Book Blogger Terms You Need to Know

Whether you’re a complete newbie or a seasoned pro, new things often pop up throughout your book blogging life that will confuse you. There are so many things you feel like you need to learn, or should know if you’re going to be the best book blogger there is.

I’m going to try to decode some of them by sharing some of the book blogging terms you should know to help you become the best book blogger you can.

Think of this as the ultimate book blogging terms list, a helpful little guide to start you on the way.

ARC

Advanced reader copy, a copy provided to book influencers before publication by either the author themselves or the publisher. These are provided to increase hype about the book in the lead up to publication, as well as to make readers aware of the book.

Backlist

A book published before the current year.

Big Five publishers

Penguin/Random House, Hachette Book Group, Harrper Collins, Simon and Schuster, and Macmillan.

Blog Hop

An online collection of bloggers sharing their work, often featuring a similar theme.

Blog Tour

A collection of reviews or other content relating to a specific book, hosted on a daily basis on different blogs. These run for a set amount of time, ranging from a week to a month, and are hosted by either the publisher of the book or a specific blog tour host company. Those on the tour will post their content oon a specific date agreed between them and the tour host.

Book hangover

An inability to start a new book as you’re still thinking about a book you’ve just finished.

Bookstagram

The book community on Instagram.

BookTok

The book community on TikTok.

BookTube

The book community on You Tube.

Buddy Read

Two or more people reading and discussing the same book at the same time. Discussions may be held after a set number of pages, a set number of chapters, or at the end of the book.

CR

Currently reading.

DNF

Did not finish – for whatever reason, the reader has decided not to complete the book.

e-ARC

A digital copy of an ARC (see above).

Edelweiss

A website on which book influencers can request e-ARCs (see above).

Goodreads

A site on which readers can track their reading progress, partake in reading challenges, and interact with other readers. It is owned by Amazon.

Guest post

A post featuring on a blog written by another blog owner. This is often done to share ideas and boost audiences across the blog owners.

Imprint

A subsidiary of one of the big five publishers (see above) under which they publish books. These imprints often have different trading names to their parent company. A publisher may have multiple imprints, which may focus on one or more genres.

Indie books

Books published by an independent publishing house.

Mood reader

A reader who does not create or stick to TBRs, but instead will read a book depending on how they feel at the moment and what reading experience they feel works for them.

Netgalley

A website on which book influencers can request e-ARCs (see above).

Proof

A synonym for ARC (see above.)

Readathon

An event, usually within a time limit of a week, fortnight (two weeks) or a month, in which readers are encouraged to read as many books as possible or to reduce the amount of books on their TBR (see below.) Readathons are often hosted either by one person or a group of hosts. A readathon will often include prompts into which readers can fit the books they intend to reading, for example a book with a specfic number of pages or colour on the cover.

Reading slump

Feeling uninspired to read. There are several ways to overcome a reading slump.

Reading sprints

Timed instances where participants are encouraged to read as much and as long as possible. These are often hosted on You Tube by various Book Tubers (see above).

RTC

Review to come. This is often written on Goodreads when a reviewer shares their rating of the book, but will provide a written account of their thoughts at a later date, eg closer to publication date.

Self published

A book published by the author themselves rather than by a publishing house, either independent or tradtional.

Spoiler

Disclosure, either accidental or intentional, of an important and surprising aspect of the book. This often refers to a twist in the plot or the ending.

The Storygraph

An independently owned alternative to Goodreads. A site on which readers can track their reading progress, partake in reading challenges, and interact with other readers.

Tag

A list of questions regarding a specific topic or theme which can be answered by recommending books to for each prompt. So called as people will “tag” other people to also complete the questions. Common on Book Tube and in blogs.

TBR

To be read – a pile of books intended to be read by the owner. This can be short term (many Book Tubers publish monthly TBRs), long term, or specific for a readathon (see above.)

Traditionally published

A book published by one of the Big Five publishing houses (see above) or one of its imprints (see above.)

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