Book Blogger Hop: March 23rd
Starting this week, I’ve decided to begin partaking in ‘Book Blogger Hop’ which is a book blog meme hosted by CoffeeAddictedWriter. The premise is simple – each week there is a provided book-related prompt which the blogger can then answer how they like. It’s a great way to get to know the writer behind the blog, get to know other people within the community, and just generally gather more information in regard to bookish news or any related part of the reading community that the prompt may be linked to.
Plus, my nickname is Hop and I am [joke of] a book blogger, so it seems pretty fitting.
So, without further ado, here’s my answer to this week’s question!
This is a fairly tricky one due to the lack of social activity in my personal life. That sounds really lame hear me out, but I recently moved to the other side of the world (rather on my own) so all my contact with my friends is through the internet and other digital means at the moment. This isn’t a bad thing but it was a big change so I am still finding my footing and trying to figure things out. But, back to the actual question at hand, when I’m spending time with people – digitally or otherwise – I’m always paranoid and worried that my own likes aren’t going to be interesting enough to talk about. Reading and writing is such a big part of my life every single day so it’s definitely something that I actively am partaking in through some regard or another (even if it’s only thinking about it) so you’d think my answer would be yes.
Those who truly know me to a good enough extent and I am in communication with regularly are aware of my literary interests so they do ask me what I’m reading or if I have any recommendations. They’re generally willing to let me go off on a tangent and get lost in telling them about a storyline or a character. That is until I catch myself doing so and change the conversation to one that they’d personally find more interesting. That being said, I largely appreciate those friends that let you ramble on about your own interests and those are the types of people that I believe are worth holding close to you.
I’ve found that, since starting this blog and more actively writing about books and expressing my own thoughts, I’ve become more one to bringing up and talking to people about my personal interests. I think this is partially due to the fact that I’m getting my voice out there, but it’s probably mainly because of the fact that I’m being a more proactive member of the reading and book communities. I know that I’m interacting more with people who share my passions and my interests, so I don’t feel like I’m wasting time when I talk about the subject with them. Because there’s such a like-minded and open community, I don’t feel like I have to put up a front and make myself seem invalid in things that don’t appeal to me just to have something to talk about with someone who else wouldn’t pay mind to what I’d have to say. I can be open about my interests, talk about them freely, and I know – or at least I try to remember – that there are people who are willing to listen (or, more accurately, to read what I write).
I think this question’s caused me to go odd on a tangent, so I apologise for that – but, hey, isn’t that what it’s all about?
All in all, if someone is willing to listen to my bookish rants, then, without a doubt, we’re going to have the occasional in-depth discussion in reference to one book or another (even if it may be somewhat one-sided). But, no, I wouldn’t say that the majority of my discussions revolve around books quite yet because I’m still getting to grips with voicing my opinion and knowing that I can talk about what I like. Though, as I become more active in the reading community and hopefully get to know more people, this may very well change. In saying that, if anybody is interested in having a discussion with me about anything book-related, life-related, or otherwise, please don’t hesitate to drop me a comment, a GoodReads friend request, or even an email!
How about you? Do you find your conversations always turning back to the latest books you’ve been reading or the soon-to-be-released novels that you’re just waiting to get your hands on? Are you outspoken about your literary opinions, or do you prefer to keep them to yourself?
Let me know! If you’ve posted a response to the weekly prompt on your own blog, then feel free to leave a link in the comments so I can check it out!
Thanks for reading and I’ll write you later.