How do you spend your time online? I hope first of all that you’re a blog reader. If you love to read, which I imagine you do if you’re reading this, there is an amazing online book community of readers you have to join called The Book Democracy.
Why would I want to join an online book community of readers?
Have you discovered the fun of specific Facebook Groups? The Book Democracy is a Facebook Group, and you do know that Groups are where things are headed on Facebook, full of readers. I don’t even recall at this point how I found this group, but once I did I kind of felt like I had found my people. Now this group doesn’t have just one kind of reader but readers of all ages, from all over and who read all types of books. Oh my, can that work? It does, because all these people have their love of books in common.
I love to talk about books myself, clearly I do as I have a book blog. I do have friends that read, but I would say I’m a bit more crazy about books than they are. One of my friends joined the group after I told her about it. We wanted to talk books more but schedules make it hard sometimes. She has grown to love the group as much as I do and I love seeing her post about the new books she has discovered.
One of the things I enjoy about this group is it is such a great way to find new books to add to my ever growing book list. You will see many different posts from people sharing an amazing book they just read, to sharing they are struggling to get into a book and should they stick with it. Among all of the great recommendations there is always the fun bookish items or funny memes making it such an enjoyable place to be.
I have a growing book list, and of course this blog gives me a drive and purpose to work through it. I started this year with a few challenges, okay, maybe more than a few. These challenges didn’t push me as much as the challenges in the Book Democracy.
What is that challenge do you say?
Every month there is a book bingo. I know, that doesn’t sound like something super revolutionary. It isn’t, but it’s how it is done. Every month the prompts get changed. They even go live to show the drawing of these prompts. Different prompts that are appropriate for that month are incorporated to help you to celebrate various different things with your reading. For example, for June here are a few of the prompts:
- Book with an LGBTQ+ character
- Book by LGBTQ+ Author
- Set during the Summer
- Book with Travel, Trips or Vacations
- Father character
- Book published in June (any year)
In addition to the variety of prompts, there are themed groups that month and you are sorted into those groups or houses. In these houses you are earning points together, sometimes prompts are tied to the team. This month one of the prompts was to read a book recommended by someone in your house. You also have group Facebook chats that you can participate in if you choose. This month the theme was paranormal and the houses are #Housewitch, #Housevampire and my personal favorite and home for the month #Houseghost.
My first month was March and I just kind of flailed around, having fun but without a chance in the world for getting a Bingo. A Bingo earns points for your house. Why do you want to earn points do you ask? Every month someone will get selected from the winning house to win a $50 gift card! They also do a random drawing at the end of the month for everyone who gets at least one bingo for a $30 prize. I’ve continuously gotten a bit better each month, last month earning 2 bingos! This month I’ve lost my focus a big so not sure I’ll get there. I am listening to my “Book with 400+ pages” right now while writing this post!
Making lists is fun!
I have almost as much fun planning out my month as I do participating. Everyone has a different approach, but I’ve started using Libib to track and label my books. I continue to add a few here and there and add labels as needed. Do you see that number in the upper right hand corner? If you don’t want your TBR list to get huge, DON’T JOIN THIS GROUP!
I start out by looking at my ARC (Advanced Read Copy) books to incorporate as many of them as I can. Then of course I try to incorporate my book club book and physical books on my shelf. This last month I created a visual using Canva that really helped me picture what to read. Even with the planning, the list has changed a bit.
Do you read more than one book at a time? Do you plan what you read or just grab something from the library or your book shelf? I try to do an audiobook, a physical book and an eBook at one time. I’m prepared for any situation! Does this sound like fun to you? Come join me in Book Democracy, you’ll be just in time for July.
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