This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic (hosted by The Broke and Bookish) is Top Ten Things that Make My Life as a Blogger/Reader Easier/Better.
Goodreads – This site has completely changed the way I read. I have found so many amazing books using their recommendations, lists, and forum and am eternally grateful for it. I love being able to organize my TBR and Read shelf too. Every time I am creating a Top Ten Tuesday, my first stop is my Goodreads list to jog my memory. I also love getting their newsletters. I think I get a romance one, a young adult one, and one by authors I have liked. They are always a great way to stay up to date with new releases.
Amazon – Besides having amazing deals on e-books which make the book hoarder inside me very happy, Amazon does a great job with suggesting new titles. If I am looking for something new and want to go on a whim (instead of relying on reviews from one of my many reliable sources), I turn to Amazon suggestions. I do not think I have gotten a bad one yet and I have found many new authors in the process.
Bloglovin’ – Bloglovin’, where have you been all my life? What a great way to organize the hundreds of blogs I follow! I love being able to see them all in one centralized place. It definitely makes reading posts much easier.
NetGalley – I try to avoid NetGalley as to not get myself into too much trouble, but being able to request and receive free ARCs makes me feel like a kid in a candy store and it can be a great opportunity.
My Sexy Nexy - I love my Nexus tablet. I love being able to read inside, outside, upside down, right side up, in the light, in the dark. I love being able to take notes and bookmark and highlight. I love being able to buy new books at the touch of a button and have them instantaneously. I love being able to travel and bring one tablet that weighs 1 pound and holds hundreds of books instead of weighing down my carry on with hardcopies. I also love that I can buy books from all the major e-book sellers (Amazon, BN, Google Play, Itunes) and house them all on my one device.
Twitter – I have found Twitter is a very useful tool for connecting with authors, publishers, and other bloggers. I love being able to share new titles, see authors during the writing process, and creating a deeper connection with everyone. I find it is also a great way to spread the news about what’s going on at my blog.
Other Bloggers – I have learned so much about blogging from other bloggers. I have read countless “how-to” posts and found them very helpful. I love that as a community, we book bloggers seem very open to helping each other.
Rafflecopter – I have recently started getting more into hosting giveways. I have 3 going on right now! Check them out! Out from Under You, The Solitude of Passion, and Love Life and Circumstance. Rafflecopter has been a very useful tool in creating those.
ShelfAwareness – I receive the Reader and Pro newsletters from ShelfAwareness and have found them very helpful. I learn about new books and authors as well as spotlights on local bookstores and conferences. ShelfAwareness is a good source for ARCS too.
Boston Public Library – The BPL has a slew of e-books available to borrow in a number of different formats! I take advantage whenever I can.
What makes your reader/blogger life easier? Do you use any of the tools on my list?