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Bookish Glossary & Abbreviation Guide
Do you know your ARC from your TBR?
The book community has loads of abbreviations, acronyms and shorthand words which can make you feel a little out of the loop, if you’re not familiar with them.
With this in mind, here’s your definitive bookish glossary for all* [sic] the must-know book blogger phrases and abbreviations!
*Missing anything obvious? Post your suggestion in the comments!
The Definitive Book Blogging Abbreviation Guide
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Advance Reader Copy (also sometimes known as Advance Review Copy). ARCs are made available for bloggers, reviewers, and readers in order to generate discussion around a book.
A popular trend on social media, Book Hauls are images or videos of a pile of books recently acquired.
Book Stacks are another social media phenomenon. Users may choose a theme (author, book cover colour, genre) and stack a small selection of books in an artsy, aesthetically pleasing way.
Check out #BookStack on social media for a visual bookish feast!
A social media marketing tool, utilised by authors and publishers to generate hype for a book. The author/publisher highlights coverage of their book across a range of blogs, giving both the blogger and the book more visibility. Win, win!
A marketing tool of authors & publishers. Lucky bloggers may receive the opportunity to reveal an upcoming book’s cover. Like Book Tours, this generates a great amount of excitement for both bloggers and books.
Content Warning – designed to highlight content that may cause stress or upset amongst certain readers.
Abbreviated form of Did Not Finish (the book).
Shorthand of e-Advance Reader Copy. A digital version of a proof.
FanFiction. FanFic is an often vibrant part of a book/movie/videogame’s fandom, where fans write fictional stories within worlds they love.
Social media hashtag for ‘Follower Friday’. A way for bloggers to share appreciation of others within their network. A positive way to grow followers and readers.
Hard copy, i.e. hardback.
Middle-grade, often used to signify books aimed at middle-grade children (aged 8-12).
Readers who have no idea what they’ll read next – they pick their next read purely dictated by mood. As opposed to readers who have a specific order.
Point of View. Often used to discuss books which cover perspectives of different characters (think Game of Thrones).
When you have plenty of choice, but cannot bring yourself to pick up a book and read.
Review to come.
A self-published author.
Science Fiction & Fantasy.
It somewhat baffles me that these two genres are lumped together given their overt differences.
When a fan believes two characters should hook up. Shippers (noun) tend to make a portmanteau of the two characters’ names to identify their ‘ship’. Eg. Max Caulfield & Chloe Price in Life is Strange are known as PriceField.
Shipping is part of virtually every fandom on the internet.
To be read. A person’s list of books they intend to read, but inevitably grows despite best efforts.
Often used in the context of a ‘TBR pile’ or ‘TBR list’.
A book that has been published through traditional publishing channels (as opposed to self-publishing).
Trigger Warning (see also CW – Content Warning) to give readers fair advance warning of content that may upset or distress them.
Urban Fantasy, an increasingly popular genre.
Work in Progress.
Young Adult fiction.
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