How Many Books Make a Book Blogger?

I recently watched a youtube video by the booktuber Cindy Reads where she talks about only having 4 books in her whole collection. This got me thinking about my own experience over the last year and a half of book blogging.
I remember when I first began and anytime I saw another blogger’s beautiful collection of floor to ceiling books I firstly felt admiration then a tiny sense of inadequacy. It’s probably super silly but I did feel like I didn’t have enough books to be a book blogger and that if I haven’t read all the extremely hyped YA books that we all see floating around then I wouldn’t be qualified to discuss and talk about books in this space… Which is of course beyond stupid especially knowing myself that I don’t like to stick to one genre; so I couldn’t possibly have read all the books from it.

Since then I realised that my tiny city centre apartment cannot possibly handle the rate I was buying books to try and keep up with new releases. So I’ve taken to only buying a new release if its something I’m extremely interested in especially when a new hardback can set you back Β£15 which very quickly add up!
Now I mostly read Ebooks, Library books and audiobooks it might not look as impressive but I have completely come to terms with the fact that as a full time worker & adult, I’m never going to be able to read ALL the books I see. I’ve also massively grown to love my smallish collection of books (120ish) visiting my main shelf regularly and looking at my most loved stories.

I guess what I have learned is having a huge collection isn’t always achievable for a number of factors. But Most importantly the number of books in my home has no impact on your worth as a book blogger.

P.S I genuinely adore seeing peoples bookshelves (my fave videos are shelf tours) so I hope this didn’t come across as negative, I just wanted to share my perspective on the feelings I’m sure lots of us have had. Sending love to you all.🌼

26 thoughts on “How Many Books Make a Book Blogger?

  1. I feel like it’s something that keeps circulation in the book community, that you need everything to be a good blogger or bookstagrammer. And I don’t doubt special editions add to that, but I’m glad to see a lot of people speak against this. I absolutely love this post. Thank you for speaking out

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  2. I loved this post! Sometimes I feel like I don’t have enough books in my shelf to be a book blogger too so I completely agree with everything you said here

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  3. Hi Elysia, I found you through New Bloggers. This is an excellent post and I can totally relate. When I first started book blogging I initially had this overwhelming feeling that i was falling behind others because I wasn’t reading the latest titles or the most popular ones. It took me a while to remember that I created a blog to discuss the books that I personally loved in the first place, and that meant being comfortable with my own reading habits.

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  4. I completely agree with you on the hole thing about feeling inadequate when looking at others bookshelves when first starting off. Sadly, unlike you I keep on buying books, but its okay for me in my mind as it means I am directly supporting the author and I try and aim my money towards indie author and self-published authors. The library really is an amazing place though. Have a great day and thank you for reading my comment πŸ™‚

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  5. I am always in AWE of Cindy and her four book collection, and love that she uses it as an opportunity to encourage library use. I definitely have had feelings of inadequacy when seeing other people’s collections – I have always wanted a Belle library with a ladder! – but I prefer to buy books I love and will want to re-read. I don’t think a book blogger needs to buy books at all, and I love seeing people using their libraries and other options… especially bookstagram pics of eBooks.

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  6. I completely agree with you. I just started exploring new book genres and am totally loving it! Great post Elysia!
    Btw I too blog @ The Confessions Of A Music And Book Addict and would appreciate some support!
    Stay safe,
    -Prutha xoxo

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  7. Good post, Elysia. I think every bookworm alive would like a huge library in their home but in the real world we compromise.
    Most of my books are ebooks too, although I went to my first book signing event last September and now have a small collection of signed paperbacks. I’m looking to go to another one, once the UK lockdown has been lifted and I can find one I want to attend.
    Enjoy your collection of treasures. x

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