A Book Blogger is Born



Question time:

What made you decide to start your very own book blog?

Thinking back the way it all started, I blame it all on the books.
They made me want to read more and more and they made me want to share my love for them with other people.

You see, my friends and family are so not into the kind of books I read, so I couldn’t share my impressions with them. It’s not like I didn’t try, and it is not like they wouldn’t listen, but I do know them well enough. So I decided that it was best not to make them listen to some nonsense that meant quite nothing to them and I needed to find a place where I could talk about the books I loved with other people.

Going that way I found the perfect spot and I started to post all my thoughts about the books I read on GoodReads.
I am still a big fan of that ‘network of bookaholics’ (as I call it), but with the time passing I also needed a place of my own. So I guess this is the reason why.
I am not the best blogger ever as I don’t have much time to post as often as I wish, and the blog is pretty new so there are not many people that know about it, but it is my happy place, a small part of me.

I was so happy thinking about all the things I could write about, how I wanted it to look like, how I wanted other people to like it as well, and when it was all done I really felt like a kid on Christmas Eve wishing to share it with all the people I knew in the ‘book world’.

Reading is a magical thing, it can make you feel like you are someone else, doing all crazy things you wouldn’t normally do, and I love reading just as much as I love to share my thoughts about all these beloved stories with everyone in the entire world, wishing that they could enjoy the same books just as much as I do.

It’s somehow cute and crazy in the same time, but in a good way.
I’ve met so many great people since I started this blog that it feels just right.
These days enjoying a book, writing down some notes, looking for the perfect pictures and finishing the review is part of my routine, one that I can’t seem to want or to be able to stay away from.

Thank you all for being a part of this world, for reading my reviews, for giving me feedback, for recommending me new books to read and for being as awesome as you are!

Happy midnight reading!

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17 responses to “A Book Blogger is Born”

  1. liz.dragonflychronicles says:

    Ok, so after playing with your banner for the past couple minutes (that is the coolest one I have seen yet!) I agree with what you said about friends and family. Most of them for me do not read at all or have very different taste from me. I love goodreads also, but I am like you and wanted my own space. great answer and definitely a new follower. (if only a little for your banner 🙂 )

    • Ari says:

      Hahaa, thanks, I am glad that you like it 😀
      I just remembered… another thing that made me want my own blog was that on GR I couldn’t place the pictures the way I wanted them. Seems like a minor problem but for me it’s all about the visuals, as I like to show my thoughts through images when words are not enough.
      Thanks for following, I am following you back 😉

  2. I just started my book blog about a week ago, and agree with every word you’ve said. I actually posted a similar blog today about why I started. All I can say is that I’m already addicted. Just having a space where you can rant and rave about books, while not driving your friends and family absolutely insane, is kind of nice. I hope one day my blog is almost as awesome as yours!

    • Ari says:

      Oh, thanks.. you are so sweet. Welcome to the blogging world, I hope you will have a lot of fun!
      I’ll keep an eye on your blog and I’ll see you around 🙂

  3. My book blogger friends sent me over here and wow… 🙂 They blame me for getting them started btw.

    • Ari says:

      Sometimes I blame it on my GR friends.They all have wonderful book blogs and I wanted to have one as well ;))

  4. kimba88 says:

    Yay..i love book blogging too. My friends got me started and it just took off. I enjoy reading, sharing and talking books. I couldn’t imagine my life without it.

    • Ari says:

      I know the feeling, I love to talk about the book I enjoy too.
      It’s not enough to only read and enjoy a book, I want to share that joy with everybody :))

  5. Joie @ Joie de Lire says:

    I know what you mean when you say it’s become a part of your routine! I can’t imagine my Tuesdays without TTT or Wednesdays without Book boyfriends!

    • Ari says:

      I wish I had more time, because between work, having fun and reading I have too little time for all the posts I would like to write.

  6. Johannah says:

    You are awesome! I love reading too. And I wish I had more time to blog .

  7. Lea Peerstrup Magnussen says:

    A book I think you should add to your list is “Babe in Boyland” by Jody Gehrman. I don’t see a review of it in here, but i guess chances are that you’ve already read it. Anyway if you haven’t, i recommend it as an easy read, not too long and not too complicated a plot. It is both funny and interesting – puts a different perspective on guy/girl similarities and differences and relationship. It reminded me a lot of the movie “She’s the Man” and a little of the book/movie “Dead Poets Society”.

    Didn’t really know where else i should write this, i think you need some kind of guestbook or something, where we can give you recommendations and praise you for your good work in general. Just for those kinds of comments and questions that don’t really fit in any category.

    Happy New Year!

    • Ari says:

      Hey, happy new year to you to! I hope you’ve had a great time with your loved ones! Also thanks for the suggestion, it sounds like something I would definitely need 🙂

      As for the book, I do have “Babe in Boyland” and at some point I started reading it, but then something else came out and you know how things work in the reading world – all books look shinier when they are new ;)) But I will look for it and put on top of the list such that I can get to it and have a bit of fun (I am in fact in need of fun and cute). Thanks for the rec 😉

      See you around!

    • Ari says:

      Oh, I still didn’t get to implement the recommendations sections (I am in fact working on a redesign for the whole blog and it takes a lot of work *pheww*) so I will use for now the ‘ask a question’ feature on tumblr. I put a button in the sidebar and here’s the link: http://readingaftermidnight.tumblr.com/ask for future reference 😉

      Happy reading!

    • Ari says:

      Thank you so much for nominating me.
      I am not sure if I’ll find the time to do a similar featured post (it would be also terribly hard to pick the nominations), but I appreciate being on your list.

      A few random things about myself?
      1. I am probably twice the age of a regular YA reader.
      2. In my teen years I wasn’t much into reading, I was more of a party girl.
      3. I hate it when I don’t enjoy a story, reading is my refuge and I feel like the book is betraying me when I can’t get into it the way I want.
      4. This should be a secret, but by the end of the year my family will have one more member.
      5. I do believe that reading is more about ourselves and less about the stories we read.
      6. I dream of an entire library of my own (and day by day my shelves are getting bigger, so this dream is getting closer bit by bit)
      7. I love my blog too, it’s everything I ever wanted!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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