Bookish Chat : The joys of non solitary reading

November 12, 2014 Bookish chat 29

In the past reading was more or less a solitary hobby for me.  When I was younger I devoured every book I got my hands on but I never really had anyone to talk to about books.  My mother read a bit and sometimes we read the same books and that was great.  But none of the rest of my family or friends loved books the same way I did.

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In fact I tended to downplay how much I did read as I felt it was such a nerdy hobby.  As I got older though, I cared less and less about that and now I’m happy to shout about my love for books loud and proud.  Apart from just growing into myself though, one thing that really helped was finding other kindred souls that live, sleep and breathe books just I do.

It is only now that I have people that I can talk to about books, fangirl about the latest ‘big’ book with, discuss that shocking twist with or just wail about the unfairness of that ridiculous cliffhanger.  This has taken my love of books to a whole new level.  Before I read the book, thought about it a bit and then put it away.

Now I never know when I go on to twitter or facebook or a blog just what book I’ll discover being rehashed and it gives me a chance to spout all my feels over and over again.  I’ve also found that I’ve gotten different perspectives that make me rethink everything I thought I knew about a book.  Like for example We Were Liars – there are so many varying thoughts flying around about this book and what EXACTLY happened.  I love seeing all the different interpretations.

And now my solitary reading days of old just seem sad.  I can’t imagine not reading a book, writing my review and then hunting down my bookish friends to discuss it further with.  Social reading is my thing and I love it!


All the ways I enjoy social reading:


Goodreads : I love cataloguing my books, updating my status, reading reviews, checking ratings.  I can’t imagine my reading life without this medium in it.

Twitter : So many great spontaneous discussions just happen on twitter about books.  Of course other crap happens there too but let’s not talk about that!

Blogs : How did I live without blogs!  How did I ever know what books to read next.  And I love forming relationships with other bloggers as they are my most trusted source for book recommendations.  And I know with other book bloggers I can book talk till we are blue in the face!

Facebook : To a lesser extent but I love seeing all the various bookish cartoons and I religiously follow Book Riot for great discussions and hot off the press book news

My on-line book club : We meet quarterly and it’s an easy way to join a book group without ever leaving my couch

Instagram : I’m not hugely active on here but I love checking out all the bookish photography

Pinterest : I love pinning all my favourite covers, literary quotes and book art.  I’m a pinner and proud!



Bookish Chat : Do you enjoy social reading?  What is your favourite thing about it?  Which is your favourite medium for it?


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29 Responses to “Bookish Chat : The joys of non solitary reading”

    • trish

      I forgot about buddy reads! They can be fun too, I usually find it’s really hard to coordinate them though, I’m either reading too fast or too slow! Still it’s fun to know someone else is reading the same book and you can chat about it as you go.
      And yea! Awkward! :O

  1. Alma @ Journey Through Fiction

    I was (and still am, in a way) in the same boat. Not many people I know in real life read the same books as I do, if they read at all! Both Goodreads and blogging have opened my eyes to hundred of amazing books that I probably would never have even heard of! And I agree, it’s awesome to relive all my old those favourite books at any moment when visiting a blog or other bookish site 😀 It keeps those books and the memories alive for so much longer. It makes them extra special in a way 🙂

    • trish

      Exactly, there are books I would never have heard of if not for GR and Blogging especially as YA books just don’t get the same shelf space here as other genres/sections. Goodreads, other bloggers and Amazon have made my life!

  2. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    Definitely agree! I know very few people who read the same way I do. While I do talk about books more now in the past I never did and even now it’s not something I talk about in real life. I love social reading! I don’t know what I would do without all the book blogs! I want to be more active on instagram with bookish stuff but I always forget about it!
    Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library recently posted…Scandalous Summer Nights – Review

    • trish

      I’m the same Katherine, I still don’t get to talk about books much in real life and when I do I have to rein it back in a bit. Non readers just don’t get our passion 🙂
      To be honest, I don’t post a lot on instagram (I always forget to take the photos!) but I love watching other peoples photos!

  3. Lola

    Just like you I love social reading, although sometimes I still have trouble finding someone I know who has read the same book as me, espcially with less well known indie books.
    Before I started reviewing and blogging I always felt sad that I never could talk about all the books I read. Just like you my mom occasionaly read a book, but it’s still different then how I talk about books online.

    I didn’t realize you had a Pinterest account, I am following you there as well now. I love Pinterest!

    And an online book club that sounds like a great idea! I didn’t even knew those existed before I read this post. I always thought they only had offline book clubs.
    Lola recently posted…Interview: Matthew Alan Thyer

    • trish

      I just love that thanks to my online bookish friends that I’m never short of some to talk books with. It’s fantastic!
      An on-line book club is pretty easy. I just got together with some blogger friends and we use google hangout for our meeting. We kept it small (6 members) so we all get a chance to talk and only meet once every 3 months as otherwise it would be a bit of a time suck. This way it works perfect! You should set one up, it’s good fun!

    • trish

      I know, it’s good fun seeing all the different takes. I never mind if someone has a widely different opinion on a book to me, I just like to read about why they felt that way.

  4. Donna @ OnDBookshelf

    Great post! I think one of the reasons I love going to my Indie bookstore is so I can talk books with the people there. Social media has been a great way for me to connect with others who have loved the same books I do. I even like to read the differing opinions, everyone reacts in their own way to each book.
    Donna @ OnDBookshelf recently posted…Review: My True Love Gave to Me

    • trish

      That’s a great reason for going to an Indie store and is something that they should push more. It’s a unique selling point for them and so many are struggling.

  5. Candace

    I think I was kind of like you and never really showed how much of a reader I was. Part of that was because one time our class had to go to the library and one of the boys needed help finding a book and I was able to find it without even needing the number just cause I had it memorized and from then on that boy and his friends always teased me. It was in fun, not mean, but it made me feel weird.
    I can’t imagine life now without the internet and community I’ve gotten to know. I can be a book nerd and proud of it!
    Candace recently posted…Blog Tour: Induction Day by P.K. Hrezo Review & Giveaway

    • trish

      I’m the same, I just can’t imagine my life anymore with the internet and all my bookish friends. It’s always great to chat to someone with the same passions as you.
      And aw, that’s sad and I can see exactly how it made you feel awkward. I remember telling someone once how many books I read a week and their shocked face ensured I didn’t share that info with other people.

  6. Christy

    I like solitary reading for the most part. But there are certain books that I get so worked up about that I NEED to discuss with someone. lol.

    I never hid my reading when I was younger, but I didn’t advertise it either. People would be surprised when they discovered what a book nerd I was, because I was a … wild girl. Didn’t fit the stereotype. 😀
    Christy recently posted…Addicted After All by Krista Ritchie

    • trish

      Love that you broke the stereotype! That’s interesting though I wonder what the rest of my blogger friends were like in their teenage years 🙂

  7. anna (herding cats & burning soup)

    Oh my gosh I know! I can’t imagine not having people to share and squee over. And blogs. Yep I don’t know what I did before them and FB. I love getting to share my thoughts but I also really love getting to stop by everyone elses blogs to see what they’re up to reading-wise. And it is definitely interesting to see all the differing opinions on books. I’ll read a review and go wow I totally missed that little bit in the book or so didn’t take it that way. Huh!
    anna (herding cats & burning soup) recently posted…Rogue Spy (Spymasters #5) by Joanna Bourne

    • trish

      Checking out what everyone else is reading is disastrous for my book shelves but like you I just love seeing what others have their nose in! And the varying opinions are always an eye opener but I love reading just why people felt the way they did (especially when I’ve already read the book.)

  8. Berls @ Fantasy is More Fun

    I adore social reading! I’m like you – used to read on my own and never have anyone to talk to about the books. Now I feel like I’m always talking books and I LOVE it. Blogs and the two book clubs I belong to are the main way I’m social about books – but I do use Goodreads to a limited extent. I chat on Twitter with bloggers, but it seems less about books and more about life. And then FB and me don’t get along at all. I don’t have any other social media accounts, since I can’t really maintain the ones I do have 🙂 Great post Trish!
    Berls @ Fantasy is More Fun recently posted…A Month of Giving Thanks Day 16

    • trish

      Don’t talk about trying to maintain all the social media, I’m always tying myself in knots about it. I love ALL the social media sites but then my blog suffers. So I have to limit myself to short stints or else I’d waste all my time on there 🙂

  9. Angie @Angela's Anxious Life

    I have stopped using goodreads like I used to. I need to find an active book group on there. I used to read and discuss books on there all the time. Then I felt like membership fell as far as actually reading books and discussing them. It is something I would like to do again on that site!
    Angie @Angela’s Anxious Life recently posted…Sunday Post

    • trish

      I didn’t realise you had stopped moderating your group (but I remember you thinking about it). I’m in a few groups but not active in them as I just can’t commit anymore time. I’m more likely to comment on friends statuses or reviews.

  10. Ana @ Read Me Away

    Social reading has brought me many many new books that I probably would never have picked up if I didn’t start book blogging. 🙂 I love updating my progress and GR and having friends react as I’m reading, haha!

    Mainly, I use my blog and Twitter to engage with my fellow readers. Goodreads, not as much, but I would love to be more active there.
    Ana @ Read Me Away recently posted…Review 124: The Day of the Triffids (John Wyndham)

  11. Laurel-Rain Snow

    I completely agree! No more hiding under the covers with our books, or pretending that, if something else comes up, we’d rather do that. I can’t imagine my life without blogging, tweeting, FB, etc. Shouting out about our book love is like standing on a mountain top with a crowd of book lovers and hearing the roar.

    Great post!
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