Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about bookish discoveries I made in 2019. From authors to books to apps and blogs, I discovered so much when I became part of the bookish community last year and here are some of my favorites!
While I only really DNF’d a few books in 2019, I usually made myself suffer through books I wasn’t enjoying until I realized I didn’t actually have to. I know what it sounds like: “Reader learns she doesn’t have to read if she doesn’t want to”, but I always thought that a book would get better and would hold out hope until the very bitter end, where I was usually disappointed anyway.
2. Book Clubs
2019 was the year I found and joined the book club I’m very fond of, Pages and Prose! I could tell you how amazing, incredible and welcoming this book club is and I still couldn’t tell you enough great things about it. It’s a wonderful community with even more wonderful people that I look forward to chatting with every day.
So, I cannot express how joining a book club within the book community, or even just a discussion group, can make the experience all the more worthwhile.
3. Audiobooks and Ebooks
Last year, I also discovered audiobooks and started using some audiobook sites, like Libby and Audible
Incorporating audiobooks into my reading repertoire allowed me to read more by fitting reading into other parts of my day, like driving or working out, and created a more lively reading experience that I’ve found I really enjoy.
I also started reading more ebooks. I love ebooks. From the usual reasons people give, like being able to carry hundreds of books on one, small device, to just having a wider access to books. I love shopping for ebook deals because it allows me to read a book and support an author while on a budget.
4. Reading Trackers
I use reading trackers rather broadly, because I mean pretty much everything from spreadsheets I threw together to using Goodreads to track how many books I read throughout the year. While I do have some/a lot of issues and reservations about Goodreads, I like to use it to see what my friends are reading and see how my reading stats pan out at the end of the year.
I do also want to use more spreadsheets to track my reading, spending, and more as the year goes on. I have a few that I want to test out and get a feel for to potentially use throughout the year.
But, one app I will definitely be using is the My Library app. As far as I know, the app is only available on Android/Google Play, but it’s a way to catalog a personal library that also offers statistics with read and unread books. I used to just keep a spreadsheet, but I feel like this will make the entire process so much easier.
5. Book Sleeves
I know this feels a little bit like an obvious one, too (and not all that much of a ‘discovery’, either), but I never really thought about buying, or even making my own, book sleeves for my books until I saw people using them when I joined Book Twitter. I remember making them out of paper bags for textbooks (a different kind of sleeve, sure, but still a sleeve) to protect them from whatever it was middle schoolers and teenagers put their books through, but I hadn’t thought of doing the same for my own personal library.
While having a book sleeve isn’t a necessity–you can definitely travel with and preserve your books just fine without them–I like to use them if I’m travelling with a book that’s either not mine or one I want to keep in really good condition. Books should look like however you think books should look like, and if keeping them in new or like-new condition is what you want to do, book sleeves can be a great way of doing so while also adding some style.
That’s all I have for this post. What are some of your favorite discoveries you made this past year?
Thanks for reading!