Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers. (Meme description taken from The Broke and the Bookish)

1. Goodreads- This is hands down the best resource I've found for tracking the books I've read, what I've thought of them, what new releases are coming out, etc. I don't know how readers were able to keep track of it all before the advent of this website.

2. Public Library- Free books. Free books. Did I mention FREE BOOKS?

3. Twitter- Social media in general would probably be a better title to put here. Twitter has enabled me to talk with authors or other publishing professionals I never believed I would see in person. I can enter/run contests easily with this site. I am able to connect with a range of readers. It's a wonderful tool.

4. Blogger- While Blogger definitely frustrates me at certain moments, like when the website is down or things aren't posting correctly. However, having a platform I trust and can rely on is a huge part of being a book blogger. Without it I might have been too intimidated by Wordpress and frustrated by Livejournal to maintain a blog.

5. Alphabetization- When in book stores, used, indie or chain I really appreciate books being alphabetized so I can actually find what I'm looking for. This may seem like common sense. Still, a local used bookstore I go to is terrible with keeping their selections alphabetized and it is maddening to look for a specific book or author and not be able to find it in the proper place.

6. The Internet- I would not be able to run a blog or interact with any of the lovely people I've met online without the wonder of the Internet. This would make me very sadface. (Also, you have no idea how hard it was not to end that title with "is for p**n." Darn you Avenue Q!)

7. Smart Phones- With them I'm able to access my Goodreads and my blog away from home, take photos of books in the wild, call friends to ask if they want a certain book as a gift, take notes in an app about what books look interesting. Technology truly is frickin' amazing.

8. Publishers Weekly- While I don't use this resource as wisely as I should, I still appreciate having it in my back pocket. Their rights reports are what I look at most frequently. I love being one of the first to know when an author I love has sold a new series or there are new books by new authors to get excited about.

9. Feedly (RIP Google Reader)- Alas, poor Google Reader, I knew thee well.I didn't know about feed readers at all until about two years ago when I saw a blogger mentioning they wanted to clean out their old subscriptions on Google Reader. I thought bloggers/readers spent two hours visiting each website every day. This is not true! Most of them use a feed reader to organize and consolidate. I don't know how I would be able to sift through all of that information now without a feed reader.

10. Authors, Publicists, Bloggers and Readers- My best resources of information, biggest cheerleaders, friendliest conversationalists, my community, etc. There is no way I would have made it this far in blogging with the support of all these awesome people. They make me want to get up at five in the morning to post about a new book release I'm drooling over. You can't beat that!

Happy Reading,


  1. Thanks for sharing your great list. :) I love the library and their FREE books haha. I think I would be broke if I bought the amount of books that I borrow from the library.

    My TTT: http://www.bookythoughtsandme.com/top-ten-tuesdays-things-that-make-your-life-as-a-blogger-easierbetter/

  2. Here's mine:
    1. Goodreads
    2. Amazon/B&N
    3. Publishers
    4. Various blog meme's
    5. The Library

  3. I've been looking for a replacement for Google Reader so thank you for the tip, I'll go check out Feedly. Now if only more of my friends would join goodreads (I really love that site).


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