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Welcome to the Bookish Community all you new bibliophiles! The kindest community on the internet, but full of terminology and jargon that makes a person feel slightly intimidated when first introduced to this online love letter to all things bookish.
Or was that just me?
Today, I’d like to *virtually* sit down and discuss some of the most confusing jargon that intimated me when I first joined bookstagram (see, jargon already!) and book blogging. The most important, in my opinion, is the TBR list and once you fully understand the nuances (and implement them), you are going jump to bibliophile level 100.
What is Jargon
Okay, y’all. We are going to start really basic here.
Jargon is shared language by a group that is easily understood by members of that group. These groups can be a professional such as doctors or lawyers (hello confusing medical terminology), or social groups such as online communities or even your own friend group. Or maybe I was the only one that tried to create their own friendship language in middle school….
The problem is with jargon is that it tends to bring members of the group together and ostracizes people on the outside looking in. The Bookish Community is truly the nicest online community and my goal is that by understanding the jargon, you feel like a real member of Bibliophiles United.
Common Bookish Jargon
- TBR list
- bookstagram, bookstagrammer
- ARC, eARC
- HP, ACOTAR, TOG
What Is A TBR List
Using a TBR list Has Been Game-Changing For My Reading
How to Organize Your TBR List
When bibliophiles talk about using a TBR List, the options include:
- The Physical TBR- A bookshelf or book cart that houses all of your physical copies of your unread books. As your unread book collection grows and grows, you can designate one spot for your higher priority books to read.
- The Journal TBR- A hastily written note pad or a well-designed journal that rivals an artistic omage to your books. See Instagram for some serious bullet journal envy.
- The Spreadsheet- Can be as complicated as your heart desires to track not just your TBR lists but your book rankings, genres read, diversity of authors..etc. My type B heart needed something a little simpler and I designed a TBR list to use on my phone when I’m on the go and my computer. Grab it free here!
How Strictly Do You Hold Yourself To Your TBR List?
Other Common Jargon
Book lover! Or the three of us and all of you wonderful readers 😀
Bookstagram stands for the bookish community that lives on Instagram. Gorgeous aesthetic photos are crucial, but it is such a welcoming community anyone can join! Learn more on how to set up a bookstagram account from the UncorkedLibrarian.com.
HP, ACOTOR, TOG
When you want a romantic relationship to happen SO BAD between two characters. Derived from the word relationship because we must shorten everything.
My plan is to continue updating this list of jargon to keep all you new bibliophiles up-to-date with the lingo of the bookish community.