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Community: as in the book community, of course.
For me, there are probably three main sources I get my information from.
Goodreads is probably one of the most popular, if not THE most popular book website. You can review and keep track of books, but that’s not the point here.
Using Goodreads, you can learn of new books that your favorite authors write or of the most popular books. You can find a post here where I talk about how Goodreads changed my bookish life.
And also sometimes I read reviews that go like “there’s been a controversy” and I’m like WHAT because a) idk how. To. Keep up with news?? And b) #drama*
*what do you MEAN I shouldn’t enjoy drama??
Other social networking services work, like Instagram and Facebook, but I think that a big social networking platform that most bloggers use is Twitter.
I have definitely gained more from Twitter than from Instagram, because with Instagram, people can unfollow you randomly AND you need to have Bookstagram photos.
And I feel like there’s more of a community on Twitter, because you say your thoughts, AND it’s easier to communicate with people, which overall leads to more community, etc.
ALSO I was super inactive on Bookstagram for a while and my follower count was at around 20 (people kept on unfollowing… which makes sense. I WAS inactive.)
while when I was on Twitter and super inactive I gained like 100 followers? #whoevenknows
So I guess that helped me conclude that the book community is definitely more TOGETHER and interactive* on Twitter.
And also sometimes bloggers/readers I follow post a reaction and I’m like “WAIT WHAT HAPPENED” and they link me to the thread so… yeah, definitely more responsive.
I feel like the main comments on Instagram are like “heart emoji beautiful pic!” Instead of in depth conversations but really I wasn’t on Bookstagram for that long before I decided that I didn’t have enough aesthetic photos to keep going.
*I love talking with people about books.. so if you want to talk about books I AM HERE (@blotsofink maybe you should follow me. Just a suggestion*.)
*Gosh, I should stop plugging myself all the time.
There are two main ways. Either the blogger I follow posts a reaction or input on news, to which I then read EVERYTHING about it.
sometimes bloggers have those “RECAP” posts where they sum up things that happened during the month, and they usually include book news.
There are also book news bloggers themselves.
Some that I know of are The Fandom.Net and Publishers Weekly.
So… what do YOU use to keep up with the book community and how effective is it?
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