I still remember the exact moment that little me discovered that there were not only other people who liked to read, but also people who liked to talk about books. A whole new world opened up in front of me when I found out about this side of the internet. It was so much fun to see all those people talk about books they liked (or didn’t!) but to be honest: I didn’t have a clue what they were talking about because I had barely read any YA books.
That was a few years ago, of course, but after watching so many booklovers talk about their experiences with books something inside of me started to want to do the same thing. It took me a while to really start something but a while ago I started a bookstagram, a little after that my bookblog followed and now I’m also semi-active on booktwitter and thinking about starting a booktok.
Because of all these little pieces of the bookcommunity I’m a part of, you could say I get influenced a lot. I mean, it’s kind of hard to not get influenced when people are constantly screaming about their favourite books. But being influenced by others doesn’t have to be a bad thing, it’s what we bookbloggers (and etc.) are for, after all! Today, in the first “episode” of Let’s discuss, I will be talking about the ways I‘ve been influenced by our dear bookcommunity!
Now, let’s start with the most obvious change: the amount of books I read. Seriously, it’s absurd! Last year I read a little over thirty books and this year I’m probably gonna end up at about a hundred books…Sorry, but that literally blows my mind. HOW?! I do understand how this happened though. The bookcommunity didn’t just make me fall in love with reading, it made me discover it’s my passion. And constantly seeing books everywhere is kinda motivating I guess.
But it doesn’t stop there. The amount of physical books I own is another thing that has increased a lot. I’ve been reading for a few years now and thus collecting books (since I have this weird obsession where I just have to own the books that I read/like). My collection has been multiplied by three. THREE! Again, that’s just absurd! This may be an influence that leans more to being bad than good, but if I’m being honest? Buying books and owning them makes me happy! As long as I don’t lose control, I don’t see a problem.
I think none of you can really see me not reading fantasy (or even YA, if we’re gonna dig a little deeper). YA is about 90% of what I read (maybe even more…) and fantasy is my favourite genre. But, and this is a big one, I only discovered fantasy in 2020! This is actually crazy to me because I live, eat, and breathe fantasy. How did I survive? Well, I didn’t really because I’ve been dead for seven years (I love you if you get that reference), but that’s a conversation for another time…So, ehm, yeah, a lot has changed since then.
Another change where I’m thinking how did I survive? is the fact that before February 2020 I had never read anything apart from physical books. Because of the bookcommunity I wanted to try out audiobooks and I LOVED them. I did stop my audiobook subscription because my love for them started to fade away, but I’m still so happy that I discovered them! And then, after joining the community, I started to get contacted for e-ARCS (review copies, but as ebooks!). First I read them on my phone, but then I decided to purchase an e-reader AND I LOVE IT!!!
When I joined the bookcommunity I had one 1-star book, a few 4-star books and the rest of them were 5-star books. I think this is a pretty normal thing and it definitely has to do with growing up too, but most of it is because of the influence of the people around me: I’ve become a little bit critical. I don’t know, lots of people tell me I should just enjoy a book/movie/whatever but I’m proud of my critical mind. Because of it I’m able to realise things are problematic faster than most people my age and, in my opinion, when I enjoy a book that feeling is stronger now than it was back then!
The last change I want to talk about is the most important one to me: I’m less lonely. If you don’t know, my mental health has been really bad for, like, five years now, but the last months my little booktopia and all its residents have made me feel better! You’ve made me stronger and whenever I’m feeling bad, I know where to go.
So, conclusion? There’s the good and there’s the bad, of course, but I couldn’t be more grateful to be a part of this amazing community! I’ve matured a lot in the months I’ve been here and it has also given me a better understanding of what I want in life, what I want to do and become. Joining this part of the internet has been the best decision I’ve ever made. Thank you to everyone who supports me and my growing friend-list (if you ever wanna talk, just hit me up! I’ve heard that I come across as intimidating, but I’m always so happy when someone messages me!)!
I think that’s about everything I have to say for this episode of Let’s discuss! I hope you enjoyed this new sort of post and if you ever think of something you want to hear my experience with, let me know! But this wouldn’t be called Let’s discuss if we didn’t discuss today’s topic:
Let me know about something that has (drastically) changed since you joined the bookcommunity down below! Let’s discuss!