Welcome to day 2 of the Armchair BEA!! I love this and can’t wait to keep on keeping on each year they have it. Today we are going to talk about two topics. I’m not sure how long my responses will be, but I’ll try to keep them fairly short so you can move on and enjoy the other participants’ responses!
- What Do Readers Want?: What makes or breaks a book? How do we rate the books, or determine if it is good literature or a good story? What do we want from an author event?
Well, as a reader, I know what I want. I want an author to think of themselves as the reader while they write the book. I want a book to be filled with not only great writing, but characters that speak to me, that steal not just my heart, but my entire soul, too. The plot lines need to be written in a way that won’t leave me turning back the pages to try and keep up. It needs to flow smoothly and captivate me. I rate books like that with a 4, or a 5 star rating and really sing it’s praises.If there is an author event, I love to see authors take a few minutes with each of their fans and really interact, not just sign a book or two. I want to see them laughing and asking us questions like we ask them. Or, even see them “fangirl” over their fans. That makes it super fun!
- Let’s Collaborate & Listen: The online book community has changed so much over the years. How do we keep up within our own book-sphere as well as within the community as a whole?
How do I keep up? I follow my fellow bloggers! I love to see new bloggers making debuts in the blogosphere! I stop by their blogs and look around and make a list of what I want to read, then I go to those author websites and look around for even more books I want to read. It’s super fun for me. I’m a Christian fiction book review, so I have noticed that there aren’t as many of them around as there were in 2009 when I started my blog, but I still find loads of new books to read via the web! I love to go to libraries and bookstores and interact with the librarians and owners of the stores. They always have lots of great recommendations on reads. That’s how I personally keep up with the fun of books and learning about them. But, in all that, one thing I would love to see more of is commenting! I have lots of followers and only a handful comment!! How about y’all. What do you do to keep up with the book world, or what are you wanting as a reader in general? Tell me below!