Bookish Blog Posts on the Ning - Where are the bookish nerdfighters?!

Hello! I am Clover, your new Books Administrator. Longtime nerdfighters might recognise me from when I was Books NM from years ago *waves* Well, I'm back. This blog comes to you in three parts. The first, I feel as though some introductions are in order but I'll make them brief. Second part will be my plan for the future and third, I'd like to celebrate other bookish Nerdfighters here on the Ning!

Thing 1, Introductions: I am a book nerd. Have been my entire life. Growing up, I always had a book in my hand, I was always reading something. Now as an adult that obsession with books continues.  I was a bookseller for many years and loved my job. For the past seven years, I've been a book blogger. I go out of my way to read books, write about the books that I read, and (I think most importantly) promote books in a variety of ways.  Think of the way that book stores are struggling, the way libraries are being undervalued and closed down.  In response to these things and other factors, I think we all need to go out of our way to support literacy, to support book stores and libraries, to support our favourite books and authors. I will be writing more about this at another time but maybe just keep in the back of your mind ways in which you think you could support books and authors!

Thing 2, Plans: As your new Books Administrator I have lots of plans. I want to bring you books recommendations and interesting news and things that I hope you'll find interesting. I'd like to organise different authors to swing by with guest posts and recommendations of their own. I'd like nerdfighters to come together and interview different authors together about all these things that Nerdfighters might want to know. But most of all, I want the Nerdfighters Ning to be a place where you go to find cool bookish things. Don't you? 

Thing 3, A Call to Arms: I want to use this post to highlight some of the cool bookish blog posts that nerdfighters are already writing. And I want to say 'YES PLEASE! MORE OF THIS!' It makes me happy to see people writing about books on here. And I'm hoping that more of you might do this more if only you knew what other people were doing. Please, please, please support other nerdfighters by reading their blog posts and commenting. Reward their hard work by taking a minute and leaving a comment. It's always appreciated.

First up, 100,000 Pages in 365 Days by Joie Ling - I'd love to see more Nerdfighters writing about reading challenges. Joie is challenging herself to reading an enormous amount of pages in one year. Do you think you could do it?

Book challenges can be anything, not just page numbers or a number of books read in a period of time. You could challenge yourself to read 10 books you always wanted to read but never have. You could challenge yourself to read books in a certain genre, like on those lists you see everywhere... top 100 scifi-fantasy novels. You could look at what you've read recently and realise that you read all male authors and want to challenge yourself to read more female authors. Or maybe you'd like to read more books by British/Canadian/Turkish authors. Challenges are fun! I challenge YOU to challenge YOURSELF. And then blog about it here on the Ning!

Another type of reading challenge are Read-a-thons, like the one KnittyWitty took part in!

Next, Miguel Palaio showed us his Newest Book Haul. I cannot even put into words how much I adore seeing other people's books. It doesn't have to be the newest, or even books you bought - show me your bookshelves, the books you checked out of the library. Show me what's on your wish list, show me books that you're dying to read and that haven't been published yet. Show me your favourite books as a child and how beaten up and well-loved they are. Just show me your books. If I like seeing them, I'm sure others will too.

Personally, I love to read other people's opinion posts about books. It's good to have opinions, to ask questions, even have a little rant now and again. And Nicholas Andrew Hunter does this by asking Why Is Harry Potter So Popular? Do agree/disagree with his points? Let him know in comments. I always feel like blog posts should be the start of a conversation with other people ... without the interaction with blog readers than most of us bloggers wouldn't bother. So write a blog post (write several!) about your thoughts on books. Which series of books should everyone be reading? Which film adaptations are you most looking forward to? What's one book you were forced to read and you hated? One you loved unexpectedly? You must have some thoughts on books, yes? Write them down, share them with Nerdfighteria!

And I'd definitely also like to see more posts like Maddie Gallagher's about the  books she thought were horrible.  You don't have to stick with the negative slant. What're some books that you don't think get enough attention? Which books do you return to and read and reread? What books have you read this year that made you cry? There's an entire world of possibility when writing about books.

And finally, the reviews. I love seeing reviews from Nerdfighters. If you've ever wandered into the Books section of the forum, you'll see that most Nerdfighters want and need plenty of book recommendations. We've all finished Harry Potter, we've read all of John's books. Where do we go from here? That's where reviews come in. They're great at giving you the overall flavour of a book and you can read them and have a better understanding of whether or not that book will be a book for you. I love that Adela Bezemer-Cleverley regularly reviews books here. Here is her review of Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman and another one on Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers.  Also, Pat Tierney has reviewed The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud and The Eye of Minds by James Dashner.

Do you read books and want to recommend them to other nerdfighters? I wish you would write reviews as well! That'd be marvelous.

So, please do click on all of the links above and share your thoughts with these awesome nerdfighters. And then have a little think about writing your own bookish blog posts or reviews! I'll do my best to have a wade through the books section to find your bookish posts otherwise get in touch with me personally to share your links. I'll do what I can to promote these for you.

Where are all the bookish nerdfighters? We need you.

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Comment by Priscilla Tan on October 6, 2013 at 9:56pm

Hey Clover,

Thanks for the reply. Oh yes, a paid book reviewer/blogger;it's tough!

Comment by Michelle on October 5, 2013 at 2:47am
You want to get paid for it, do you mean? I guess some people do. But not a great many people!
Comment by Priscilla Tan on October 5, 2013 at 1:14am

I'm trying to make a living as a book blogger. That would be a dream come true! But is it possible? Share your thoughts :) 

Comment by Pat Tierney on October 2, 2013 at 3:45pm

Never Fade
Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Never Fade (The Darkest Minds 2)
by Alexandra Bracken
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Level: 7 and up
Series: Darkest Minds Novel, A
Hardcover: 512 pages
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (October 15, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1423157516
ISBN-13: 978-1423157519

I received an ARC of this book from Hyperion.
This review is also posted on Get Kids to Read

Alexandra Bracken's The Darkest Minds which came out in December of 2012 was definitely one of the best books I read last year. As a huge fan, I was anxiously waiting to read and review the second book. Never Fade continues a little bit after the tragic ending of the first book.
Ruby is now working for the Children's League and has to take on a mission that will keep Liam out of danger.
Bracken continues her story in a book that is well paced and continues to develop the characters we know and love from book one. Chubs, Ruby, and Liam continue to grow as characters and are very believable. Bracken is a master of the story arc and understands the ten pole of drama. Act one introduce everybody, Act II the characters get into the worst situations of their lives, I finished this book wishing I could delve right into book 3 but need to wait until it comes out.

Fans of the series should note that the novella In Time takes place between The Darkest Minds and Never Fade. In Time was released this summer and is available digitally now, it will be included in the paperback version of The Darkest Minds this fall.

I rate this book five stars or go to the store to get this at midnight.

Comment by Laura Leydes on October 1, 2013 at 12:39pm

I go to my local bookstore several times a month. A lot of the locally owned bookstores in my city closed down. So I try to spend all my extra money there. I know it's a lot more expensive than Amazon, but keeping a great real bookstore around is a lot more important. I try to attend as many of their events as I can. I have met a bunch of visiting authors over the past few years. I asked if John Green ever came there and they said "NO, but we have wanted to get him for years!"

I bought all my Christmas gifts there the last few years as well. I always ask "How is the store doing?" and thankfully they always say "Good! Thanks for asking." And they also added "If we recognize you than you are doing a good job." And everyone knows me.

SO I agree bookstores and libraries are important. They tore down our library this summer. (The one I used to go to growing up.) It's weird seeing a big hole there. They are building a new one. I don't know when that one will open though.

I do worry about Amazon getting rid of the need for bookstores. Or that we will eventually not have libraries.

I wanted to get into a book club or a writing group. I still have not found one.

Comment by Michelle on October 1, 2013 at 3:23am

Thanks for the reviews and blog post links here! I'd love to see some of that content here on the Ning and for some more interaction with nerdfighters... :)

Zara - yes, hello! I love the sound of a YA lit class at college. What sort of books are you reading and what are the main themes of that class? I'd love to hear all about it!

Comment by Zara on October 1, 2013 at 3:01am

I remember when you were books admin before...welcome back! Unfortunately I don't have as much time to read now because I'm in college and BUSY (wah, but I also love it), but the YA Lit class I'm taking this semester gives me an excuse to read for fun and be productive at the same time. :D

Comment by Priscilla Tan on September 29, 2013 at 7:51pm

Come say hello at Priscilla and her Books !

Comment by Saara Maria on September 29, 2013 at 2:49pm

I've linked my reviews on Goodread to my profile here. :) But perhaps I ought to do something else bookish as well!

Truth is, I read much, much less than I used to. :/ It's not that I love books any less than before, hells no — it's just that I have so many other distractions...

Comment by Pat Tierney on September 29, 2013 at 1:14pm

The Shadows (The Books of Elsewhere, #1)The Shadows by Jacqueline West
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jacqueline West has written a superb premier novel. It is about a girl named Olivia who moves into an old Victorian house. The house is filled with secrets including three strange cats and a pair of glasses that allow Olivia to enter the paintings. As Olivia explores she discovers the house is hiding a secret and she tries to solve the mystery of her house an incredible adventure unfolds. The adventure is reminecent of Narnia with the multiple worlds formula and the author even references Narnia at one point. This is an absolutely superb book by a new author. Read alike: 100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson.

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