On this blog I use a variety of bookish jargon, which to the outsider may seem a little odd and confusing. When I first plunged into book blogging it took me a while to understand what all the bookish folk were on about. So here I have listed some of the most common words/acronyms to help you and for my own reference 😉

  • ARC – Advanced Reading Copy, I may mention this in a review
  • Bechdel Test – media/book in which two women have at leasrt one conversation where they don’t just talk about a man. FYI Jane Austen DOES pass this test. IT is a low bar to pass, I’m aware. However, some books actually DON’T pass it. Eg. Life of Pi, due to there being NO main characters females that have any conversation at all.
  • book hauls/stacks – these are a collection of books I’ve recently bought arranged in a tidy stack
  • Bookish – anything relating to books
  • Bookstagram – Instagram accounts where book blogging is central
  • CW – a warning of the content, specifically for younger readers or those that may be triggered
  • DNF – Did not finish
  • Dystopian -a book set in the not ideal future. Eg. The Hunger Games
  • Fandom – an online community central a specific fictional book/film etc
  • GR – Goodreads
  • Meme – not just the viral internet image with caption. On book blogs this refers to a kind of content eg. Books I’m Currently reading (I made that up)
  • POV – Point of View
  • QFTR – It is my Questions For The Readers. Principally, the discussion questions I have asked to the readers of the book
  • Reading Slump – a period of time where you become uninterested in reading
  • Spoiler – a piece of information that is usually revealed at the end of the book and will ruin this book for you if you haven’t read it yet
  • STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics
  • TBR – To Be Read, I usually use this when talking about my TBR list, a list containing books I intend to read
  • Utopia – A book set in the ideal future
  • WOC – Woman of Colour
  • YA – a genre centered around Young Adult readers and main characters. Eg. The Hunger Games is in the YA genre

*Also, book titles may be shortened to initials. Such as The Hunger Games to HG or Harry Potter to HP*

One thought on “Acronyms and Bookish Jargon

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s