This is the seventh post in a series of 12 ways to help authors (and your writing) by reading.
I don’t share chocolate very well, but I love sharing books.
We support our favorite writers when we share his or her work.
You can help when you share:
- a book with a friend
- via word of mouth
- on your blog
Print books are great for this. You have a book. You have a conversation about a book. You let a friend borrow it. Your enthusiasm may have created a new fan.
I became the recipient of several books this week, because a friend shared her love for Amish romance books. So, when I thought an aspect of Amish life would be good for a future manuscript, I contacted my friend. She graciously shared several books with me. Now, I just need to pick one to read.
Ebooks have complicated sharing a little bit. After reading the Divergent series by Veronica Roth, I thought I could share my copy with my sister. I missed the memo that not all books are loanable. Sigh. Many of the self-published (or indie-published authors) allow this option!
Thankfully, we can share books via word of mouth — no matter what format. This year, I continue to follow my name them rule and list the title and the author’s name when I mention these books in conversations or social media.
Our blogs are a great place to share books too. I enjoy reading reviews. I continue to add books to my library list I missed in 2013, but found through year-in-review blogs.
What’s your favorite way to share books?
Reading: The past week included several small, random reading projects and a number of meetings. I also spent a lot of time studying ABC concept books — picture books sharing the alphabet. I typed out 49 books to study the words used to tell the story of the alphabet. I read books with a string of letters, with beautiful artwork and photographs, and with fun twists. My ABC apocalypse, as I called it for a few reasons, is almost over, so I can return to more “adult” oriented reading this week.
If you missed any of the Reader University posts,
- I share why I’m doing Reader Universtiy here.
- My first post Reader University: Try
- My second post Reader University: Read
- My third post Reader University: Name
- My fourth post Reader University: Review
- My fifth post Reader University: Follow
- My sixth post Reader University: Learn
Cathy Ballou Mealey says
Forty nine?? Wow – color me impressed! Hope it revealed some new insights.
Oddly on a few letters Cathy. I’m surprised at the repetition of certain words, even in the unique story ABC books.
Patricia Tilton says
I have just finished reading Kathleen Fuller’s Amish books for adults and YA. And, I’m always passing Amish books along. Also love Jody Hedlund’s books. I still like a book in hand — but I have so many I have to pass them on to others. My spiritual books are the ones I keep, even if written in the 1940s.
Yes, I’m impressed too that you’re studying 49 alphabet books. I’ve just gegun to study modern fables. I wrote a manuscript without realizing that’s what I had written. An editor pointed it out and suggested where to go because there were point I needed to understand.
Maybe if I like the books my friend shared, I’ll look up Kathleen Fuller!I have more than 49, but haven’t cataloged the words in my file or they are images showing the alphabet. It’s fun studying a specific type of book for several reasons – we can learn and also it often shows how many similar books are out there in the market.
Erik - This Kid Reviews Books says
Sounds great! I do this all of the time. I have a classmate who likes law, so I let her borrow my copy of THEODORE BOONE: KID LAWYER by John Grisham (it’s a kid’s book!). 🙂
You do a wonderful job of sharing books Erik in so many ways. I didn’t know about the John Grisham kids books.
Sue Wang says
I like to share book reviews on my blog, Amazon reviews, or on Pinterest -a picture of the book, a link, and a couple of sentences why it’s good. I believe in sharing the good stuff and appreciate it when others share. So thank you for sharing these fab ideas in the Reader U!
It’s fun to share the ones we love. I always forget about Pinterest! One day, I’ll have a better routine with all of this.
I belong to GoodReads and share my love for reading there with my reviews and comments on my friend’s reviews. I, too, grow my library with word of mouth reviews.
My son gave us HBO’s Game of Thrones for Christmas and now I’m reading the five volume set. I confess, I’m addicted to these stories. I love them and can’t get enough.
Kindle has been a real boon in obtaining new books to read although I still go to the library and bring tons home every week.
I haven’t read that series yet. I do love addictive stories … even though my to do list does not.
Penny Parker Klostermann says
Since I substitute quite a bit, I share titles of my favorite picture books with the teachers!
That’s great that you share and that you substitute!