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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Tell Me SOmething Tuesday: Bookish Careers

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Question: If you could do something in the bookish world for employment, what would you choose and why?

Answer: I have a very party pooper answer lol I wouldn’t want a bookish career.

In the past, having a career in something I loved ruined it for me.

I love animals but working in shelters and at veterinarians exposed the dark side of it all and destroyed any joy for it that I had. I, of course, had great experiences too but it took years for me to just be able to enjoy having fun with animals and even remotely like people again alter the things I saw.

Same with blogging. I don’t regret all the fun opportunities I’ve had through blogging, but knowing more of the ugly details in publishing and the truth about some authors took some joy out of it.

I guess if I could be on my own – like just solitarily sorting through books or something, I would do that.

What bookish dream career would you like to do if you could?

24 comments:

  1. I like your answers, because I would not have seen it that way, and it is so true

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    1. It's just happened before with things I've loved lol

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  2. I agree with you to some extent. When your hobby becomes a job it could become burdensome. I would love to be a children's librarian myself.

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    1. I'm such an introvert so that eliminates a lot of things too lol

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  3. I kind of have a bookish career. I'm also applying for a library program (like three courses) so I guess I'll always have books somewhere in the periphery. I get what you mean about keeping your hobbies and work separate. I would never work in publishing because of that.

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    1. Some things you can't unsee/unknow and I don't want to go there lol

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  4. I often wonder if I'd like being a librarian, or being in publishing or whatever. Not sure. :) I'm sure it's not as awesome as it sounds haha. And I hear you on the animals thing- I can imagine you would get disenchanted, seeing all the bad things that can happen.

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    1. I could barely have fun with my own pets by the time I left shelter work. And I HATED people.

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  5. I get what you mean. I'm an academic librarian, though I would love to work in a public library and do programs. That would be really fun, and as a librarian, you're still kind of a fan first than anything else. Working in my own little bookstore would be kind of lovely too though.

    -lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  6. Yep, totally agree with you on this one. I see people say all the time "Oh, I would love to work in a bookstore/own my own book shop." Not me. I have no doubt that mixing my job and my hobby would suck the joy out of reading. And no way do I want to risk losing that.

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    1. I see a lot of librarians and bookish jobs people (even authors!) who have no time to read.

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  7. If I had to choose anything, it would be a small bookstore owner is some quaint small town somewhere. I think if I made money through blogging, it would take the fun out of it.

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    1. Blogging has ruined reading a bit for me.

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  8. Totally respect and understand your answer. That's why I want to do something like decorate a book story or library displays... Nothing too in depth and keeping most of the responsibility off of me!

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    1. It would really have to be something that really keeps me away from the nitty gritty of it all lol

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  9. I do get it, being too close can absolutely change how you feel about something!

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    1. Just blogging and reviewing has taken some of the joy out of reading so a career seems even worse lol

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  10. I can't see me having a bookish career. I hate kids so working in a library is out for sure! I hate answering phones too which could be an issue with most jobs and I'm not enjoying book reading deadlines these days!

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    1. The people are what ruined working with animals for me so anything that involved people would just ruin a bookish career too even though it's different in a lot of ways.

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  11. "In the past, having a career in something I loved ruined it for me."
    That's what happened with me and radio. Blogging is a great way to engage with books without getting "too close" or have commitments. Then again, I'm sure that I would enjoy being a copy editor if I should choose a bookish career. I would be involved but still working from my secluded lair LOL.

    "solitarily sorting through books".
    I can't figure what kind of job would require you to do that LOL.

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    1. You'd make a great copy editor!! I enjoy beta reading but I wouldn't like it as a career because you have to read something you might not be in the mood for on a schedule.

      I'd want to do something like stock shelves and maybe recommend books but I don't want to have anything to do with the inner workings of the industry lol I already know to much and it hurt my reading.

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  12. I would love to be a writer. I write now, but basically for my own pleasure. I might do some installment type stories on the blog soon, but I have never seriously considered looking to be published. 😊

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  13. I'd love too have a bookshop, I think. Problem is, I have no idea how it would be possible to make my "dream" bookshop happen and make it viable... Indie bookstores barely stand a chance these days. :(

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