Reading books has been a lifelong obsession, but it has only been the past decade or two that I’ve thought of sharing my reading with others. Reading books builds communities, and communities build better mental health and a support system.
I’ve been speaking about readers and book reading for a long while now, and below, I share a few posts on reading books, reviewing them, recommending them, and simply enjoying them.
Reading Books: Top Book Blogging Tips: How to Thrive as a Book Blogger
I consider myself to be a life-long bookworm. I lived in a rural area as a young child and the highlight of my days back then was when the mobile library parked up the road from our house. Always an avid reader, I studied library science courses when my children were adolescents. I was following my life-long dream to work with books. Once within the library system, I worked myself up to the position of cataloger… Read More
Reading Books: Shay Recommends Nine Heartwarming Romance Novels to Celebrate Valentine’s Day
As a bookstagrammer I’m all about the buddy reads, and most months I read between 15-20 titles a month. I adore being a part of this community of readers, supporting authors, and escaping with a great book at every chance possible… Read More
Reading Books: What Book Series Have You Read Lately?
I did not grow up loving reading. In fact, I despised reading, almost to the point I didn’t like reading signs on the road. It wasn’t until later that I was diagnosed with dyslexia. Reading in school was a reminder that I was a failure and, sadly, many adults fed my insecurities… Read More
Reading Books: 6 Degrees of Separation: A Mega-Book-Giveaway and a Meme
The idea is to start with a book, at the same place as other wonderful readers, add six novels through a variety of connections, and see where you end up… Read More
Reading Books: What are You #Reading This Weekend?
The National Library has all the books I’d love to read and many many more. Most books I buy these days are gifts—books by authors I know to readers I know and love. Only on rare occasions have I found our library branches lacking a book I wanted my grubby hands on–and they acquire the audio and ebook versions as well!.. Read More
Reading Books: What Books Have You Read Lately?
Books have been my escape these past weeks of stressful personal situations. Ever since I’ve been foolish enough to take up writing, it’s been hard not to read like a writer. In times of crisis, the process of reading falls back to what it once was, the pure pursuit of pleasure. (Horrid alliteration, but in the spirit of not taking things too seriously, I’ll let it stand.) I’ve found myself reading across genres, and wanted to share my ‘escape books’ with you… Read More
Have you been reading a lot lately? What was your latest recommended read? Have you read any of the above posts?
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I remember reading the pile of heart warming romance novels from this list of posts. I might look forward to read a few from them because that’s one pile I underrate often. Thanks for such a varied list Damayanti. I would love to read as much as I can everyday, but often it’s a page or two on some days. Hoping to make some more time for reading this year and in the coming years. However, I am having a good time reading children books every day! 🙂
I’m glad some of the book suggestions worked for you. You’ll find even more suggestions in the free reading gazette I send out each month. All the best in your reading journey!
Hi Damyanti. The links for the posts don’t seem to be working… As for feeding my reading addiction I’d have to credit three things: 1) sites like NetGalley and Edelweiss where I download digital ARCs 2) reading other people’s blogs whose reading tastes I share 3) Amazon Kindle deals.
So sorry the links are not working–they seem to work well for me. That’s a fine way of picking up books you have there.
Thank you for sharing!!.. when it comes to reading I just follow my heart, today a mystery, tomorrow a love story, the day after Que Sera Sera…. 🙂
At the moment I am reading Agatha Christie and waiting for your new book on Amazon…. 🙂
Until we meet again..
May your day be touched
by a bit of Irish luck,
Brightened by a song
in your heart,
And warmed by the smiles
of people you love.
Larry, that’s a cool way of looking at your reading, and indeed, at life.
Hi Damyanti – I’ve always been a good reader – yet now I want to read fairly serious books and just need to take time out to read them, and occasionally manage to do so – I struggle with fiction, though I love reading good ones. I enjoy thrillers or mysteries … but the serious ones call me. I need to take myself to library to scan read a book that I feel I need to get some idea about – then I can read properly later on. I hope that makes sense! Cheers Hilary
I guess I’ve switched to internet reading. I do remember the old days when one would go to a book stall and check out the back of the book summary before purchasing.
I’ve been reviewing books for awhile. As a former English teacher and librarian recommending books is a compulsive pleasure.
The internet has been a godsend – there are so many book-related communities online.
Indeed. It is lovely to be able to chat books with others.
With an eye to the future, when I may be housebound or bedridden or living in a nursing home— who knows?—I have been filling a disused iPad with reading material, all 99cents a book, or free or at most $1.99. Many are mysteries or thrillers an addiction and some are classics I’ve neglected or would like to reread. I have hundreds, and they give me lots of security and reassurance. And no, so far I have not read one of them—saving them all for my old age
Martha, I hope you’re never in one of the situations that concern you so much, but I’m glad you’re filling up your iPad. Having reading material on hand is reassuring for me, too.
Reading is one of my dominant obsessions. I read every day, and cannot imagine a life without books.
My most recent read was The Selected Works of T.S Spivet by Leif Larsen. Interesting, but not a keeper.
The last book I read is Village Teacher by Nguyễn Trọng Hiền. I highly recommend it!
Sounds fascinating. I’ll have a look.