Discussion Post: Divorce Diaries

Last night, I was driving home, listening to NPR on the radio, and I heard an oddly familiar story – It was a story about the social status of men and women when a Nigerian couple gets a divorce.  In most cases, the man maintains his social status, while the woman has to start her entire adult life over again and typically moves back to living with her parents.

This reminded me of two recent books I read about marriages in Africa – both share the similar trend but are entirely different stories as well.

Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo

In Stay with Me, Yejide and Akin live in Nigeria and their community practices polygamy, where men can take multiple wives. Akin and Yejide decide to remain monogamous, until they experience fertility problems and Akin succumbs to social pressure to take another wife. The book shows the aftermath of the decision and becomes a portait of marriage in Nigeria. At the time of my review, I gave the book 3.5 out of 5 stars, but am now reconsidering based on how long the story has remained with me.

Circling the Sun by Paula McLain

Circling the Sun takes place in Kenya and tells the story of British immigrants/settlers in the Colony. When Beryl, the protagonist, is 16 years olds, she gets married, not because she wants to, but because she has an opportunity to marry a man with status who wants to marry her. Her father encourages her to take the opportunity rather than become an old, unmarried woman in their town. The relationship doesn’t work out for Beryl, and the divorce becomes an obstacle that is hard for Beryl to overcome. She has to consider that there aren’t jobs available for females, and that even if she had a job it would be unlikely that she could support herself on her salary. For a while, it feels like the only option is for her to move back in with her father, but of course that is not ideal. I will say that in this case, the man is worried about what the divorce will do to his social standing, however he is never concerned for his livelihood or his financial independence.

I won’t tell anymore because I don’t want to spoil it for you, but it struck me that each of these stories occurs in a similar setting, and handle similar issues. If you’re interested in the culture of marriage in other societies, I would definitely check these two out. (Also funny to note, these are both books I read for The Unread Shelf Project!)

In summary:

What has this taught me? That I have so much more to learn! I don’t mean to generalize anything and recognize that Africa is a huge continent with so many diverse cultures, but I couldn’t help but notice that this was a theme in recent African literature and will be looking out for this theme in future articles and stories. Have anything to teach me or similar book recommendations? PLEASE DO!

Anticipated May Releases!

I’ll be honest, despite having this book blog and checking #bookstagram every day, I don’t always know about upcoming releases before the month starts — and then thanks to Book of The Month, I have five new books to look up and obsess over. This applies particularly to debut novels – for better or worse, I never really know about those. However next month THREE of my favorite authors have new books coming out and I’m excited to read all of them!

Calypso by David Sedaris
Release Date: May 29, 2018
Genre: Humor/Satire

David Sedaris is one of my favorite writers. He’s hilarious and inappropriate without being over the top. I love hearing his pieces on This American Life and reading all of his collections – Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, and Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls. This new book is his first essay collection in five years and if it’s not a Book of the Month selection, I will definitely be purchasing this collection!

Synopsis from Goodreads: “If you’ve ever laughed your way through David Sedaris’s cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you’re getting with Calypso. You’d be wrong.

When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And life at the Sea Section, as he names the vacation home, is exactly as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it’s impossible to take a vacation from yourself.

With Calypso, Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation toward middle age and mortality. Make no mistake: these stories are very, very funny-it’s a book that can make you laugh ’til you snort, the way only family can. Sedaris’s powers of observation have never been sharper, and his ability to shock readers into laughter unparalleled. But much of the comedy here is born out of that vertiginous moment when your own body betrays you and you realize that the story of your life is made up of more past than future.

This is beach reading for people who detest beaches, required reading for those who loathe small talk and love a good tumor joke. Calypso is simultaneously Sedaris’s darkest and warmest book yet-and it just might be his very best.”

Love and Ruin by Paula McLain
Release Date: May 1, 2018
Genre: Historical Fiction

Paula McLain’s first two books are some of those books, that get a reaction every time they are mentioned. “Oh I loved that one!” “One of my favorites ever!” are just a couple of the comments left anyime I post a photo of Circling the Sun on my instagram feed, and The Paris Wife, McLain’s first novel, gets the same reaction when I mention it too. When an author has two hits, you definitely want to pick up their third novel, and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of Love and Ruin!

Synopsis from  Goodreads: “In 1937, twenty-eight-year-old Martha travels alone to Madrid to report on the atrocities of the Spanish Civil War and becomes drawn to the stories of ordinary people caught in devastating conflict. She also finds herself unexpectedly—and uncontrollably—falling in love with Hemingway, a man already on his way to becoming a legend. In the shadow of the impending Second World War, and set against the tumultuous backdrops of Madrid, Finland, China, Key West, and especially Cuba, where Martha and Ernest make their home, their relationship and professional careers ignite. But when Ernest publishes the biggest literary success of his career, For Whom the Bell Tolls, they are no longer equals, and Martha must make a choice: surrender to the confining demands of being a famous man’s wife or risk losing Ernest by forging a path as her own woman and writer. It is a dilemma that will force her to break his heart, and her own.”

The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
Release Date: May 29, 2018
Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Ruth Ware is a magician. Each of her books creates so much suspense. The Woman in Cabin 10 and In a Dark Dark Wood blew me away with how they made me feel. Her latest, The Lying Game made me feel in suspense, but in an entirely different way! I can’t wait to read her fourth (!!) book and see where she takes us this time!

Synopsis on Goodreads: “On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person—but also that the cold-reading skills she’s honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money.

Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased…where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the center of it.

Full of spellbinding menace and told in Ruth Ware’s signature suspenseful style, this is an unputdownable thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time.”

 

12 Days of Bookstagram! (Recap)

I recently participated in the 12 Days of Bookstagram hosted by Anne Bogel of Modern Mrs. Darcy, and it was a really fun challenge to join in on! I thought 12 days was long enough to feel challenged without getting bored, and the variety of prompts pushed me out of my comfort zone, which is fun to do sometimes as a budding bookstagrammer!

The results are in and I wanted to share my photos by style and how I feel about them going forward on my feed!

1. The Single Book

Posting a photo of a single book is my favorite style! I like to set up the backgrounds to help tell my story, but let the cover steal the show. I find it important to show my followers the whole cover, including the author so they could look up the book if my caption piques their interest. For five of the twelve days I was able to use my personal style, which I was happy about!

2. Multiple Books!

I always love a good book stack photo – and so do the people on bookstagram. I used these photos for the days Shelfie and Book Stack and got a positive response to both photos! I think bookstacks give the viewer extra chances to connect with one of the books in the photo – especially in the case of the thriller stack, a lot of bookstagrammers were excitedly commenting about which book they loved and asking about others they hadn’t read yet.  I love when posts get a lot of interaction so book stack day was one of my favorites!

3. House photos!

I had so much fun taking photos of my apartment during this challenge! I don’t usually share photos of my house, mostly for the reason that this is a book account and not an interior design blog! I love following blogs like Apartment Therapy, and as much as I love my space, it doesn’t totally feel instaworthy. That being said, I loved the excuse to post pictures of my home because my space does interact with my reading life and it makes me so happy. I posted these photos for Bibliophile Life, My Reading Spot, and On My Nightstand day. These photos got less likes than my typical style, but it was fun to put them out there and have people say that they enjoyed seeing my space!

4. Busy Busy

My two least favorite days of this challenge were Bookstore and Flat Lay. These aren’t styles that I typically share on my account, because to me they end up looking busy. There are people on #bookstagram who totally nail this style, but they just don’t work for me – and that’s ok! At the end of the day this is my account and I can do what I want 🙂 .

 

I hope you enjoyed reviewing the 12 days of bookstagram with me! Let me know if you have a favorite style of book photo!

Let’s Talk Secret History and Still Life

If there are two books that I read exclusively because I saw them over and over again on #bookstagram, Secret History and Still Life are them.

Secret History by Donna Tartt is a murder novel (not a murder mystery because there isn’t really a big reveal in the end) about a group of students who commit a murder and have to live the rest of their lives with that fact. The book gave me huge existential vibes because the students are part of a small select group who are studying greek mythology and the beginning of the book focuses strongly on their work. I really enjoyed this aspect and thought it brought so much depth to the book. Months after reading it, I still find myself repeating ONE quote to myself and thinking how interesting it is that I can’t clearly remember the ending, but this quote won’t seem to leave my mind.

“We think we have many desires, but in fact we have only one. What is it?”

“To live,” said Camilla.

“To live forever,” said Bunny, chin cupped in palm.

I don’t know why, but of every line in the 550 page novel, I cannot shake that line. It just rings true.

Months later I picked up Still Life by Louise Penny and was shocked at how much it brought me back to The Secret History. I expected Louise Penny’s writing to remind me of Tana French, because they are both so beloved and as a result often compared. However, Still Life gave me major existential vibes with passages like this,

“Something drove them to ask for help and to look deep inside themselves. And the catalyst was often change and loss.”

“Are they the same thing?”

“For someone not well skilled at adapting they can be”

“Loss of control?”

“That’s a huge one, of course. Most of us are great with change, as long as it was our idea. But change imposed from the outside can send some people in to a tailspin. I think Brother Albert hit it on the head. Life is loss. But out of that, as the book stresses, comes freedom. If we can accept that nothing is permanent, and change is inevitable, if we can adapt, then we’re going to be happier people.”

Overall, I found that the Still Life had more character development, longer chapters, and more existentialism than a typical thriller, and I was really pleasantly surprised with the way the book ran.

If you’ve read either of these, let me know if you agree with me!

How to Read About Conflict in Foreign Countries

This year (and it’s only been 2.5 months!) I read two books that completely blew my mind. I relearned the fundamental fact that “I don’t know what I don’t know.”

The first of those books was Pachinko by Min Jin Lee, a fictional memoir about the Japanese occupation of Korea throughout the 20th century. The second was Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick, a non-fiction account of “ordinary lives” in North Korea. I learned SO much.

I found out about Nothing to Envy on an Instagram post, suggesting that someone participating in the #harpiesreadtheworld reading challenge may use this for the category of Read a Book About A Country the US is in Conflict With. Which got me thinking, What do I look for in a book, if I want to learn about another country and their history?

I’ve learned through past reading experiences that when I’m reading about a place I don’t know too much about, I really love feeling like 1) the book is well researched, 2) the book is fully set in reality, and 3) I need significant context to feel like I understand the entire story.

Pachinko and Nothing to Envy squarely worked for me and while they covered both genres of fiction, and non-fiction, I learned so much from both of them.

To illustrate, some recent books that have been popular but hasn’t worked for me are Exit West by Mohsin Hamid and The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. Both books had moments of magical realism in them, that lost me, made me feel like I wasn’t learning because the story wasn’t real. And speaking of context, Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo and The Alice Network didn’t dive quite deep enough for me or provide me with enough information that I can feel like I really learned a lot.

So, getting back to the positives, here are books that I would recommend to get serious context in to conflict in other countries.

Happy reading – and happy learning!

January/February Speed Reviews!

February was busy. My boyfriend and I spent two and a half weeks in New Zealand so preparing for, doing, and recovering from the trip took up pretty much the entire month. I got some reading done, but not many reviews. So I wanted to post my speed reviews here!

Sourdough by Robin Sloan

Genre: Fiction/Magical Realism
Feel Learn Wonder Review: 2 Stars
Review: Robin Sloan is the great writer who brought us Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Book Store, which I, and so many other readers loved! I expected to be taken on a similar journey this time, but the plot and character development never got me fully immersed in magical world. It ended up feeling a bit flat and forced, which was a dissapointment after loving Mr. Penumbra’s so much! For those looking for a quick palate cleanser between heavier books, this is certainly an option, but I wouldn’t expect to be sucked in to another world as much as you were with Mr. Penumbras.

Left Neglected by Lisa Genova

Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Feel Learn Wonder Review: 3 Stars
Review: I read this one as a the Diverse Book Club pick for their February topic of Chronic Illness. Left Neglect is a chronic illness in which your brain cannot imagine the left side of anything – your plate, the TV, your body, or even the room you’re sitting in. Imagine someone telling you to turn left, and you having to tell them that that’s impossible because there is no left. You know its not correct, but you just cannot find the left. Left Neglected follows the life of a busy working mother-of-two who suffers from this chronic brain injury following a car accident. The book is well done, and paints the picture of what it would feel like to be in the position of both the victim and the support system, but the plot lacks an overall arch. I felt like each chapter could have been a 40 minute tv show episode, and it definitely would be a show I would  tune in to each week, but it didn’t quite work for me as a book.

Hamilton The Revolution by Lin Manuel Miranda

Genre: Theatre
Feel Learn Wonder Review: 4 Stars
Review: I went to see Hamilton the Musical on broadway in January and I LOVED it! I went in totally fresh only knowing the song “My Shot” and not even really knowing what that meant. I requested Hamtilton: The Revolution and learned so much more about the characters, the cast, and little jokes Lin Manual Miranda through in to the lyrics. This book was such a great way to fully experience the show and by the end of the book, I had the soundtrack memorized!

Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller

Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Feel Learn Wonder Review: 3 Stars
Review: Swimming Lessons was lent to me by a friend and that usually moves a stack to the top of my TBR since I want to return it quickly. The first half of this book really worked for me. I loved the alternating narrators and the budding love stories on both sides was making this slow burn really enjoyable. Unfortunately, in the second half I became more impatient with the slow burn, and the plot seemed to drag and not come together. The ending left me wanting more, and so I had to give this one a 3 star review.

Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick

Genre: Nonfiction
Feel Learn Wonder Review: 5 Stars
Review: READ THIS BOOK! You may notice this is my only five star review in the batch and it would seriously be 10 stars if that was an option. I loved this book. I found the writing so well done, with a great balance of historical information and personal histories. I can’t even express to you how much I learned and how glad I am that I dug a little deeper to learn about the living conditions in North Korea. I don’t want to give too much away here, because I think some of the power of this book is being blown away page after page.

 

What you should pick for your BOTM Extra

It’s January 24th, so naturally I’m already gearing up for next month’s Book of the Month selections.

I bought my mom a Book of the Month membership for Christmas, and got a free book credit in the deal, so I’ve been trying to figure out what book I should get. Whenever I go diving through the BOTM archives, I’m just reminded of all the books I’ve loved so far!

Since I’m doing The Unread Shelf Project, I think I’m going to buy a book I’ve already read to have on my shelf (Tossing up The Woman in Cabin 10 or Into Thin Air) But, if you have found yourself in a similar situation – or just want to add an extra to your box here are my top five suggestions!

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If you’re looking for a well researched, slow-burning, character rich, historical fiction novel: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee (my review)

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If you’re looking for a book that will destroy you and put you back together again, while making you consider different types of relationships from your own: All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood (my review)

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If you want to experience life on the Galapagos Islands, with a touch of WWII espionage intrigue: Enchanted Islands by Allison Ahmed

 

If you’re looking for the quintessential unputdownable thriller: The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware (Confession: I don’t own The Woman in Cabin 10, yet, but these are her other two that I read this past summer!)

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If you want a new [fictional] best friend: The Hearts Invisible Furies by John Boyne

 

Honorable Mention: The Animators, The Couple Next Door, and The Profiteers.

 

 

I cannot recommend any of these enough and I’m so grateful for BOTM for bringing them in to my life!

(If you’ve been considering Book of the Month but haven’t taken the plunge, use my referral code! You’ll get a sweet deal, and I’ll get a free book)

#theUnreadShelfProject2018

Yes.. I know that a week ago I was pretty anti-bookstagram trends and cliques and giveaways (still kinda against those things…) but can’t deny that I said it here first – I will read books from my own shelf this year!

So when I allowed myself to go back on Bookstagram after a holiday break, I was so happy to see The Unread Shelf Project of 2018. If you haven’t heard of it, head over to @theunreadshelf and check out her highlighted stories! I’ll highlight the challenges so far below

Challenge 1: Count and make a list of all your unread books!

My total is 16! That’s a lot for me to read in a year since I’m sure I’ll also want to read a whole bunch of new books, but I think I can aim for one per month.

Challenge 2: Feature one unread book every day!
Where you got it? Why you got it? Do you still want to read it?

I shared three on my stories, but then thought a post would be even better! So here we go!

My top seven unread books are… drum role please!

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1. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Where I got it
Book of the Month!

Why I got it
I wanted it as soon as it came out as a BOTM (January 2017) but was intimidated by the length, but then, the desire to read it never went away so I added it to my box in December 2017.

Do I still want to read it?
Yes! In fact, as I’m writing this I’m 250 pages in. Can’t wait to get back to it after I finish this post!

2. Circling the Sun by Paula McLain

Where I got it
My mom!

Why I got it
This one was also a BOTM that I never hit “Add to my box” on. I saw it from one of my first months in 2016. I saw that my Granny was reading it and she got it from my cousin Patty, who often shares book recs with my mom. I reccomended to my mom that she ask my Granny to borrow the book and she did and loved it — so when she visited me in San Diego she gave it to me to read!

Do I still want to read it?
Yes! It was my idea in the first place right 😉 . Only joking – it actually sounds like a great book and I know a lot of people who loved her other book The Paris Wife.

3. The Confusion of Languages by Siobhan Fallon

Where I got it
Amazon Prime

Why I got it
I saw this on Bookstagram once and thought the plot sounded amazing – and the cover was beautiful! Then it was Amazon Prime Day and books were on sale and I had no self control

Do I still want to read it?
Yes! I was nervous because I didn’t like The Alice Network at all and thought I was not a historical person anymore. But reading Pachinko is restoring my faith in historical fiction. I also read Behold The Dreamers in November 2017 and loved it! I think I’m ready to dive back in to the historical fiction pool

4. What Happened by Hillary Clinton

Where I got it
Amazon Prime

Why I got it
Honestly, Bethany at @bethanyslibrary posted excerpts in her instagram story and I loved the writing she was showing! Also my birthday was coming up so….

Do I still want to read it?
Yes! I love owning this book and I don’t think I should continuing owning it without reading it – plus I already have a strong indication that I’ll love the writing!

5. Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo

How I got it
The @ardentbiblio holiday book exhchange!

Why I got it
Well this one wasn’t my choice, but Chelsey at @hereadsshereads stalked my instagram feed and mailed me a book she thought I’d like! (I think she nailed it!)

Do I still want to read it?
Yes! I’m not sure if Chelsey saw on my instagram story, but I actually got Stay with Me from the library but didn’t have time to read it and had to return it! I saw Rachael at @booksforbrunch raving about it no more than a week later and was kicking myself for returning it.

6. Playing Through the Whistle by S.L. Price

How I got it
This one was a Christmas gift from my sister and brother-in-law. They are the biggest non-fiction readers I know!

Why I got it
Playing through the Whistle is set in Alliquippa, Pennsylvania — on the other side of the river from where I grew up, and a huge football school. A lot of the students who go through Alliquippa High School play for Pitt or even the Pittsburgh Stelers. I am a Pittsburgh football lover so after my sister and brother in law loved it they got it for me (and my dad)!

Do I still want to read it?
Yes! I do love football and Pittsburgh, so this is sounds like a perfect pick for me. It’s not screaming my name at this EXACT minute, but I think I’ll get in to it as the year moves on — maybe once the steelers win the superbowl and I’m missing football in my life!

7. Modern Lovers by Emma Straub

Where I got it
The Denver Airport! 

Why I got it
I finished my book on the way to Denver and still had a train ride and flight back to worry about, so I grabbed a couple books in the airport to read on my trip! 

Do I still want to read it?
Yes! Picking it up and feeling it in my hands still brings me joy – I love the weight of it, and the colors on the cover, and the memory of the weekend before I left New York City going to Books are Magic, which is owned and curated by Emma Straub. I’m waiting for a warm month and a nice vacation to read it! In my mind, I think I’ll read it on my June trip to Savannah, GA for a bachelorette party!

So there we have it — My goal is to read these 7 [and review them all] and post an #unreadshelfproject2018 recap post in the end of the year! Here’s to a great year of reading!

 

Moving in to 2018 with Intentions Set

One thing I regret about 2017 is that I can summarize the year in to the following: four months of studying and stressing for my Professional Engineering licensing exam, six weeks of being ready to get the hell out of New York City, and six months of “adjusting” to San Diego. I feel like I let this whole year slip by as a road block to get over. So my goal for 2018, bookish and non, is to be intentional. Be present, be relaxed, be myself, and DO NOT OVERBOOK.

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This will hopefully involve less travel – or less travel due solely to the feeling of obligation. The people and events that were a part of my life on the east coast are still very very important to me, but it’s time that I start living my life in California. There’s so much to discover here and I’m ready to start trying a little bit harder.

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Our first San Diego 4th of July! Here’s to staying put on holidays to come!

On a bookish note, I want to be more intentional with my book selections. I learned in the past year that I get so fired up about non-fiction, and am pretty apathetic about historical fiction and novels. I think it’s good to challenge your reading patterns, but I can only read 30-40 books in a year, so I want them to be good ones. Books that make me feel, learn, and wonder about the world. Specifically, I want to read more about science – biographies about scientists, microhistories of different fields, and just books about nature. One thing about being a structural engineer, is that I find myself solely focused on buildings, when I got in to the field of engineering because of a much broader interest in science.

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One of the great nonfictions I read in 2017!

In terms of #bookstagram, I want to be more intentional with my posts. I think it was Rachael at @booksforbrunch, who wrote that she wants her bookstagram account to reflect more of her opinions and reviews than just ‘look at this book I just got in the mail!’. I think it’s a challenge to curate your feed in that way (Let’s face it – the peak desire to post is usually when you first open the package), but I think it will make my content more worthwhile and allow me to contribute more to the community.

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This was a fun picture to take – and ended up being my #bookstagram profile picture! I’ve never again gotten anything to balance on that ledge.

In terms of book buying, Kate at @katereadsbooks_ is the QUEEN (of many things but especially) of claiming she’s going on a book buying ban, but I think I’m going to declare 2018 a year of buying ZERO books. I want to continue my Book of the Month subscription, but otherwise I want to stick to the library. I’m heading in to 2017 with seven unread books on my shelf (and many more on my kindle) that I’ve had sitting there for the last six months.  It’s time to read them, people! So in keeping with the theme, I want to be more intentional about buying books.

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Here’s a book I bought in July and haven’t read yet! I will read this in 2018!

And in terms of this blog, I want to be more intentional about writing. This doesn’t mean posting less because, let’s face it, I haven’t written since September, but it means planning posts and writing them; reviewing books that I read; revising posts before posting them.

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2018 will be the year that I read the books I have stored on my kindle! Hopefully with some of this delicious banana bread cold brew.

Basically I want to be better, and I think that by slowing down I can achieve my goals.

The Importance of a Bookish Community

I’ve been finding recently that I think a lot about the bookish community – whether it’s Book of the Month, Goodreads,  #bookstagram, or here in the world of Book Bloggers. If the goal is to read books, why do we spend so much time taking photos of books and talking about them and all these other related activities? I definitely feel the pressure to read as many books as I can, which is usually around 40 per year, so why am I spending so much time scrolling through bookstagram or taking the time to write down my thoughts in a book review?

I think the answer is threefold –

1. We read to make connections – with the characters on the page, and the places their describing. So it makes sense that with such a desire for connection, that would extend beyond the page, and to each other.

2. We need inspiration! Sometimes you’re just not reading a great book, and it’s easy to put it down and forget about it and, honestly, forget that you love reading. But a solid scroll through some of my favorite bookstagram accounts can fire up that feeling about reading that I knew I always had, and be just what I needed to get me to open that book again.

3. We need to process these emotions! The #1 reason I started a blog was that I realized I was literally putting one book down, and picking the next one up. They were blurring together, and I wasn’t taking the time to process how they made me feel because I didn’t have a medium to do so. A lot of books deal with really tough issues – like abortion, and immigration, and metal illness – and I think its important for us to read these books and think about these issues, and it’s great to have a community to do so!

 

For about half of August, I didn’t have my phone, which made me think a lot about if I was just addicted to #bookstagram and if I should go back to it when my phone was returned to me. Somedays I  really missed the bookstagram community, and some days I didn’t, but I did realize that my motivation to read was slightly lacking. I wasn’t seeing my “friends” getting excited about books, so what did it matter if I kept going with The Alice Network. Obviously, this isn’t a life or death situation, but I came to the realization that a bookish community in any form is important to me.

So what now? 1. I’m going to keep blogging and bookstagramm-ing. 2. I’m starting my own book club in San Diego (more on that on a post to come, but spoiler, I’m really excited!)

Your Turn:

What’s your favorite aspect of the bookish community?

What does blogging or bookstagramming mean to you?

Do you think you’d miss it if you stopped?