I came up with the idea for Book Talk a while ago, and I thought I’d actually (and officially) introduce this feature!
Book Talk is my way of talking about non-book review bookish things. How I feel about different things (like movie adaptations of books) and I how approach and think about reading has changed so much over the last 3.5 years, and my reading life is so different now than it was when I first started book blogging. I do a lot of reviews (okay, mostly reviews) and lately (like, pretty much all year) I’ve wanted to do something bookish but not the book review kind of bookish.
My reading life before the blog is a bit of a blur, but it’s been such a positive experience for me. I get to talk what I’m reading and I’m so much better able at talking about what I’m reading and why I feel the way I do about books. I feel like I’m better able to pick out books I’ll like and put down the ones I don’t. I feel like I’m more open to different ways of reading- I feel like I’d try an app like Oyster (or similar apps) and different formats (switching between print, e-book and audio book is no problem now) and even genres that I don’t normally read (which isn’t as often as I want it to be). I feel like I’m more aware of what I’m reading, and am more open to reading things outside of my reading comfort zone, even though I have a tendency to go for what I know I like, instead of truly making an effort to diversify my reading. I’m more likely to check out an author’s other books if I like what I’ve read by them.
I could go on and on about how much my reading life has changed because of the blog, and I’m hoping to talk about all of these things and more. There are so many things I want to talk about, but I have a tendency to get scared about sharing my opinions. I’ve started so many posts that I end up deleting because I’m worried that what I’m trying to get across isn’t coming out right or that I’ll come across as stupid (or some combination of the two). Sometimes, I don’t chime in, because other people have (and have said it much better than I can) or because I’m not sure what my opinion is. And often, it’s because I feel like I don’t have anything to add to the conversation. But I really want to get over that, and I feel like this new feature will help with that.
Another big reason why I’ve wanted to do something like this is some of the things that came up in a recent Top Ten Tuesday list where we shared some bookish/book blogger confessions. I talked about how I feel guilty for not doing more discussion posts but I also shared how I wanted to do some non-review posts. That post has really motivated me to get this feature going, because one thing that came to mind while working on that post was how I really do want to start talking about other book-related topics, and how I want to get over my fear of being a bit more open.
I also think it would be interesting to go back and look at it in a few years to see how much things have changed. And I have so many ideas for what I could talk about- like not finishing books or what I think about series and or movie adaptations or even fun bookish events like when I went to a book launch party for The Kiss Of Deception. Or even what I think of any adaptations, like The Giver (which I’m seeing this weekend) and If I Stay, which I plan on seeing next weekend.
Now I’m actually get really excited about it! I’m not sure how often I’ll be posting the Book Talk posts, but for now, it’ll probably be once or twice a month. Maybe more, but it depends on how chatty I’m feeling.