A love of reading is why we bloggers are here. We would not have started entire websites devoted to something we hate.
A love of reading is what brings us together. As much as we all love the friends we know in person, we know they often do not understand our bookish sides the way fellow bloggers do.
A love of reading is what keeps us going. I blog because I adore books and want to interact with others who do too. Without that passion, any respectable blogger would be lost.
Obviously, the YA book blogging community centers around a love of reading; it is our central axis that keeps everything else in precise orbit, stopping us from spiraling into our own sections of cyberspace. But yet, it often seems that blogging can deteriorate that passion, eat away at it until all that is left is an atavistic desire to simply cram as many books into our brains as we can. And that is so incredibly sad.
This behavioral pattern makes no sense, and I am sure you know that. But still, I often feel pressured to make the number in parentheses next to my "read" shelve on Goodreads as large as possible, and I know many of you do the same thing. It is time to stop making these excuses, and I am here to tell you why.
Common Comment #1: "But that blogger reads 20 books per month! How does she do it? How is that possible? I need to be just like her!"
Common Comment #2: "I have so many books that were sent to me for review. I need to read them all before their release date and aaaaah!"Reality Check: First of all, as tempting as it may be, please do not accept review requests unless you are genuinely interested in the book being pitched. If your TBR pile is already teetering, you do not need pressure yourself to review everything before it comes out, because you have a life and no author or publisher should hold such stringent deadlines over your heads. Don't do it to yourself.
Common Comment #3: "Life is crazy so when I have a free night I need to read as much as possible."
I know I can relate to these arguments (well, at least numbers one and three), but I am doing my best to overcome such misguided paradigms. In simpler terms, I offer this advice: above all else, read what you love and love what you read. And do not let blogging be the omnipotent dictator of your TBR list.