Sunday, October 23, 2016

How to Befriend Bookworms

     Yesterday and today, we're talking about how reading is better together {link will take you to an awesome article on a different site}.

     Let's discuss befriending bookworms...with gifs!

'How can you read this? There aren't any pictures.'
     Every bookworm knows what it's like to talk to someone like Gaston, am I right? Don't be a Gaston! He can't even read. (Love how Belle's face represents every misunderstood bookworm ever!)

     For most bookworms, books represent trust. If someone actually dislikes books, it's hard to understand them. Befriend bookworms by showing interest in their reading lives and asking good questions.

     But don't interrupt readers when they're absorbed in a book. That's the quickest way to lose a friend.

Appreciate good literature already!
     The easiest way to be friends with a bookworm is to become a bookworm yourself. If you really appreciate literature, you won't have to pretend to appreciate it.

     It's so exciting when you agree on the most important things in life. :)

When you and your friend both love a book
     And once you befriend a bookworm, you will have a friend for life!


This post is part of my 31 Days to a Better Reading Life series.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

How to Talk About Books

     If you want to have a better reading life, we need to talk about the social aspect of reading: how to tell your friends about a book you're reading, how to discuss literature at a somewhat intelligent level, and how to summarize your own thoughts on a book.

     1. Don't try too hard. Don't work like crazy to sound intelligent. If you are intelligent, it will come across without you trying.

     2. Respect books. Authors put work into their books. Don't hate on books you didn't enjoy. Others may enjoy those books; they just weren't for you. Let others have their opinions. After all, if we were all the same, the world would be boring.

     3. Make observations as you read. This will prepare you for future bookish discussions. Maybe you related to a character, or maybe you didn't understand something. Your friends are there to help you process the book only after you interpret it for yourself.

     4. Stand by your opinions. Don't give into the common opinion about a book just because it is popular. Always be honest with your thoughts and feelings.

     5. Recommend a book only if you think the other person truly will enjoy it. If someone has a different taste than you do, they may not enjoy a book just because you did. Keep their preferences in mind as you gush about your new favorite book. Don't recommend willy-nilly.

     6. Don't be shy about giving disclaimers. Maybe a book has some language or elements that readers should know beforehand. It's always better to give these up front, especially when you're recommending or lending.

     Challenge for today: Talk to someone about a book!

     Tomorrow we'll discuss how to befriend bookworms. :)


This post is part of my 31 Days to a Better Reading Life series.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Even More Bookish Nerdiness

     Want to join in even more bookish nerdiness? Here are 3 things book nerds have fun with (whenever they aren't reading, of course!)

     1. BookTube. Yes, it's just YouTube videos that are bookish. "BookTube" isn't an actual website. Just go to YouTube and search for "books" or "reading" or "booktube". You'll find hours of entertainment made by your fellow bookworms. (Check out my new BookTube channel.)

   2. Bookstagram. Once again, this term refers to bookish accounts, this time on Instagram. I don't personally have an Instagram. If I had one though, I would be super into this! Mostly, book bloggers are the only ones who commit their entire account to pictures of books.

     3. Goodreads. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Get on Goodreads, and find your new favorite books, quizzes, quotes, polls, friends, groups, etc. It's THE book social media.

     Challenge for today: Explore one of these communities that is new to you.


This post is part of my 31 Days to a Better Reading Life series.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

How to Be Book Nerdy


     The best way to have a better reading life is to be nerdy about it on occasion.

     How to be book nerdy? We've addressed some, but I have more for you today. This is basically a collection of my own "You know you're a book nerd when..." memes. :)

     The signs of a book nerd?
  • You take a book with you everywhere.
  • You read instead of watching tv.
  • You use books as a conversation starter.
  • You relish the pleasure of your new books.
  • You talk about books constantly.
  • You consider reading your hobby.
  • You act like you work at the library or bookstore as you tidy up the books.
  • You dream of the day a stranger asks for your advice on what book to get.
  • You lend your books to others.
  • You take good care of your books.
  • You take good care of others' books.
  • You research authors.
  • You read all the books your favorite author has ever written.
  • You strain to see the books in every bookish photo.
  • All your friends are readers.
  • You stay up thinking of what is going to happen next in the book you're reading.
     Challenge for today: Answer this question in the comments below: What book-nerdy things do you do?


This post is part of my 31 Days to a Better Reading Life series.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Study Others' Shelves

     As you are now a reader who cultivates book collections, you may begin to study others' shelves.


     This is ok! Studying others' book collections/shelves will help you to figure out what you like on your shelf. Edit out what you don't like about other shelves, and keep what you do like.

     After all, every artist improves upon others' works. And bookshelf-curating is an art.

     It may feel a little book nerdy at first as you strain to see what books are in the background of a picture. Soon enough, though, it will be second nature, and you'll even begin straightening up messy bookstores. :)

     Challenge for today: Study others' bookshelves. Make notes on organization, book selection, etc.


This post is part of my 31 Days to a Better Reading Life series.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Cultivate Your Bookshelves

     Want to have a better reading life?

     It's time to cultivate your shelves--the books you own.

     Let's define cultivate {according to Merriam-Webster}:

verb  cul·ti·vate \ˈkəl-tə-ˌvāt\
to grow and care for; to further, to encourage; to make friends with

     All of these lovely definitions apply to the cultivation of your own personal library.

     Next let's look at what this means practically.
1. Clear the clutter: Please, for the love of all that is literary and beautiful, get rid of all the trash, tchotchkes, movies, dvd players, boxes, etc. that litter your shelves. Put all your books in one place if you can. Then step back and admire the effect. :) All you need on your bookshelf is books!

2. Delete some books: Get rid of the books that are just on your shelf to be on your shelf. This usually includes books you'll never read again, books you'll never read for the first time, books you are keeping out of guilt, and books you just plain don't like. Pass them on to someone who does want them; at HPB, you can even make some cash, which will help with step 4--Hey! No peeking!

3. Organize: Find what works for you. Rainbow order, alphabetical by author, alphabetical by title, or by favorite to least favorite. Have fun with it! {This post on 10 Ways to Organize Your Bookshelves may help.}

4. Add more books: A full bookshelf is a joy. One with books you actually love and want to read it the best joy in the world. You can do this following yesterday's tips for Reading Tons of Books Economically and some of the cash you got from step 2. ;)

5. Add finishing touches: So maybe you like a bookshelf with more than books. Be intentional and careful with it. A vase of flowers and bowl of bookmarks wouldn't hurt. Maybe your finishing touch is moving your bookshelf to a different room or making some of the books sit horizontally. Maybe your finishing touch is simply sitting back and staring at your handiwork for a few minutes (no shame in that!)

"Your library is your portrait." ~Holbrook Jackson

     Challenge for today: Complete one of the 5 steps above. Really motivated readers out there (a nicer way to say "overachievers") can do all five! Let me know how it works out!


This post is part of my 31 Days to a Better Reading Life series.

Monday, October 17, 2016

How to Read Tons of Books Economically

     Books are expensive!

     I'm going to tell you a secret right now, and you will remember it until your dying day:

"Never pay full price for a book more than once a year."

     Sound crazy?

     Well, think about how many other ways there are that you can get books:

{borrowing from}
the library

{buying cheap from}
Half Price Books
resale stores

{receiving for free from}
book launches*

     *This comes with the clause that you promote the book, but it's a good way to read new releases first.

     For a full discussion of all the places I get books from, see this post.

     Once in a blue moon, there may be a book that you need to buy right now and pay full price for. Maybe you really want to support an author, or you have to have the conclusion to your favorite series and read it before all your friends do (*cough* me with The Lunar Chronicles *cough*).

     These are cases you may ask yourself, "Do I want this so badly that I will wait on all other books I'm tempted to pay full price for through the rest of the year?"

     If the answer is yes, you buy that book! Other than that, use the myriads of other resources available to you. There are so many books freely available to you. :)

     Challenge for today: Find another way to read that book that you are tempted to pay full price for.


This post is part of my 31 Days to a Better Reading Life series.