What are your favourite things about people who love to read and are really passionate about books?
Oh my gosh, I love this question. Holy crap. *throws head back and tries not to rant*
Ok. Deep breath.
I have always loved books. I don’t remember NOT knowing how to read. There’s just always been books in my life. My mom reads chick-lit, my Nana reads mysteries. My Grandaddy absolutely loves Beverly Lewis’s Amish series.
Me, I read EVERYTHING. You know this. But I don’t just read, I TALK about reading. I have to. Books are like oxygen to me, and if I can’t be reading, I’m thinking about what to read next, or reading about reading, or making lists about books. And that’s where you guys come in. My people. The people who understand what that feels like, to be obsessed. It’s not enough to just read a book and put it back on a shelf.
Talking about books is the one subject that gets introverts out of our shells. And that’s really hard to do. 90% of the time, we would much rather be tucked away in a corner of a cozy couch reading. But, for an hour, maybe two, we may be coaxed out to a bookstore, or a bar, to discuss what book we’ve read lately at a book club, or just with a group of like minded friends. And then, after the book talk is done, maybe we’ll start talking about other things and stay awhile longer over beer or coffee. But books are what drew us out.
And the Tumblr/Blogging community. How many friends have I made since I discovered you people?! So many! I am writing regularly, and having real conversations about real things. And it all started because of people passionate about books. We just needed a place where we could all converge and post pretty pictures of pretty books and geek out about signings and conventions and OMG GUYS THE NEW EDITION OF HARRY POTTER IS GETTING RELEASED! (So jealous of you people who have those btw.)
We challenge each other to Instagram photo months and these readathons. We do book sprints and cheer each other up when we are in sprints. And we even have our own Bookvengers when someone is being horrible!
I am reading more, I am reading harder, I am reading better, because I am being challenged, supported, encouraged. And most of all, because I enjoy and look forward to sharing it all with you. This is what being a book community is all about. This is why I love book people.