Why are book tags and memes so popular?

Before I joined the book blogging community and a couple weeks in, I had no idea what book tags and memes were. I hopped, from book blog to book blog, from reading reviews to other kind of posts featuring books when I first stumbled upon my first book tag. Then I saw a hundred posts named “Top Ten Tuesday” all around. As I read on and continued my adventure in the book blogging community, I quickly realized that, yes,

Book tags and memes are apparently a “thing” in the book blogging community.

Qualifing this as a “thing” means, for me, that enough people are doing it for it to become quite popular among the blogosphere.

What are book tags?

I have been looking for a proper definition of a book tag all around, but I don’t know if it’s something that just suddenly happened, or something that has been clearly defined altogether at first, so I will just ramble on. For me – and for the purpose of defining what I’m going to be talking about in this post, a book tag is a blog post, usually on a theme and made of questions that you have to answer using, well, books. Like, “What’s one character you could really relate to?”, “I loved Angel from the brilliant I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman”, following by a massive rant about how Alice Oseman is an incredible (and so young!) writer etc. etc.

Oops, I think you lost me. I also think you understood what I meant now, by book tag, hopefully?

For a better idea of book tags, feel free to check out some book tags I did on the blog!

What are book memes?

If you haven’t been in the blogosphere long enough, you might not be quite familiar with book memes, but they’re pretty easy to find. They are all around, everywhere, called Top Ten Tuesday, Waiting on Wednesday, Top 5 Tuesday… The idea altogether is the same as a book tag, in the sense that you get a theme and you have to answer with books of your choice. Yet, book memes are done on a regular basis on a blog, with different prompts each week.

You know what? I kind of suck at defining things, so I’m going to link back to Top Ten Tuesday’ official page for an extensive definition, in case you’re not familiar with it. Also, to Dani’s Book Blogging Meme directory, in case you want to find our more about it.

Now that’s out in the open and that we know what I want to rant about a little better… Well, rant I shall.

Why are book tags and book memes so popular in the book blogging community?

When I first started blogging, I used to participate in book memes. Every week on my blog, you could see a Top Ten Tuesday post and, earlier on in my blogging years, a Waiting on Wednesday post. As a young, shy and awkward book blogger, I was just taking my first steps in this community and, let me tell you, I felt out of place and so nervous about everything. Also, I knew I wanted to blog and to talk about books, but I had NO idea where to start.

Book memes, first and book tags, a little later on, gave me an idea of where I should start.

  • They give you ideas when you are short on inspiration

Book blogging is hard, friends. In order to feel part of the community, to grow and everything else, you have to post on a regular basis. Yet, finding ideas is so hard, at times. We are not robots, nor can we think and brainstorm for ideas all day long. Taking part in book memes and book tags feels easy, in a way: you have questions, you have a theme prepared and all you have to do is think about it and develop it in your blog post. It gives you a start.

  • They are, more often than not, a ton of fun to do!

I’m not going to lie: I spend A LOT of time answering questions to book tags. They take a little while, because you have to think, scroll through goodreads, find a book idea, remember the books you’ve read and boy, that’s hard. Yet, they’re also SO much fun to do. Some questions are fun, some prompts are fun too and they give you an occasion to rack your mind and try to remember about all the books.

  • They are giving you an excuse to recommend more books

Seriously – as book bloggers, we don’t need ANY kind of excuse to talk about books. I know that. Yet, you know, participating in book tags and book memes just make you talk about books more, so… why not.

  • They help you grow your blog

YES. Let’s talk about the stats, people. I used to do Top Ten Tuesdays a couple years ago, every single week and I’m going to be honest: Top Ten Tuesdays made my statistics sky-rocket, both in terms of visitors, views and comments. Memes are such a great opportunity to put yourself out there and to find out about more book bloggers, too.

  • They make you feel part of a community

There’s a reason why so many people are doing book tags and participating in book memes. I know when I first started and I know when I see it now, that they are amazing ways to feel part of something big. SO many people are participating in the Top Ten Tuesday meme, for instance. You can find out about TONS of book bloggers this way, you can discover new people, talk about books. Feel part of something. The same principle applies to book tags – when someone tags you to answer some questions, when you can tag others at the end of your blog post and so on.

I think I get why book tags and memes are so popular in the book blogging community and, to be honest, there’s not much that makes me happier than to see people having fun with it all.

My take on book tags and memes

Personally, I love book tags and I love book memes, too. I appreciate reading it – they’re quick and fun posts to read, easy to start a conversation with someone, too, because there are so many books and answers that you can easily find something to talk about with the other blogger.

If you take a look at my blog, though, you’ll find book tags occasionally and bookish memes disappearing a long time ago. I stopped participating in Top Ten Tuesdays exactly two years ago, because it took a little bit too much of my time and I wanted my blog to focus on other things. I am still writing book tags occasionally, because they are a lot of fun to answer and I genuinely LOVE being tagged by other people for these kind of things (though I have to apologize. I have a draft with all of my book tags in it and some are dated back to 2015. Oops. Give me more time to do all the tags please?).

It’s so easy to see why the book blogging community is swarming in book tags and bookish memes all around. They’re fun and they bring you a lot, both in terms of blogging and personally -you know, you need to make that memory work to remember the books….- and they’re also filled with inspiration. I wouldn’t write this blog post if it weren’t for these.

Do you like doing book tags and book memes? Why, or why not?Β 
What advantages do you find to participating in these kind of posts? What do they bring you? I’d love to know in comments!

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96 thoughts on “Why are book tags and memes so popular?

  1. I love memes! I only regularly do Top Ten Tuesday now, I like how I can put my own spin on the prompts and find new books. I used to do one almost every day but now it’s just the one.
    I’ve only recently started doing tags and I quite enjoy them – its difficult to find a time to post them though so they usually get pushed back for when I’m struggling with content or too busy.
    Cora | http://www.teapartyprincess.co.uk

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    1. Oh yes that’s fantastic – I love how creative some people are with the top ten tuesday prompts, it’s so great to read them πŸ˜€ and it’s always good to see ALL the books everywhere and recommendations, even if it is so wrong for the TBR πŸ˜‚
      I’m with you about tags – they are fun to do, but I tend to keep them when I am lacking inspiration or something, too πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on this, Cora!! ❀ ❀

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  2. Great discussion! When I first started blogging around 2015, I didn’t like tags so much. As you mention, they can take a lot of time to answer and then there was always the stress of being tagged by a lot of people for the same tag at the same time and the question “Oh man, who do I tag now?” (I actually used to think I needed to do research to make sure I didn’t tag anyone who had already been tagged!)

    It never occurred to me back then that you could keep repeating the tag, answering each set of questions! And so that you don’t overload people with your tags, you can set aside a day (mine’s now Saturday) for them so that people know when to expect them.

    I just started doing the occasional TTT and I was really surprised by the blog stats for yesterday’s blog post! So I can definitely second your assertion that it’s definitely a way to grow your blog. But I follow blogs where all they post is memes, and they can get exhaustive. Especially if they don’t put much thought or energy into making their posts stand out. So relying on them can be a double-edged sword.

    I think you make a great point, that if your new it can be a nice way to dip your feet into the community ❀

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    1. Oh yes, I get what you mean – tags can feel a little stressful! I used to feel that way, too, did not know who to tag, was not sure whether or not I could do that tag, I already did it, etc… it was complicated πŸ˜‚ I feel like I’m much more relaxed with them all now and really, people don’t pay attention to whether you did it or not, they just have fun reading it so that’s good πŸ˜€

      I understand what you mean – as fun as TTT and memes can be, it’s exhausting and.. not that interesting to only find that in blogs, it’s good to put them with some other original content and reviews to make the blog stand out, like you say πŸ˜€

      Thank you so, so much for taking the time to share your thoughts on the topic, that means a lot! ❀ ❀

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  3. I love book tags (love stealing tags from the blogs that I read) and book memes (even if I never participated in one lol)

    I feel like tags and memes, in general, are much easier to join in the conversation compared to more personal post especially sensitive topics like depression or anxiety because I’m afraid I’m gonna unintentionally offend people with my words.

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    1. Oh YES, I completely agree with you about that – the fact that there are themes, questions and things like that, makes it a bit easier and a bit less, stressful, to get into a new blog post, because you have some sort of guidelines πŸ™‚
      I am certain though that you would do great with any kind of post, really, trust your voice and your words, read other blog posts on the topics you’re interested in, varied point of views and maybe share some of them in your posts to share differents opinions, too πŸ™‚
      Thank you so, so much for your sweet comment! ❀ ❀

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  4. Book tags and memes are probably one of my favorite things about the community as a whole because it gives you the opportunity to get to know a blogger/reader a bit more – what tropes do they love? who are their favorite ships? their favorite books? Tags and memes are the easiest and quickest way to learn about all of that, plus as you said they are easy conversation starters!

    I used to do memes quite regularly when I first started blogging because it introduced me to the book community at a much bigger level – you no longer feel like you’re talking into the void. I found a good number of people I still follow through memes early on! For the most part, I don’t really participate in memes anymore as I kept repeating the same books over and over again which took the fun out of it for me, but tags are something I enjoy doing and want to do more often again.

    As far as positives about participating in memes and tags, I feel like you covered that quite well already and I don’t really have anything else to add. They’re a fantastic way to dive into the community and to find new people within which can be so much fun!

    Thank you for sharing this post, Marie! I really enjoyed reading it and your take on memes and tags! ❀

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    1. I so agree with you on that – they are so useful to get to know a blogger quickly and surely, with so many interesting questions at times – and GREAT ways to find out about new books to add to our TBRs, too πŸ˜‚

      I’m with you about participating in memes – I often felt like I ended up talking aboubt the same books over and over again, since I’m not reading 100+ books per year, I often already talked about all the books I recently read and… well, it gets a bit less fun πŸ˜‚ they’re always fun to read though πŸ˜€

      Thank YOU so, so much for always taking the time to share your thoughts and opinion on my discussions, this means so much ❀ ❀ ❀

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    1. Aww, well I am certain it will happen again – and if you find a tag you enjoy on someone’s blog, feel free to participate, to, by linking back to the blog where you found it! Even if people didn’t tag you personally, they always love seeing new answers to a tag, I know I do πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for your comment! πŸ™‚

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  5. I liked doing tags intially but after some time it became repetitive, took too much time and it’s big task to decide who to tag because not everyone likes it. So now I just do tags that are unique and fun.
    I participate in only one meme that’s Monday meme (IMWAYR) because I’m a moody reader and decide only a week ago what I plan to read, plus I don’t do haul post or reveal any other way which books are added on TBR, nor I do weekly update post. So This meme is exactly I can answer all of that at once.
    My readers like to know what I’m reading, what have finished and what I’m planning to read, they comment back with their current read and start conversation more than my reviews or any other post. so it’s definitely successful so far.

    I like top 10 Tuesday but I I’m not participating in it.
    As of now I’m keeping tags memes to minimum because no matter how popular they are I love to write reviews and so reading and that two takes all the time of the week. πŸ˜‰

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    1. Apologies for the late answer! I have no idea why your comment got lost in my spams 😦
      I understand your point, sometimes book tags get a bit repetitive, and I also get nervous about who I should or should not tag. I don’t want people to feel forced to answer this, but I also want to spread the love and to start conversations. It’s complicated sometimes, haha πŸ™‚
      It’s so great that you found a meme that you love and that works out well for you! I guess we all have our things that we prefer doing, and what matters is that we focus on these for sure πŸ˜€
      Exactly! I’m with you on that. I enjoy doing tags every now and then, but I also really want to focus more on my reviews and discussions, too, so tags more often than not get a bit forgotten. I guess that’s okay, as long as we do what we want haha πŸ™‚
      Thank you so, so much for your sweet comment! πŸ˜€

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  6. Haha, I just came here from reading tag posts. I’m trying to find a fall-themed tag to do.

    I love tags and memes. Mostly because they help me discover new blogs. I actually go through the linkups and comment on as many blogs as I have time to read. I met almost all of my blogger friends through meme linkups.

    Also, I’ve been blogging for 5 years and am out of post ideas. I’m happy when a meme suggests topics for me.

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    1. Well… that was destiny, you had to come here? πŸ˜‚ I’m happy you’re there!! ❀

      Linkups are amazing for sure, I found out about so many incredible bloggers this way and I found so many blogging friends thanks to these, too πŸ˜€

      And oh, yes, they're GREAT for inspiration, too, I have to agree with you about that ❀
      Thank you so, so much for your comment! ❀ ❀

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  7. Wonderful post, Marie! ❀️ I have very similar feelings about book tags and weekly memes, and stopped doing Top Ten Tuesdays because the categories felt repetitive and I wanted to focus on other things on the blog. This week however, I did enjoy the prompt for TTT, so I actually participated in the meme this week for the first time in months! I think that tags and memes are a lovely way for bloggers (and especially new ones!) to engage with the community, grow their follower base, and have fun while doing so! 😊

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    1. Oh thank you so much Kelly, I’m so happy you enjoyed it ❀ ❀
      I agree – I felt the same way about Top Ten Tuesdays, they are a lot of fun but, after a little while, they became a bit repetitive for me. Some themes are quite awesome though, I agree πŸ˜€
      And yay! I'm so happy these exist, both for newbies and old bloggers, too, they're so much fun πŸ™‚ ❀

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  8. Oh, I love this post, Marie! ❀

    I have participated in WWW Wednesday twice now I think, but other than that … I always see tons of bloggers participate in Top 10 Tuesdays, and really like their topics, but I always feel like no one would care about "yet another" post with the same topic/content. Apparently I'm wrong (?), haha.

    I found it so heartening to hear you talk about how you felt when you first started out with blogging, because I relate to it so much, still – though I can't imagine you ever being anything other than the wonderful and professional blogger you are now.

    Oh, and the GIFs you used made my day. The Zootopia one is too cute. ❀

    This is such a wonderful post! I really enjoyed it a lot. πŸ™‚ ❀

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    1. Well… you are wrong ahah (and please note that I am not saying that in the wrong way AT ALLL I absolutely love youu!). I feel like Top Ten Tuesdays are the kind of posts that, for some reason, will always be quite popular around the blogosphere and they have a lot of advantages. You meet many bloggers and find out about so many new books and the prompts are really fun to do, too. For me, it got a bit too stressful and time consuming to do these lists AND other blog posts so I wanted to focus on other things, but if the themes interest you, I’d definitely recommend you to participate πŸ™‚

      Awww you are way too sweet, honestly I’m still very much that shy weird tiny bean that started blogging almost four years ago πŸ™ˆ
      (and I LOVE ZOOTOPIA SO MUCH!)

      Thank you so, so, so, so much for your sweet comment, Lily, this means SO much ❀ ❀ ❀

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  9. Really good post – thank you. As a relatively new blogger – still in my 1st year – who follows a lot of other, more established bloggers, I see them constantly but I’ve never participated. They just seem a little constraining to me and I never seem to struggle for things to write about. What I love about them is the # of very good books I’ve found by reading them – particularly Top Ten Tuesday and Waiting On Wednesday. Shout out to Mogsy, FanFiAddict and BookWraith who always seem to steer me towards really interesting titles. Cheers, Brian

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    1. Oh that’s so good that you are feeling so inspired in your first year of blogging, yay! πŸ˜€
      I find it amazing how many books we can find out about thanks to these memes, I love that so much about them, too πŸ™‚
      Thank you so, so much for stopping by and for your sweet comment! ❀ ❀

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  10. I do Top Ten Tuesdays every week and book tags once a month mostly because they’re easy ideas to work with. As I’m working full time it’s very hard for me to come up with my own ideas and flesh them out from ground up because I mostly don’t have the time for it. And yes, you’re right, it does make your blog stats sky-rocket. I’ve seen that with my blog too. Last year I was struggling with blogging and this year my stats are 7x better by September already because I’m participating regularly in TTT. I’m also really enjoying connecting with new people because of it. I think those are really fun to do if you’re a beginner and as my blog is still an infant, I don’t see myself stopping any time soon. I loved hearing your thoughts on this, Marie! Wonderful post. 😊

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    1. I completely get what you mean – I am working full time as well and it’s so hard sometimes to find ideas and keep the inspiration flowing while working all day long, too πŸ™ˆ
      I’m so happy you’re loving book tags and memes, they are really fun to do and amazing ways to meet new people too, that’s for sure πŸ˜€
      Thank you so, so much for sharing your thoughts on this!! πŸ˜€

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  11. I don’t usually do book tags where you have to answer with a book, as I do tend to forget things and it would take me way too long to answer them. If the book tag is just general questions about yourself, reading, etc. then I try and do those if I’m tagged but it can take awhile. LOL I really like reading book memes; it gives me ideas for future books to read and they are just fun. I don’t do them often, though I’d like to do Top Ten Tuesday a bit more – maybe once a month? Those can take time too, so I can’t do it often!

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. Oh I get that SO much, sometimes when I answer a tag where you have to mention books, it can take me AGES to find the right book to talk about πŸ™ˆ tags with general questions are a lot of fun to read, too, I love these so much! πŸ˜€
      (and don’t worry, it takes me a while to get to tags, too…. like, actual YEARS hahaha).
      Top Ten Tuesdays take a LOT of time for me, too, that’s why I ultimately stopped, but they’re fun to do when the theme inspires you πŸ˜€

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Lauren! ❀ ❀

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  12. I’m always behind on tags, but I enjoy both tags and memes. They really help me fill in some days when I don’t have anything to post. Plus I love seeing what other people chose/answer. I’ve only been blogging for a year, so these things were what helped me with consistent posting.

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    1. OH I agree, these things help so much with consistent posting and ideas as well, too πŸ™‚ plus, reading answers like these are always so much fun πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on the topic πŸ˜€

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  13. I used to participate in every single meme out there when I was a newbie blogger which wasn’t a good thing because my blog would end up being a meme post EVERY SINGLE DAY and no “original” posts like reviews. These days I only take part in Top 10 Tuesday and I love it because not only does it give me inspiration and a chance to communicate with other people in the community, it helps me find new blogs and books to read.

    I guess the only thing that bothers me about it is that it doesn’t always bring new followers to me because some people who read my Tuesday posts will only come back on a Tuesday after I comment on their post first? It’s probably not a big deal but it’s something that bugs me a little sometimes.

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    1. OH I understand that – I am not personally a fan of blogs where I only see memes, I like seeing them, but mixed up with reviews and other original content, too, always makes it more fun πŸ™‚
      I agree that TTT are awesome, they always give me so many book ideas, I love that πŸ˜€

      Oh, I understand what you mean, that happened to me too when I used to do TTT and it made me a bit sad. I’m always looking for conversations and, when someone used to come for a TTT and sometimes we exchange great comments, I feel like we’d get, more, somehow. More conversations, etc, but sometimes it did not happen and that bugged me, too. So I understand your feeling :/

      Thank you so, so much for sharing your thoughts Louise!! ❀ ❀

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    1. This makes A LOT of sense, that’s actually what I think, too, in a way?! I stopped memes because they took me as long, even longer to draft as a discussion post and everything, and even if I love book tags, I just do them every now and then, because… I don’t know, I’m getting tired of them sometimes. I love reading them on blogs and I like doing them, too, but not too often either haha πŸ™‚
      Thank you SO much for your sweet comment Ilsa!! ❀ ❀

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    1. Ahhhhh well I’m so glad you weren’t disappointed haha, it’s true that my title make it seem like a rant… I didn’t even notice haha. I’m so happy you enjoy these, they’re so much fun to do πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment!! ❀

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  14. This is such a great post, Marie. I’ve only been blogging for about six months, but I don’t participate in the memes for some reason. I have a lot of ideas that I want to focus on, and decided early on to focus on those. I love tags but hoard them like a greedy dragon and it takes me months to respond because I am horrible. But tags are some of my fave posts to read.

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    1. I feel like you’ve been blogging for six years. I’m sorry, I just had to say this haha you feel like a pillar of the community already. ❀
      And if you're feeling horrible about taking months to answer to tags… remember that I have tags dated back from 2015 that I haven't done, that should make you feel better? πŸ˜‚
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! ❀ ❀

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  15. I think you nailed it Marie! And yes in the beginning I was all “what’s a meme? And a tag? and …” LOL Now I love doing them mostly because they give us inspiration and let us gush about our favorite books like you explained. They also make it easy to comment on others post.

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    1. Oh yes, I agree, they also make it easy to comment, too, because they’re quick and fun reads and easy to respond to πŸ˜€
      Thank you so, so much for your sweet comment ❀

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    1. Yay! I’m glad you find them fun, too – they take a bit of time to answer, sometimes, but they’re a lot of fun and people seem to love interacting with these posts, too πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much for your comment Raven! ❀ ❀

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  16. I do like book tags/memes! And I rely on them when I’m absolutely tapped out of blog post ideas, which sadly happens frequently for me.

    I haven’t done Top Ten Tuesday in a while. I think I’ll need to start up again because it’s always fun to participate and with that comes more new visitors + engagement which is always a plus!

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    1. Oh no I’m so sorry you’ve been feeling a bit uninspired – it’s true that these posts are life-savers, in that case. and who knows, sometimes a book tag or a book tag question, or a TTT topic, can inspire a whole blog post about something πŸ˜€ (like I did there πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚)

      Thank you so, so much for sharing your thoughts on this, Bridget! ❀ ❀

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  17. I love memes! TTT is one of my favorites. I have found so many wonderful books via that meme. I always do the Sunday post too, and I love all my friends who participate in it with me. It’s our weekly catch up. I found book tags to be extremely time consuming, which is why I never really started doing them. I think I did like 2, and it was painful to try and find books for each question, but I can see the appeal, if you have better recall than I do.

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    1. Oh yes, I agree, I have found out about SO many incredible books thanks to TTT and I will always be thankful for that πŸ˜€
      I also enjoy reading Sunday posts so much, I would never have enough books/life happenings etc. to share every week, that’s why I never really took part, but I always love reading them πŸ˜€
      I understand – book tags always take me a long, long time to do, but it’s a fun challenge to find the right book for each question, at least for me πŸ˜€
      Thank you so, so much for your sweet comment and for sharing your thoughts! πŸ˜€ ❀

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  18. Oh, wonderful post & discussion, Marie! 😊❀️ I really enjoy doing book tags and memes because I always have so much fun writing them (more fun than writing book reviews, haha) and I get to show more of my personality, interests, and books I love through tags and memes. It also really helps that they give you some sort of guideline/starting point for a post, which is extremely helpful when you’re running low on inspiration for new post ideas. I also love reading other people’s book tags and memes since I always get to learn something more about them and get new book recs. πŸ’—

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    1. Thank you so, so, SO much, I’m so happy you enjoyed reading it! πŸ˜€

      I agree, these kind of posts are really fun to write and I love reading them on other blogs, too. It’s a quick and fun way to learn about someone’s book preferences and someone’s personality, too πŸ˜€ ❀

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    1. Oh I understand – it feels a bit constraining to do it every week, though it’s perfectly okay to skip, I know that when I used to do these, I felt like I HAD to do it every week and… well, it made me a little stressed πŸ˜‚
      Oh that’s an interesting POV – it’s true that the book tags have a bit of a more “community” feeling to them, with other people being tagged and sometimes new questions being thought of, etc πŸ˜€ ❀
      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on the topic πŸ˜€

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  19. I.. don’t really like doing tags? But I love memes? Haha.

    I feel like, with the tags, I get tagged for the same thing over and over again. Or it’s different tag names, but the same questions and I feel like I keep repeating myself. Just takes the fun out of it, I guess. Whenever I’m tagged, I do check out the post and the questions. Sometimes I’ll feel like doing them, other times they’re so.. bland that I ignore being tagged, haha. But I’ve stated a few times I’m “officially” not doing tags anymore so I’m not even feeling guilty about that. :’)

    Love memes! Simply because it gives such a wide range of new books to discover, especially when people give their own twists to the subject of if you stumble upon a blog with a whole different genre than the one you “specialize” in. Not to mention how fun it is to actually create the posts, search for books fitting the criteria or try remembering why that book is something you feel fits the prompt. :’)

    I’m not even doing it for the statistic boost, to be honest. I just like doing them. [And I’m addicted to my WWW posts because they motivate me to read every week, haha.]

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    1. OH I completely understand what you mean here. After you’ve been blogging for a while, some tags can start feeling a little bit… identical to each other and it’s hard to find new, interesting answers for each of them as well. I think that’s also one reason why I don’t do tags too often – I wait or / and just really like to have a tag that inspires me a whole lot and feels fun and unique in a way, too πŸ™‚

      Oh yes! Memes are such a great way to find out about WAY too many books and kill your TBR in the matter of minutes πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
      I think it’s so great how much fun you have with them and how they motivate you to read. I could never do WWW posts, since I don’t read that many books per weeek, usually only one and my posts would feel empty and boring πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts! ❀ ❀

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      1. Exactly!

        Ha, as if we need memes to do that! My TBR is already laying dead and rotting for AGES. πŸ˜‚
        Ohh, as if you couldn’t figure something out to make them more fun! I’ve seen people use it as a way for a general life update as well, telling what they’ve been up to outside of reading and sharing something other than just books. Pretty sure you could do that as well, should you want to do a meme again!

        You’re welcome! ❀

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  20. I do Top Ten Tuesdays because I like that it forces me to talk about books that I haven’t talked about in a while. Reviews get buried and I don’t regularly bring up books I’ve read more than a year ago– but then one of the topics will be something that makes me talk about those books and it makes me happy that I am still sharing all my faves πŸ™‚

    I don’t do book tags because I just dont want to devote the time, but I can see why people love them. It reminds me of the old school MySpace days when everyone filled out all those surveys. Everyone likes to fill out a survey every now and again and it’s sort of what it is!

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    1. OH yes that’s such a great way of seeing this. I felt like I ended up talking about the same books all the time with TTT, and I loved how I tried therefore to find new, other books I forgot for the new topics. It’s always a challenge and it’s fun for sure πŸ˜€ Plus, BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS πŸ˜€

      Ohhhh yes, that’s exactly it. it’s always so much fun to read these kind of posts and see people’s answers πŸ˜€ ❀

      Thank you so, so much for sharing your thoughts on the topic πŸ˜€

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  21. I do quite a few book tags, and I enjoy them. But I find most memes don’t fit my schedule or current mood, so I don’t really participate all that much. They’re great when you’re starting out blogging but I definitely don’t keep up with them that well!

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    1. Oh I get that, it’s hard to fit memes and everything into a schedule or to always be in the mood for it. It’s fun to start out for sure though and we always get plenty of inspiration and book recs from them πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment Elizabeth ❀

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  22. THIS DISCUSSION PIECE IS SO RELEVANT THANK YOU FOR WRITING IT

    honestly book tags and memes are so much fun to participate in and read what other bloggers have to say. i love how we secretly just use these tags to keep recommending our favourites, bc thats really what it is πŸ˜‰

    also a fantastic way to get increase our never ending tbr. excellent post! ❀

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    1. AWWW thank you you are way too sweet I don’t deserve youu ahh ❀ ❀ ❀

      YES exactly, it's just another way to shove our favorite books' down everyone's throat. In a very gentle, discreet kind of way, obviously. πŸ˜›
      Thank you so, so much !! ❀ ❀

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  23. I love taking part in book memes and book tags (though I am way way way behind on all my tags too). I think when I first started my blog they were a good way to grow and to get more involved in the community (I think as newbie bloggers things like memes are needed to get names out there you know?). I used to take part in Waiting on Wednesday and Standalone Sunday as well as Top Ten Tuesday, but now I just take part in TTT because of the variety in the weekly topics. I feel like there’s always something different, and I love writing lists so that’s an added bonus! πŸ™‚ Also yeah it’s an easy way to recommend books and an easy way to get book recommendations. I feel like every week my TBR list grows thanks to people’s TTT posts. πŸ˜€
    Great post Marie. πŸ™‚ ❀️

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    1. Oh yes, I agree – as a newbie it’s a great way to put your name out there and to find new bloggers to talk to, just as well πŸ™‚
      I agree that TTT are a bit more varied than other kind of memes, sometimes they feel a bit more repetitive, while TTT have different, sometimes challenging topics and that’s fun to see πŸ™‚
      Thank you so, so much for sharing your thoughts on the topic, Beth! ❀ ❀

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  24. I’ve never done TTT or any of those memes, but I totally see why they are so loved by the community and why there’s so much interaction going on around them. I do wonder what it would feel like doing them, but I just love writing reviews too much to put time into being consistent with tags/memes. I also found that answers to questions in tags can get quite repetitive, it’s sort of why I stopped doing them, but I guess doing them here and then wouldn’t be such a bad idea. Great post, Marie! πŸ˜€

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    1. I understand that so much – they’re fun but these things also take A WHOLE LOT of time haha πŸ™‚ and I understand your point – sometimes tags feel a bit repetitive, that’s why I prefer doing them every now and then rather than all the time, it works better for me πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much for your comment! ❀

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  25. I loveee book tags and memes – they’re so much fun! Whenever I find book tags, even if I’m not tagged, I do them. THEY’RE JUST SO FUN. I also love participating in memes – Top Ten Tuesday is my favourite! When I first started blogging I did waaaay too many memes; I’m glad I’ve found one I really enjoy and am happy to do consistently.

    I love how memes make you feel part of the community and that I’m generally able to recommend books I don’t often talk about!

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    1. YAY! I’m really happy you love them so much – they are a lot of fun to read, that’s for sure πŸ™‚ and it’s always great because I feel like they generate so much conversation and that’s so fun too πŸ˜€
      Thank you so, so much for your sweet comment Kyra! ❀

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  26. A year ago, I was doing WAY more memes and I cut down… because I was bored with them, I guess? Waiting on Wednesday sorta felt like an advertising post, and Goodreads Monday was just “and now lets talk about THIS random book”… I dunno. I still so Top Ten Tuesday because you’re right, the stats SKYROCKET that day! And I do Book Blogger Hop, but only as a jumping point for a discussion post on Fridays.

    Tags, though, are so much fun. I’m like you – I have a pile of them in my drafts folder I steal from here or there and pull out at random when I need to fill an empty day. And they do take a while to write up, because there’s thinking and research, like you said! Still, book tags are some of the posts I click through most often – that, and discussions – because I like learning more about the bloggers and I think they can be revealing. πŸ™‚

    Great post, as always! πŸ™‚ You blog is wonderful, Marie.

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    1. I understand what you mean – sometimes it just felt like picking a book at random and… I wasn’t sure which one I should mention each time and it just bored me a little bit? I would rather do recommendation posts and talk about a bunch of books all at once, too πŸ™‚
      Also, yay for Top Ten Tuesday! They always have fun prompts and that’s what I love about it, it’s always different and there are always so many different books to share, too πŸ™‚ I really like reading TTT πŸ™‚

      Oh I agree with you here – I noticed that I tend to be drawn to book tags just as well, they are fun posts to read and we often find out more about the blogger, too, and I love that so much πŸ˜€

      Aww, you’re way too sweet Amber, this means SO, so much😭 thank you so much!! ❀ ❀ ❀

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  27. Lovely post! Your GIFs are always spot on (especially the Zootopia and Ratatouille one 😍but also love Gilmore Girls and Harry Potter) I think memes and tags are so helpful whenever I’m stuck on ideas, and it is such a great to get more connected with the community. I love reading Top Ten Tuesday posts because the prompts are always so fun, but I’m hesitant to participate consistently because they do get repetitive like you said. Still, I think it’s so great how we have something so unique to our community!

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    1. Aww thank you so much, that means a lot that you enjoyed it ❀ ❀ and I'm glad you like the GIFs, I always struggle A LOT with them hahaha.
      I agree with you, these kind of posts are always so much fun to read, but they tend to get a bit repetitive at times to do. But yay, I love how it sort of solidify our community with these little, gatherings πŸ˜€

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  28. For me, I always try to find a balance between the meme/tags and everything else. I’ve stopped doing a weekly TTT and instead only pick the ones that interest me. I’d rather go for substance than write a halfhearted post just to keep up with the memes. I’ve not done a tag in about two years simply because I always forget about them haha.

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    1. I agree, sometimes it feels like some blog posts are just written for the sake of keeping up, and it’s always more fun when people take the time to write them down and explain their choices, and so on. At least it is, for me haha πŸ™‚
      I get that…. I forget about tags way too often πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
      Thank you so much for your comment!! πŸ˜€

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  29. Very interesting topic Marie! I also used to participate in a lot of tags & memes, but find that I just do not have the time like I used to. If I do participate, I am more likely to participate in Top 5 Wednesday since it is only 5 book recommendations, and not 10 lol I do monitor TTT & T5W topics because I’ll participate if I like the topic, but other than that I don’t participate much anymore. Tages & Memes are a great way to dip your toes in the book blogging community.

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    1. Oh yes I 200% get that, these kind of posts are fun, but they can take a long, very long time to write hahaha πŸ™‚
      They are fantastic ways to find out new bloggers and to talk about books easily, that’s sure πŸ™‚
      Thank you so, so much for your comment! πŸ˜€

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  30. Wow, I loved this post so much!!!! PLUS IT IS SO RELEVANNNT and poses some great questions. Being new to the blogging game myself, I was initially mystified by tags and memes and such not. Why does everybody post about the same topics every Tuesday? It was confusing to be sure haha.

    I feel pretty split about memes and tags. They are a great and easy way to interact with readers, they just aren’t as fun for me to write. They aren’t the posts that I’m most proud of. It feels sort of like I’m just doing them because everybody else is, and not because I especially want to.

    Also, I love to read people’s opinions. I like discussion posts and reviews the best because they help me connect to the blogger and they help me to think.

    ANyways, thanks for another wonderful post! πŸ™‚

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    1. Oh wow, thank you so, so much, this means a lot, you’re going to make me emotional ahah thank you!! ❀ ❀ ❀ ❀
      I get the confusion – that's exactly how I felt at first, too, like "what is happening, why is everyone doing the same thing?" haha.
      I understand your thoughts – this is why I ended up stopping with memes altogether – they took me a lot of time and I wasn't really proud of them and satisfied. I feel like I am more satisfied with discussion posts, with posts that I am really pouring my heart out in and TTT just didn't do the trick for me. I think ultimately, it's important to focus on whatever makes us tha happiest πŸ˜€

      Thank you so, so much!! ❀ ❀

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  31. Hah, they’re probably so popular because we run out of ideas xD I’ve never done a TTT though. I’ve never felt like it. Feels repetitive… Since everyone’s doing it. But tags can be fun πŸ™‚ although I haven’t done one in, like, ages.

    I know that TTT really makes those stats, but I just haven’t been able to bring myself to do one. I can’t see it xD I just can’t see it πŸ˜€

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    1. I completely understand – I did TTTs for about, wow two years maybe, and they were fun, but they are a bit repetitive to do and they took me as much time, sometimes even more time than drafting a discussion post or something I enjoyed doing more, so… I thought it was best not to continue haha πŸ™‚
      I think that no matter what, you should do the things you love, there’s no need to force yourself to write the kind of posts you’re not inspired to do πŸ™‚

      Thank you so, so much for your comment Evelina πŸ˜€ ❀

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  32. I really love reading those top 10/5 etc meme posts – always end up with a ton of book on my wish list πŸ˜€
    I only participated in a few because most of the time the theme is something i can’t relate to, or can’t think of any book to add to the list.

    Tags are pretty cool too ❀ It's nice getting to know the bloggers i'm following a bit better.

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    1. Oh yes, same here – these kind of posts are the best….. and the worst for your TBRs, haha, but that’s what we are here for, I guess? πŸ˜›
      I understand, sometimes the themes are so complicated or maybe it’s just me that has absolutely NO memory, but…. they feel so hard to answer hahahaha πŸ™‚

      Thank you so, so much for sharing your thoughts on this, Norrie! ❀ ❀

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    1. OH yes, agree – these link-ups make blog-hopping and finding new blogs so easy and fun, too πŸ™‚ I also love it when people participate and give their own personal twist to it, it’s always so fun πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much for your comment, Cam! ❀ ❀

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  33. You made some good points in this post Marie! I also love to do tags because they are fun and they are an easy post to write when I am short on ideas. I find that tags also get more stats for me than other type of posts (such as book reviews).
    Like you, I used to do Top 10 Tuesdays much more when I started blogging. I stopped because sometimes it was sometimes time consuming to think of 10 books or things to write about them lol πŸ™‚ However I agree that memes and tags in general are great for new bloggers to get to know the community!

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    1. I agree, it seems that tags are generally appreciated, I guess because they are quick and fun reads and we get recommendations, or/and we know the blogger a bit more, and we all love that πŸ˜€

      Thank you so, so much Sophie, I’m so happy you enjoyed this post πŸ˜€

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  34. You probably know that I do Top Ten Tuesday and recently I have started participating in The Sunday Meme too. I definitely enjoy doing the bookish memes because, as you said, most of the times they are easy to write about. But yeah other times I think a lot about which books to feature πŸ˜› I used to do TTT every Tuesday, but since my little blogging hiatus, those posts have been reduced. Now I feel like doing it only when the topic is too easy for me to think or if I have time to write down a post πŸ˜› Also, linking back to the original post and commenting on all the other blogs takes a lot of time. But yes, in terms of engagement it is worth it.

    I love doing Bookish tags too. And haha, don’t worry I still have some pending tags to do since the beginning of my blogging πŸ˜€ But I always enjoy doing them.

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    1. I am so happy you’re having so much fun with the memes, yay! They are fun posts to participate in and also easy to find and to get engagement, too πŸ˜€ I get that sometimes, with the themes, it feels like a struggle to find books to talk about though. But when you’re inspired, it’s a lot of fun πŸ˜€

      Thank you so, so much for sharing your thoughts!! πŸ˜€

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  35. They really ARE super popular, aren’t they? And I agree completely about your reasons! I used to do ALL the memes when I first started blogging, for the exact same reasons as you did- I didn’t really know how else to function as a baby blogger! Now I only really do TTT, and only when I really want to do the topic so… not that often I guess. I just find it so hard to keep up with, really. Tags are fun too, like you, I love to go down a Goodreads hole picking all the absolute best choices- which ends up taking me SO much time, but it’s still really fun! Great post!

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    1. I agree with you – I find it so hard sometimes to keep up with the themes and finding the books, it takes me a whole lot more time than writing another blog post so… sometimes I’d rather do that haha πŸ™‚
      Thank you so, so much for sharing your thoughts on this Shannon! πŸ˜€

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