I like books. I like blogging. So it would make sense that I like books about blogging right? It occured to me recently that I have actually read a lot of books that contain blogs/social media as a big part of the book. However, not many of them are well known books. I've had a look back at the ones that I've read and picked out a few that really stood out. Sometimes I read books about blogging and think it's amazing how the author has managed to capture the community. And sometimes they get it so wrong that it's hilarious! But here are a few that stand out for me, some in a good way and others not so much...
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell - This is one of my favourite books of all time. It is just so nice and cute and mushy but excellent and I just want to burst with excitement when I start talking about it. The main character is an identical twin who is very socially awkward. She relies a lot on her more sociable twin and is really hit hard when her twin says that she doesn't want to share a dorm room with her at university. She feels all alone and is trying to discover herself. She also writes a really popular fan fiction series and is struggling to find her own writing style with her own ideas. A big part of the story is about Cath trying to work out what she wants to do with her website/blog and fitting it around university life. There is a bit of romance in this book but really it's about growing up, finding your independence and realising where you stand in the world. Rainbow Rowell's books are getting more and more popular which is great because she totally deserves it.
Adorkable by Sarra Manning - The main character in this book isn't actually very likeable but she's a teenager who has found online fame through her blog. Her blog is called 'Adorkable' and her online 'goal' is to bring everyone who isn't considered to be traditionally attractive together. This book really considers how social media doesn't always portray the true representation of someone's life. For example the author of this blog is actually quite lonely and unhappy. She's quite difficult to like as a character but I've read this book twice and it always makes for a good read.
This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp - Ok so maybe I'm tweaking the rules with this one as blogging isn't really the main focus but it's such an interesting book I couldn't not include it. This book is set in an American school during a shooting. The whole book takes place within an hour and the story is told minute by minute with perspectives from lots of different characters. Some of the kids are tweeting from inside the school and the daughter of one of the teachers is putting updates on her blog all whilst it is happening. The idea of a book about a school shooting is interesting enough but the way that this story is told makes it even more interesting. My copy is a proof copy I was given by a friend who had finished it but the actual book has now been published. I'd seriously recommend it!
Leave Your Mark by Aliza Licht - This is the only non fiction novel that I've included. Aliza Licht is giving career advice in this book but also lots of information about how to gain a strong presence on social media or using your blog. I found the writing style of this to be really easy to read and I liked that Aliza added some personal stories to break up the advice content. It reads like 50% autobiography 50% advice book which is a nice break. I've written a full review of this book which you can read here. I've read a few blog/social media advice books and this is definitely one of my favourites.
Girl Online by Zoe Sugg - So if you haven't heard of this book by now then you are seriously living under a rock. Zoella's novel caused a lot of controversy when it was discovered that the book had been ghost written. You can read my book review here and my blog post about the controversy here. Despite it not being entirely written by Zoe I think her voice carries in it very well. The main character is actually pretty annoying and honestly her blogging success is a little bizarre. If I could gain thousands of followers overnight by blogging about an embarrassing experience then I'd be telling everyone about that time that I once accidentally said hamburger instead of Hamburg during my German tutorial at university..... wait hang on, am I going off track? The book reads like a super stereotypical teenage fiction novel. But sometimes I really love a bit of rubbish YA because it's an easy read and it makes me feel a lot better about myself. Is that harsh? Maybe a little.
Have you read any books about blogging? Leave me any recommendations in the comments.