Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish, where the writers, like me, are particularly fond of lists.
This week's topic is...top 10 thing that make my life as a reader/book blogger easier.
1. The library
I can't praise my local library service enough. As a youngster, there is no way I would have been able to afford all the books I read, so the library was an invaluable resource. As an adult, I like to support my local library so it can give others the same opportunities I had. Libraries are a gateway to the whole world, and I adore them.
2. The internet
Where else would I find out about new books, read posts by bloggers and order books I just can't wait to go into a shop and buy?
Because while the internet is great, there's nothing like being surrounded by shelves and shelves of new or second hand books. The internet won't be able to replicate the lovely smell of paper for a while.
I've only recently started following many, many publishers on Twitter, and I'm discovering a whole host of new authors and books through the medium.
Okay, I know it's not the best blogging platform out there, but I'm time poor and Blogger is pretty simple to use, so I like it.
Bloggers are great for finding out about book stuff and for encouraging my love of literature.
A weird one, but I love bookmarks. I'm one of those people who absolutely can't turn the corners of pages, so I need bookmarks to help me keep my place.
8. My mobile phone
Another strange one, but if I'm browsing in a bookshop or the library and see a book I want to read but haven't got time to at the moment, I'll take a photo of it and store it in my phone so I remember it for the future.
This is another tool I've only recently started using, but I'm enjoying interacting with other people, seeing what they're reading and discovering new books.
Because I'm a little bit OCD, I need somewhere I can organise my books in alphabetical order by author's surname, and piling them up on the floor doesn't enable me to do that. Hurrah for bookshelves.
What makes your life as a reader/blogger easier?