Join My “Book Club”

As a book lover, I’m always interested in what other people are reading to see if I might enjoy it myself. I also like discussing theories and ideas for books that are coming out.

I have a very limited circle of friends, and my experiences are limited to my regular schedule, so I don’t often get to experience what books other people are interested in. Plus being busy most days I don’t get to be involved in the regular chatter and excitement of upcoming books.

That’s why I decided to come up with the idea for a little community “book club”.

It won’t be a scheduled book club. I’m not planning on making people read certain books by a certain date or anything. I just figured I should make a community of book loving people, whether you’re a blogger or not, who want to talk about books, get opinions, and talk about what’s coming up.

It’ll all be hosted on Discord, so it’s not anything formal. There will be some rules against profanity and such, but other than that there will be channels depending on what book you want to talk about.

I’ll throw in a link here: https://discord.gg/sNYTree for you to follow if you’re interested. It’s still a work in progress, but you’re more than welcome to join. If you want a certain channel made, let me know and we can make one.

I’d love to see some people join the “book” club to talk about what books their interested in right now, or talk about the latest in book news. I think it’s a good chance to bring the global book community together for some fun.

10 Book Related Podcasts You Need to Listen To

So I’m sure there are plenty of people out there who love books and love podcasts. So what could be better than combining the two? Below are my top 10 picks for book related podcasts you need to listen to.

#1: Get Booked

Get Booked is a podcast from Book Riot, where listeners can ask for book recommendations based on…really anything! Maybe you’re headed to Paris for vacation and want a book set there, or you just read Crazy Rich Asians and need a read-alike STAT, or you’re going through a breakup and need something to help you through it. No matter the question, hosts Amanda and Jenn have got recs for you. Plus, they try to actually read the books before recommending them, so you know you’re getting something good.

#2: Fictional

This podcast takes classic literature (think Frankenstein and The Count of Monte Cristo) and retells them in a modern and relatable way. So whether you never got around to reading these in high school or you’re a classics junkie who wants a refresher, this podcast is for you. Bonus: At the end of each episode, the host will tell you about a hilariously cringeworthy supervillain from old comic books!

 

#3: Getting Into Comics

With the world of comic books being as widespread and complex as it is, it can be intimidating for someone just starting out to know where to begin. Enter Tim, who uses this podcast to help comic book newcomers ease their way in. He’ll explain terms, share ideas on where to get started, and even break down stories so you can find one that’s right for you!

 

#4: The New Yorker: Fiction

Running since 2007 — yes, you read that right! Podcasts are really that old — this podcast features a different renowned author each month. They choose a favorite story from the magazine’s fiction section, read it aloud, and discuss it with fiction editor Deborah Treisman. This one will definitely be thought-provoking, so it’s perfect if you’re looking for something that will really stimulate your brain without adding to your TBR.

 

#5: Drunk Booksellers

Here’s another podcast for those booklovers who like to sip while they read. In this podcast, Emma and Kim interview fellow booksellers around America, talking favorite books and the industry in general — while sipping on literary-themed drinks, of course.

 

#6: Tales

Think fairy tales are all princesses and true love? Tales will show you otherwise. Every week, host Vanessa tells a classic fairy tale the way they were originally written — dark undertones and adult themes included. You’ll learn about the origins and cultural relevance of these tales while getting to hear the story firsthand from Vanessa herself.

 

#7: What Should I Read Next?

If you find yourself asking that very question, then Anne’s podcast can help you! Anne chats with real-life people, discovering their likes and dislikes, and then recommends real books to them. As a self-proclaimed “modern Mrs. Darcy,” you can be sure your TBR is in good hands with Anne.

 

#8: 33% Pulp

In this podcast, hosts Linzi, Amber, and Daniel read classic pulp novels…only they don’t read the entire thing. Instead, each host is randomly assigned one-third of the novel and they each recap their portion for the others. If you’re a fan of pulp and/or hilarious hijinks that ensue from only reading a portion of a book, then this is the podcast for you

 

#9: Ink to Film

Whether you’re a fan of screen adaptations of books or not, you’ll enjoy listening to writer Luke and filmmaker James discuss the topic. Each episode, they read a book and then watch the film or show adaptation. Then they review from their unique points of view.

 

#10: Major Spoilers

Love comics? So do Bryan, Rodrigo, and Stephen. So in each episode of Major Spoilers, they cover comic book news, review new titles, and sometimes dive into the general world of comic book pop culture. That means movies, shows, etc. Whether you’re new to the comic book world or a total expert, you’ll find something to love.

 

Do you have other suggestions? Let me know in the comments secion

My Goals for 2019

I know about a month and a half ago I had set some reading goals for myself for the year. I still plan on sticking with them, but I completely forgot about what goals I had for the blog and my social media channels.

I’m a relatively new blog, so some of these goals don’t seem like much to other people, but I figured I would set a decent milestone for myself and use it as a good foundation going forward.

Blog

I started this blog in September 2018 for a school assignment and really enjopyed doing it, so I decided to start doing it more full-time. I haven’t made any money from it yet, but I hope to in the future. I’m currently sitting at 32 followers on my blog, and I want to hit 100 by the end of the year. I don’t think this is a lofty goal at all, honestly it’s probably the easiest one to hit. My average is about 1-2 followers a week, but I think with some of the ideas you’ll hear about later in this post, I can definitely bump it up and hit 100 by 2020.

Goal: 100 followers

Current: 32

 

TWITTER

So currently Twitter is the platform I use the most to promote the blog. The writing and book blogging community seems pretty active and robust, so I’d really love to get involved more and start to grow. I’m sitting at 39 Followers at the moment of writing this, and I really want to hit 250 by the end of the year. I think this might be my hardest goal to hit, but I think it is possible.

Goal: 250 followers

Current: 39

 

INSTAGRAM

Not sure if any of you know this, but yes I do use Instagram. It’s not my biggest platform, I only use it to post a picture once a week and try to engage with some different audiences. I’m far from a great photographer so that’s my biggest weakness for Instagram, but I’d still like to start growing on there and getting some more engagement with my audiences. I’m hoping to hit 100 followers on Instagram, and I am currently at 24. I think this will be an easier goal. I only started Instagram earlier this year, and jumped up to 24 followers pretty soon.

Goal: 100 followers

Current: 24

 

Book Club

I thought it might be a good idea to start a Facebook book club too. I thought it would be a great opportunity to engage with my audiences and discuss a book in a more laid back environment.  I planned to get it started in February, but I’ve hit a few hiccups with school, so I’m shooting for getting it going by summer time. I’m currently at 0 followers, and I didn’t really have a goal for this one because I wasn’t sure if this was one I would stick with too much, but if I had to set a goal I’d say 25 or so.

Goal: 25 participants

Current: 0

 

TWITCH

So I guess this is the first teaser to my upcoming Twitch Channel. Yeah, I am planning on using Twitch to start engaging with different audiences. I plan on doing a sort of book club, where I will read a book to my viewers and then engage with them in a discussion about the book. I’m starting this from scratch, but I have 1 follower currently and am hoping to hit 50 by the end of the year. From my experience with Twitch it shouldn’t be too hard, and I have a few people in place to help build my following, but I just wanted to set the bar a little lower because I’m not too skilled with Twitch quite yet.

Goal: 50 follower

Current: 1 follower

 

YOUTUBE

I was talking to a few people who use Twitch, and they said if I did want to start streaming on there then I should take the videos and throw them on YouTube. I wouldn’t necessarily focus on YouTube content, more so have it as a side platform to get some views and maybe some followers. If there was enough interest on the platform, I’d probably start engaging with audiences more, but until that time I’d keep it as a side platform to use. I haven’t started quite yet,  but I’m hoping to hit 25 subscribers by 2020.

Goal: 25 subscribers

Current: 0

 

So these are all of my goals for my social media platforms in 2019. I think they are all obtainable, and I am gonna do my best to reach all of them.

What do you think? Do you think I can reach these goals? Any tips to reaching them faster?

Also, if you’re interested in my Twitch channel look for OnMyBookshelf. I’m hoping to get my first stream out this weekend.