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.