It’s All About the Books
I love books. I love reading them. I love writing them. I love talking about them, collecting them, hoarding them. I not only have books in every room, I also have a Kindle, a Nook, and/or an iPad with me at all times.
Some people might call that a tad bit obsessive, but if you’re an avid reader like me, you’re probably nodding your head right now, because you get it.
Social media has allowed many of us to connect through our shared penchant for books, and that is, in a word, awesome. We can talk about them, share them, promote them, recommend them, but even more than that, we’ve found friends in kindred spirits we might never have met otherwise, and not just in our respective neighborhoods, but all over the world. Think about that for a moment: you can share your love for that new romcom or whatever with someone on the other side of the world.
That’s some heady stuff, and for that, I am truly appreciative.
Things are changing, however, as things have a way of doing. Facebook, in particular, is implementing some new rules that are going to make those connections and interactions less visible and more difficult to maintain. For example, simply “liking” something is no longer going to be considered a positive an engagement (and not really an engagement at all). Posts with certain words will be suppressed. In a nutshell, it’s going to be harder for authors to reach readers.
I have no intention of stepping away from Facebook. I’m pretty active there, and I enjoy hanging out in my reader group, the Zanders Clan. I will be trying to build up a presence in other places, though, because I’m really not fond of all the “Big Brother” changes these days, and I’m really, really tired of someone else forcibly controlling what I can and can’t read, write, post, or like.
One of those places I’ll be exploring is Goodreads. Yes, it’s owned by Amazon, but it’s all about books and readers and bringing those two things together – at least for now. I’m still learning; Goodreads isn’t exactly intuitive and it’s not always easy to navigate, but I’m willing to give it a try.
If you’d like to do some exploring with me, please follow and/or friend me on Goodreads. I’ll be over there more often, posting book-related news and updates and stuff. Hope to see you there