Book It Forward

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Check Me Out!

There are far too many books to be read and far too little time. I truly believe that we should always “Book It Forward” to our fellow readers. If you loved a book, share it! My goal is to read as many books as I can in order to make recommendations that you all will love! I have been reading as long as I can remember thanks to my parents who taught me to love the journeys books can take you on. You can count on Book It Forward to always pass on our favorite reads and we welcome you to do the same!

Here’s a bit of Book It Forward’s backstory…

Early in 2016, I discovered a new podcast called “What Should I Read Next” hosted by Anne Bogel. Find it and subscribe on iTunes. This podcast really inspired me to step up my reading game and because of it, my “To Be Read” list has gotten out of control! Haha. I constantly have people asking me for book recommendations which I love and I kept thinking “How I can I make my love of reading into more of a public hobby?” I decided it was time to reach out to the public and create a space for my fellow readers and I to talk all things books. Book It Forward began (and still remains) a group on Facebook by the same name. I invited friends, and friends of friends that enjoyed reading as much as I did to join. Initially we just posted what we were reading or book recommendations, but then we decided to read a book as a group every other month and discuss it online. The host of the month selects four books and the remaining members vote on the one they are most interested in. Whichever book polls the highest wins and then we then read it and chat about it. The Book It Forward Facebook group inspired me to think bigger. I decided to branch out and create a blog space to review and suggest books to whomever asked. By the way, my lovely husband came up with the name Book It Forward! He is way more creative than I am. Shortly after my blog went public, I became a professional reader with NetGalley. This really has taken my reading to a whole new level of amazingness! I think it is one of the coolest things ever to be given a copy of a book that has yet to be published. On top of that, my reviews become public and the author’s actually reach out to thank me!! I am such a nerd because every time this happens I get so ridiculously excited! I recently joined Twitter and have been meeting some fantastic writers, fellow bloggers and publishers. 2016 was such a great year for me and my favorite hobby and I cannot wait to see how 2017 goes!

Happy Reading!

Aimee

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9 thoughts on “Check Me Out!

  1. Reading has always been one of my passions. There is nothing more exciting than finding the perfect book that you can just devour. I can’t imagine a life without books. I am so sad that that all the book stores near me have closed. I could and did spend hours browsing books and searching for the perfect read.

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    1. I agree! I miss book stores so much. I noticed that Barnes and Noble was very busy the last time I was there. It seems like actual hard copy books are coming back into “style”. One of the podcasts I listen to actually said that ereadership is kind of stagnant right now and people seem to be purchasing more hard copies of books. I imagine it’s because people like to collect their favorite books to #BookItForward!

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  2. Hi, what a lively vibrant blog you have here! Your love of reading is bursting out of the iPad! Thank you for visiting my blog post where I tried to bring together my two hobbies of reading and art – that didn’t go too well. I do however, post a review of my year in books every year that might interest you. I started elizabeth Gaskell’s The life of Charlotte Bronte this dinner time at work and it’s looking good. One of my few forays into biography and must have been bought some time ago secondhand as cost 50p. I don’t seem to fit any of the reader types you found online, was there a category of ‘reads whatever they can find in charity shops’?!

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      1. I am very, very far from being an expert on this, but visiting other sites regularly and liking and commenting sincerely seems to be what others suggest. Also posting regularly, be it once a week or fortnight or whatever. In the end I guess it is giving it time. Some people follow for the content, but sometimes it’s the personality of the blogger. Oh yes, do you tag posts? I didn’t catch onto that for ages. Joining in with tagged themes can encourage visitors, I’ve done one art related one – ‘draw a bird day’, there must be book ones. Good luck! Anna who I follow does regular meet and greets where people leave their link and a message in the comments. I will find her link and send it to you.

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