DISCUSSION: Book Blogging & Real Life

I’ve had a few posts about making bookish friends in real life, or how to balance real life and reading/blogging, but have always seemed to neglect this discussion post. It wasn’t until I posted a discussion about friending and following people on Twitter and Goodreads that I had a few questions come up from readers:

Brie said: 

Leanne said:

It seems that we’re all fine talking about blogging with other bloggers, but when it comes to our real life, do we talk about blogging with our family and friends? Do our family and friends check out the blog and comment? Or are we stuck in our own little world of blogging, where it’s only acceptable to talk about blogging with other bloggers?

I am a HUGE reader. I can talk about reading with anyone, even if it makes me come across as a crazy person. My husband isn’t even a reader and I’ll go off on tangents about books to him while he gives me that “You’re so pretty” look. But when it comes to blogging, I don’t talk to him too much about it. I’ll mention things I have on the go, or posts I have to write, or maybe talk about a review book I have to read, but I don’t expect him to check out the blog. I think the only time he’s seen it was when I was redoing the design and the header and I showed him the final product. To me, it’s not something I expect from him.

The same goes for family and friends. Of course, it would be AWESOME to have family and friends check out the blog, comment on posts, or pick up books based on my recommendations, but it still seems like something so new – something that I just don’t talk about. I know blogging has been around for a long time, but sometimes it seems like other people view blogging as throwing your personal life out there for all the world to see (something I’m used to, being a musician and all), but when it comes to book blogging, it’s more about sharing a love of reading with people. Surely, these are two different things right? Continue reading

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GUEST POST: Reading Changes Lives (Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books)

Today, as part of of blogiversary celebration, I’m happy to have Alexa from Alexa Loves Books on the blog for a guest post! Thank you, Alexa, for being a part of the celebration!

I haven’t always been a big reader, but I totally agree with this post and that reading changes lives. I can’t imagine what I would be doing now if I didn’t love books so much.

Alexa is a book blogger from New York, who loves to read, travel, and write!

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READING CHANGES LIVES

I’ve been an avid reader since I was in diapers. There’s never been a time that I can’t remember having books in my life. Although I may not have reading as part of my profession, I’d like to think that it’s a big enough part of my life that I can make grand, sweeping statements like this one:

Reading changes lives.

Ever since I became conscious of how important reading is to me, I have realized that it has a greater impact than even I could imagine. Here are three ways in which I think reading changes lives (or, more specifically, how it changed mine):

1. New worlds & perspectives are opened up.

One of my favorite things about reading is how it exposes you to all these new things. I’m an Asian-American, middle class kid, who grew up in a pretty typical household. Reading helped me explore different worlds and eras through different characters. At a young age, for instance, I was able to experience the Victorian era (through the American Girl series about Samantha), being lost in a forest and forced to survive (Hatchet) and the business of learning to ride and care for horses (The Saddle Club).

The experiences I had while reading helped broaden my personal perspective. I stepped out of my own shoes every single time I picked up a book, and into a new pair, care of the story. I think this is definitely something that automatically teaches readers how to respect and understand others.

It also leads to my second point… Continue reading

GUEST POST: Witches: From Book to Screen (Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books)

Alexa Loves Books

Today I am happy to have Alexa, from Alexa Loves Books here on the blog for WITCH WEEK, talking about witch and wizard books that have been made into movies, TV shows — or even performed on Broadway!

I love a good visual witch performance, so this should be good!

Alexa is a book blogger from New York, who loves to read, travel, and write!

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It’s Alexa of Alexa Loves Books and I am so excited to be back on Kristilyn’s blog and posting again, this time for witch/wizard week! I love witches and wizards much more than I love zombies, and so, I’m pretty excited about this week’s post. In lieu of posting a review of a witch book, I thought I’d share some fairly neat titles with witches/wizards that have gone from books/comics to film, TV and even Broadway!

BROADWAY

Wicked by Gregory Maguire has actually been adapted into a Broadway show (which I’ve now seen twice). I enjoyed reading the book, but I have to say – the show is pretty darn spectacular. I love that it gives a completely different take on the Wicked Witch of the West.

TV SHOWS

The Secret Circle series by L.J. Smith is was actually turned into a show, and I thought, based on the few episodes I did get to watch, that it was pretty awesome. Sadly, the show has since been cancelled.

The Vampire Diaries, also by L.J. Smith, is about to premiere season four (starting October 11, 8PM on the CW), and I am still as in love with it as when it started. There’s technically only very minimal witch involvement, as it’s obviously mostly about vampires, but I’d say it still counts, especially when Bonnie does her thing. Continue reading