Time to Talk…About Other Readers Impacting Me, Part Two

Posted March 29, 2013 by Asheley in Uncategorized / 9 Comments

Don’t y’all love my coffee cup?
This is the one I drank out of this morning. 

A while back, I told you all I wanted to talk about how other readers impact me. My first post was about that mysterious guy that lurks everywhere in YA books and how I never noticed him before until he was pointed out to me. There are actually a ton of ways you all impact me on the daily, so I’ll just pick another way and we can talk about that one now. And you guys, this one is one of my favorites:


Where on earth would I be without some of you to “listen” to me when I need to beat the crap out of my computer keyboard or my phone when some big THING happens in some book I’m reading? Some of you probably roll your eyes at my melodrama, and that’s totally fine. Some of you may laugh, and that’s fine too. Bu the point is, I love a good book discussion like I love cheese.

Recently, I read Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. It took me about two months to read. If you keep up with me on Goodreads, then bless your hearts – I was proud of my progress, so I tweeted that business. If you are Hannah from So Obsessed With, then you deserve a medal for all of my crazy Anna K. emails. Hannah loved the book and had read it before but I didn’t know a thing about it. I was shocked a bazillion times by a bazillion things in the book, and lots of those times, I just had to let her know it. There were emails that were ENTIRELY CAPSLOCK AND !!!!. There were emails made of lists in which I listed things I felt about characters and their attitudes or actions or whatever. And there were just tweets about how much I loved certain characters or how whiny others were being. The best book discussions are when you pass back and forth what you’re feeling and thinking a book – even if you both aren’t reading the book at the same time. 
I most likely wouldn’t have made it through that book without someone on the other side of the computer to pour my thoughts into. The discussion was wonderfully two-way and I loved it. 
I have a few other friends that I read books with that involve email threads. When I read Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi, there was one particular email thread that went over 75 emails long in that days-long discussion between myself and three other bloggers – some of my very best reading friends. It was serious because everyone that reads that series and book has some serious feelings about it, ya know? It’s one of the most fun bookish discussions I’ve ever had, and I’m so glad to have been a part of it. 
My real-life friends and I will meet occasionally and our dinner talk is typically dominated by books and book characters. We honestly talk about them LIKE THEY’RE REAL PEOPLE. Perhaps in our minds, they are? Generally if these gals and I aren’t talking in person about the books, we might be texting about them. (Sometimes the texts are crazy!) Don’t look at me like that – y’all know you do it too. 
Here are a few other books I’ve enjoyed big discussions over lately: 
If you’re a reader and you want to talk about books with other readers, I urge you to get connected – tweet other readers, comment on blog posts about the books you love, things like that. People will converse back and forth. This community is SO GREAT about discussing books. It’s such a great community to belong to. Eventually you will probably find someone that reads with a taste like your own, and you’ll strike up a bookish friendship that leads to the emails, the crazy tweets, gchat discussions, and CAPSLOCK texts. 
Bookish discussions are the best!


What about you guys?
Do you love discussing books?

What are some of the most discussable books

you’ve ever read? 
I’ve just finished a couple of books and I’m still cooking up my thoughts
so I can email some of my reading buddies! I LOVE IT. 

I’ll be back with Part Three of this discussion soon!


About Asheley

Asheley is a Southern girl. She loves Carolina blue skies, Ben & Jerry's ice cream, and NC craft beer. She loves all things history but prefers books over everything.

You can find her somewhere in North Carolina, daydreaming about the ocean.

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9 responses to “Time to Talk…About Other Readers Impacting Me, Part Two

  1. YES YES YES! One of my most favorite aspects of finding the book blogging community were all the people willing to discuss books with me FOR HOURS and DAYS!!! I couldn't believe it. You are definitely one of my most favorite and most trusted discussers. I know I've sent you some crazy emails, and that my thought when raw can be overwhelming and aggressive. As much as reading is a personal activity, it wouldn't be nearly as fun without someone to share it with. Thank you for giving me that!

  2. Totally agree with Lauren. The best part about book blogging are the friends you make and the conversations that result. I love talking books with you, Lauren and Jen. Anytime I get an email from ya'll about a book we have read or are currently reading, it always brings a smile to my face. I have always wanted to be part of a book club, one that shares the same book tastes and interests that I do (but not ALL the same, because that would be BORING) and now I feel like I have that. The only thing better will be meeting in real life, hopefully one day soon:)

    Now I am off to read the latest thread between me, Lauren and you:)

    PS. And the second best thing to talking books with you? Talking MUSIC with you:)

    • I think my book blog is in big part a vehicle for my obsessive book discussing. I'm serious. I'm so grateful for people that will listen to me when I get so EMOTIONAL about books, even when it is really ridiculous. Because I realize that it does get that way!

      And yes, MUSIC. AAH.

    • Completely agree! Before I began blogging and tweeting, I had no idea other people actually sat around and talked about books! I just read them, then put them down and picked up another. I MISSED OUT ON SO MANY DISCUSSIONS ON SO MANY BOOKS. But yay for the best community ever.

  3. I absolutely LOVE to discuss books with other people! It's always interesting to see what other people think, and it's always a joy to flail/yell/scream/share all of the feelings with people. I look forward to eventually being able to do that over a series/book with you!

  4. I'm months late to comment on this post (forgive me?) but I remember reading it on my phone when you first published it. My cousin and I often read books at the same time and have long discussions via text along the way. But you're my first book blogger discussion friend, and you've totally introduced me to the joy that is emailing back and forth about discussable books. I adored reliving Anna Karenina through your eyes, and I'm SO GLAD I got to be the recipient of your emails and tweets 🙂 Such a fun experience!

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