Book Bloggers are Awesome

Thursday, July 28, 2011

(Sandy and me at lunch)

What's the best thing about book blogging?

That's right, the bloggers! I love so many things about having a book blog, but by far my favorite thing is the community of fellow bloggers. You people give me amazing reading recommendations. You point out things I might have missed in books and start great discussions. You encourage me to try books I may never have picked up. All-in-all I love you guys.

So last week when I had the chance to get together with one you you I jumped at the chance. Sandy, who writes You've GOTTA read this, was swinging through my stomping ground and we had a chance to meet up. We had lunch at one of my favorite Mexican dives and hit it off immediately. That's the thing about book bloggers, even if we have nothing in common, we share a love of reading and books, so there's never a shortage of things to discuss.

Luckily for us, we did have lots of other things in common as well. We went to the same college, we both love to travel and we have an obsessive love of audiobooks, etc. Sandy's blog is one of the first I found when I started The Avid Reader's Musings and I was thrilled to find out that her great sense of humor and bubbling (in an awesome way) personality are the same in real life as they are one her blog. If I hadn't of had to head back to work, I think we could have talked all afternoon.

Meeting Sandy (and my meet up last year with Jeanne at Necromancy Never Pays) reminded me how grateful I am to have a platform that introduces me to so many great people and fellow readers. I could go my whole life without meeting some of you, but thankfully, the internet allows us to take our collective shared interests and find each other sprinkled throughout the world. It's so wonderful to know that there are people out there who think "listening" to a book is amazing, who love the smell of old books, who stress out about what books to pack when you go on vacation and who often close a book and find themselves bursting with the desire to talk about it.


*Photo by our waitress

15 comments:

Nymeth said...

You're so lucky to have met Sandy and Jeanne! And they to have met you, of course. The community is definitely my favourite thing about blogging too.

Sandy Nawrot said...

I had so much fun, and you betcha we will have to make this an annual thing, every time I come to visit my parents. (Hey, I'd take that Mexican place anytime...so yummy!) Book bloggers certainly do have an amazing, cohesive community!

Heather said...

How cool that you two could meet up!! I've only met one book blogger, Rebecca from Lost in Books, and we hit it off immediately too. Like you say, book bloggers do not lack things to talk about!!

Brenna said...

So fun! I've yet to meet a book blogger in real life, but I hope to sometime soon! And if I'm ever in the Indianapolis area I will let you know! :)

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

Nymeth - Even if you never meet the people in real life, it's wonderful to get to know them through their blogs.

Sandy - I'm in and I'm always up for Mexican.

Heather - Love Rebecca, it'd be fun to get to meet both her and you!

Brenna - Yes, if you're ever in Indy you'll have to let me know. I have a feeling we'd hit it off.

Suey said...

All you say, so true so true! Looks like you had a ton of fun.

Jillian said...

Aw sounds like you had a great time!! I'd love to meet other book bloggers too. Maybe for BEA 12? ;)

Jeanne said...

In addition to everything else you said, I love meeting people I feel like I already know when I'm in a city strange to me. It made the necessity of traveling to my son's chess tournament much more fun for me since I got to meet you in person!

Jenners said...

So cool!! I think Sandy is awesome ... and you as well!! I wish I had been able to join you guys. I have yet to meet any book bloggers in real life ... I hope to change that someday soon.

Jessica said...

Its cool putting faces t blogs isn't it? Yeah for the internet!

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

Jillian - I'm really hoping BEA '12 might actually work. Wouldn't that be a blast!

Jeanne - I was so glad that worked out too. You were my first blogger I met!

Jenners - I wish you could have been there too. We'll have to meet up at some point.

Jessica - Yes, it's different to actually meet the people behind the blogs. So much fun.

Care said...

Awesome! It IS fun to meet bookbloggers. My real-life friends are horrified that I am eager to meet people that I *know* online.

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

Care - Ha, yes. People who don't blog think it's "weird" to meet up with other bloggers. What can I say, I like to live dangerously.

Natalie~Coffee and a Book Chick said...

I love meeting fellow book bloggers, and I've met the incredible Sandy as well last year - what a treat!

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

Natalie - Isn't she great!