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.
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?