overhyped books never seem to work for me, and I don’t count the ToG series because there was no hype for me when I first read those books. I also don’t feel like having to defend my low rating of a overhyped book and people tend to get all defensive when someone lists their reasons for why they hated a popular book. I’m pretty sure the Lunar Chronicles fans would rip me to shreds, but CALM DOWN FOLKS, we all DON’T have to like the same book.
Through Twitter, I have also found a group of amazing ladies who also love New Adult as much as I did. My friends always made fun of the fact that I read NA, stating that it was juvenile and whatnot, and I wondered if they had a point. I also love books with darker themes, like ‘makes your skin crawl’ types of books, but was always afraid that others would think I’m crazy for reading certain books. Thankfully, I have found readers who enjoy the dark side and I love being able to discuss these types of books with them. I no longer feel ashamed to like the books I like because somewhere out there, there are a group of people who enjoy those types of book too, they just may be hiding as well so keep on looking!
This post was a lot of rambling and random thoughts, but in short, social media has definitely and will most likely continue playing a role when it comes to me deciding my next read. I’m not saying the Twitter dictates my TBR, but if I’m unsure of whether or not a book is worth the read, I don’t hesitate to ask those who have already read a book about their thoughts and if they enjoyed it. If your a blogger who is currently Twitterless and is still on the fence about creating one, I HIGHLY suggest you do. It will do wonders for both your social life and your reading life.
That is all for this week’s Rants & Rambles. I hope you enjoyed my random thoughts!
Has social media affected your bookworm life? If so, how?
Let me know in the comments!