While reading is usually a solitary activity, even bookworms enjoy the occasional social venture. Social media has made that easier than ever before. Here are a few ways readers can join the fun of talking about their favorite thing: books.
Goodreads Lists and Groups
One of the most well-known social platforms for readers is Goodreads, a virtual bookshelf where you can mark books for your to-be-read (TBR) pile, currently reading, or already read. You can even make genre-specific bookshelves to help others categorize their books.
You can also make your own Goodreads list or follow others. Lists are a great way to share what books you think are the best in a certain genre or to find something new to read after finishing another novel.
Likewise, you can join or create a group of like-minded readers to discuss the chapters of the latest best-seller or talk about why poetry is not dead. Whatever your interests might be, trust that there is someone on Goodreads who feels the same way.
An added bonus: use your Goodreads status update to yell about that crazy plot twist you just read. But no spoilers please!
Debuting just three years ago, Litsy is a mobile app that is like the lovechild of Goodreads and Instagram. You can keep it simple and simply share pictures of your latest reads. You can create bookshelves with those books, so that others can make notes of them on their own accounts. You can even add another user’s book to your own lists when it comes across your feed! Litsy tags are attached to specific books that take you to their pages to read a summary and add to your stacks.
On top of the usual photo sharing, tagging system, and virtual bookshelf features that Goodreads and Instagram have, Litsy offers a point system called Litfluence. This number increases as you engage and interact with the app and its users. Its purpose is to give readers a fun way to share and see their data.
Instagram, Bookstagram, and Twitter
If you want to stick to good ol’ Instagram, that’s totally cool. You can simply share your shelfies and book photos using the hashtag “bookstagram” to find other readers and talk about what you’re reading. Engaging in Bookstagram also gives you the chance to flex those photography and design muscles, as you can get as creative as you want with your reading aesthetic.
Don’t forget to use other reading hashtags like AmReading, BookRecommendations, ReadingList, and so many others. Just take a look at your favorite reader accounts and use their tags to make sure no one misses out on your awesome content.
Twitter can be used the same way, as you can use tags and pictures to share your thoughts and opinions on the books you’re reading. With Twitter, you can up the ante by adding polls to ask questions like, “Who’s your favorite character?” or “Who do you ship?” Use the hashtag BacklistBoost to talk about older books that may have fallen out of the latest conversations.
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