Thursday, August 13, 2015

The Ultimate Book Blogger Terminology Glossary | Book Blogging Tips (#12)

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In weeks of exhausting detail work I've collected all the little words we book bloggers tend to use. It's surprising how much of a language on its own it is.

I went through tons of reviews and blog posts by other bloggers and collected all those little words they use.

Here's my little glossary of book blogging terms and abbreviations.


Antagonist: Typically the rival of the protagonist. Doesn't necessarily have to be a villain.
ARE: Advanced Reading Editions. Refers to an ARC. 
ARC: Advanced Reading Copy


BEA: Book Expo America. The largest book convention in the United States.
Binge-read: Reading a lot of books in a relatively short amount of time.
Blogoversary: The anniversary of the founding of a book blog.
Blog Roll: List of blogs that a blogger recommends.
Blog Tour: A book tour during which multiple bloggers promote the same book on their blogs. Often also associated with giveaways.
Blurb: Quote from a book critique that can be found on the back of a book.
Book Boyfriend: A male character (usually the love interest) that you fell in love with.
Book Girlfriend: A female character (usually the love interest) that you fell in love with.
Book Hangover: The feeling of not wanting or being able to read another book, because you're still mentally stuck in the world of the last book you read. Can cause reading slumps.
Bookshelfie: A picture of your bookshelf.
BookTube: The Youtube version of book bloggers.
BROTP: Wordplay on Bro + OTP. A set of characters (typically two) who you want to be best friends. See also OTP.


DNF: Did Not Finish
Dog Earing: Folding the corner of a book page to keep your place.
Dust Jacket: The removable cover of a book.


Ebook: Electronic copy of a book. 
Epilogue: Text after the last chapter. Can be a continuation of the story line, a look into the distant   future or a chapter on its own. Opposite of Prologue.


Genre: General term for the kind of book your reading, usually defined by setting, theme, plot and writing style.


Hardcover: Type of book binding. The cover is made out of either heavy paper, leather or cardboard and covered with a detachable dust jacket.
HEA: Happily Ever After


Info Dump: Dropping a lot of background information into a conversation unsolicitedly and all at once. See also Show VS Tell.
Instalove: When two characters hardly know each other, yet proclaim their undying love for each other very quickly.
ISBN: International Standard Book Number. The number on the back of a book that makes you able to identify your edition all over the world.


Love Triangle: Refers to the situation the protagonist finds themselves in when there are two love interests fighting for their love.


MC: Main character
MG: Middle Grade. Genre of books with a target audience aged 8-13, typically also featuring main characters of similar age. See also YA and NA.


NA: New Adult. Refers to a genre in which the main characteristic is that the protagonist is a "new adult". NA protagonists typically are in-between finishing high school and getting their first job. See also MG and YA.


OTP: One true pairing. A set of characters (usually two) who you want to be involved romantically. See also BROTP.


Pace: How fast the story progresses.
Paperback: Type of book binding. The cover is made out of paper and doesn't have a detachable dust jacket. See also hardcover.
Permalink: URL to a single post
Plot: What happens in the novel.
Plot line: One distinct story line in the novel. A novel can but doesn't have to have multiple plot lines.
POV: Point of view, usually referring to who is telling the story
Prologue: Text before the first chapter. Can be a chapter on its own, part of the story or taking place in it's own timeline. Opposite of Epilogue.
Prose: The way an author writes. Can refer to vocabulary, style or pacing.
Protagonist: Main character


Reading Slump: Time frame in which you neither feel like reading nor are able to finish a book.


Self-publishing: The publication of a novel by the author, via a third-party publisher, rather than a professional publishing house. Popular self-publishing methods include Amazon, CreateSpace, iUniverse and Lulu.
Setting: Where the story takes place. Can be referring to time and/or place
Show VS Tell: Using actions or scenes in a novel to explain important information rather than info-dumping them on the reader.
Synopsis: A short text describing what happens in a novel.


TBB: To-Be-Bought. Typically refers to your list of books that you want to purchase in the future.
TBR: To-Be-Read. Typically refers to your pile of unread books.
Theme: 1. visual blog design 2. topic of a novel


Voice: The narrator's or a characters way of telling the story.


YA: Young Adult. Refers to a genre with the main characteristic that the protagonist is 18 or younger. See also MG and NA.

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