Book Blogger Dictionary: What Do Those Letters Mean?
If you've ever wondered what the acronyms and words mean that you hear constantly in the book blogger/talk world, you've come to the right place.
I've collected a list of the terms I use, hear or had to look up myself when I first started following reviewers. If there's any I'm missing, please let me know!
DNF Did Not Finish - when you decide not to finish the book you're reading
TBR To Be Read - the list of books you want to read
(e)ARC Advance Reader Copy - some bloggers receive books before publication to review and build up buzz if they like it
WIP Work in Progress
RTC Review to Come
POV Point of View
MC Main Character (also: protagonist)
POC Person of Colour
HC Hardcover (also: hardback)
MG Middle Grade - books for or with protagonists aged 8 to 12
YA Young Adult - books with protagonists aged 12 to 18
NA New Adult - books with protagonists aged 18 to 25, approximately. Usually about students or before getting their first job
Shipping - wishing for two people to be together
OTP One True Pairing - the two people you want together the most
Instalove instant love - when people fall in love immediately, practically at first sight
F/F or M/M Female/Female or Male/Male - referring to the genders of the main relationship
SF Science Fiction
FF Fanfiction - when someone takes either the story or characters (or both) of a certain piece of work and creates their own story based on it.
Buddy Read - reading a book together, usually by agreeing to read until a certain chapter etc, and discussing it
Dust Jacket - the sleeve usually covering a hardcover book which you can take off
Book Hangover - when you're still mentally in the last book you read, when it was too good and no other books can compare
Reading Slump - when you don't or can't read even though you really want to
Shelfie - a combination between shelf and selfie, a picture of your bookshelves
Props - little things like candles, paintbrushes ... you use to put in your pictures to make them look nice (also used in theatre and film as anything movable or portable on a stage or a set)
Bookstagram - the part of Instagram centred around books
Booktube - the part of YouTube centred around books
Pace - how fast the story progresses
Prose - used to distinguish a way of writing you feel is poetic, but not poetry because of its greater irregularity and variety of rhythm and its closer correspondence to the patterns of everyday speech
#Ownvoices - a hashtag (also sometimes ownvoices without the # sign) to indicate that the book you're talking about is book about or featuring diverse characters written by authors from that same diverse group (eg a book about a transsexual character written by a trans author. Also possible: (mental) health issues, refugees, sexuality, immigrants, POC ...).
Sensitivity Readers - someone who reads through a manuscript for issues of representation and for instances of bias on the page, used when the author is not from the same diverse group as the book is about.
Affiliate - a partnership between a company and a person in which the person receives a small commission in return for directing traffic and sales to said company
Apart from al these words, there are also acronyms made up out of a book's title. Some of those are widespread and well known, like ACOTAR (A Court of Thorns and Roses by S.J. Maas). Others are only used in context. This happens for instance with the title of a book in the review of said book, or with the titles of other books in the series (for instance, I used SoC for Six of Crows in my review for Crooked Kingdom, because most people reading the second book know about the first). Occasionally people do this with the name of the author too, so if you're reading a review and you see a bunch of (capitalised) letters you don't understand, look first if you can make sense of them by looking at title and author.
I hope this helped! Let me know if there are still some you have questions about.