Tuesday, 6 September 2016

A Brief Guide to Book Blogging Acronyms

The book blogging world is full of acronyms. You're reading an MG book and loving it, but it's just like that YA book that you've had on your TBR pile for the last five years and the FMC is totally cliche. 
When I first starting reading book blogs, I had no idea what any of them meant.

(That makes sense. Online groups and communities have their own sociolects, just like groups and communities in real life.)

Right. It's easy enough to find the meanings using a search engine, and to ask the blogger for clarification if you're still confused afterwards, but I thought I'd compile a list of them anyway. That way, they're all in one place.


TBR Pile - To Be Read Pile. The never-ending stack of books that you're going to read next. To add a book to your TBR Pile means that you are interested in reading it.

TL:DR - Too Long, Didn't Read. I've seen this mostly on Tumblr blogs, usually at the bottom of a post. It seems to work like the 'in short' section that you find at the top of newspaper articles. The blogger will follow it up with the short version of their view, for example, not worth the hype, or READ THIS!

NaNoWriMo - National Novel Writing Month. Okay, so it's not exactly an acronym, but it's close enough for me to put it on here. National Novel Writing month is an event that takes place every November when people all around the world try to write 50,000 words in a month. I usually refer to it on the blog as NaNo, but each to their own.

WIP - Work In Progress. If the blogger likes to write, this is probably how they'll refer to their current project.

Age Groups

MG - Middle Grade. Usually refers to books aimed at 9-14 year olds, also known as American middle schoolers. 

YA - Young Adult. Usually refers to books aimed at kids aged 14 and over. The upper boundary is more than a little ambiguous. Does it end, like childhood, at 18? Or, as it's young adult, does it end somewhere in the region of 19-25?

NA - New Adult. Not quite adult, but definitely not suitable for kids as young as 14. 


MMC - Male Main Character. The hero of the work. I've seen this mainly on NaNo message boards to refer to a character that somebody is writing themselves, but it does pop up from time to time in book reviews as well.

FMC - Female Main Character. The heroine of the work. Used in exactly the same places as the above.

Social Media

FB - Facebook
GR - Goodreads. The holy site of all book bloggers. Many take daily pilgrimage. Most bloggers just write it in full, but I have seen one or two abbreviate it like this.

BL - Bloglovin'. Again, usually written in full.


HP - Harry Potter

PJO - Percy Jackson and the Olympians

HoO - Heroes of Olympus

HG - The Hunger Games

TMI - The Mortal Instruments 

TRC - The Raven Cycle

LotR - Lord of the Rings

ASoIaF - A Song of Ice and Fire (Used interchangably with GoT - Game of Thrones)

ACoTaR - A Court of Thorns and Roses

I plan to update this post whenever I come across new abbreviations, so please help me out by leaving any more that you can think of in the comments.