Favorite Five Places to Chat About Books
Today I’m going to be talking about talking about books! Sometimes it’s hard out there for book lovers to find other book lovers in the wild to talk about the books we love. Because if there’s one thing book lovers love more than reading books, it’s talking about them. I spend the majority of my book chatting time online. My husband’s always asking me ‘what are you doing online? who are you messaging?’ and my answer is, 95% of the time, ‘talking about books’. 😀
I’ve spent SO MUCH TIME over the last five years talking books with folks on reddit. It’s fair to say that my TBR pile has grown exponentially thanks to the folks in this forum. I’ve also met a lot of great people and made some friends, and even gotten to know some authors! I think it’s also fair to say that joining this forum had a huge impact on my life and I’m so very glad for it.
Before I started blogging, I didn’t spend quite as much time in the bookish realms of twitter, even though I had quite a few bookish friends on there and followed some authors. Now I spend the majority of my time on twitter talking about books. I’ve also gotten lots of book recommendations from books there, too! For example, I probably wouldn’t have picked up Jeannette Ng’s Under the Pendulum Sun if it hadn’t been for another author in my twitter feed raving about it. Seeing people have such passionate reactions to books always makes me interested.
Book clubs are a relatively new thing for me in the past few years. I’m lucky enough that I have a lot of friends in real life that are also readers, and I know that’s not the case for everyone, so I never really felt like I was missing out talking about books with people. Still, I decided to start my own book club centered around tea parties because, well, I wanted an excuse to throw tea parties on a regular basis. Book clubs are also great if you don’t have people in your life to chat with, there are lots of bookstores and organizations that run clubs.
Okay so this one is pretty specific to my own situation. I work in a very small office but most of us are fairly nerdy into a variety of things like video games, comics, fantasy books, SFF tv shows and movies, board games, RPG, anime, etc. Two of my coworkers have read The Dresden Files so last year when I was reading all of those books we had a lot of fun conversations. One of my coworkers has read American Gods (and other Gaiman) and just this week we were talking about the tv show vs the books. Even though a lot of things about my work get on my nerves, my coworkers are all pretty awesome to geek out with.
My husband reads but not NEARLY as much as I do. He probably reads somewhere between eight and twelve books a year. Still, he’s always been interested in the things I read and will often ask me about books. He doesn’t mind spoilers and, in fact, asks me to tell him entire story lines sometimes, and then he’ll ask me about my thoughts on the books too. He’s always very genuinely interested, even when I start boring myself but going on and on forever. I think one night I talked to him about Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles for two hours lol.
Besides all of these fun places, I also spend a lot of time talking about books through blogging and other people’s blogs! I thought that was pretty obvious though so I didn’t put it on my list, hah. Feel free to stop by here and leave a comment on one of my posts or hit me up on twitter at any time because, well, I love talking about books! 🙂