Put down your bags, pull up a chair and tell me a story!
Fiction Vixen. I’d like to start off by thanking Amy for inviting me to be her guest today. I’ve been blogging at Fiction Vixen since 2009 and I’ve gotten to know many romance readers that way. But guest blogging always opens up more opportunities to make new friends. So, thank you for this chance to reach out to your readers, Amy.
One of the hardest things about guest blogging for me is coming up with a topic. My family would be shocked about that if I told them because I babble about books and bookish stuff at home all the time. But there is just something about guest blogging that gives me stage fright.
I browsed around Amy’s blog trying to think about what I wanted to talk about today and then her blog title really hit me. A Simple Love of Reading. Because really, isn’t that really what it’s all about? I’ve always loved reading it’s always been a part of my life. In the “old” days it was just me and a book.Simple. But these days I’ve added many things “ingredients” to my “reading recipe”. For example:
I don’t review every book I read but I do review a lot of them at Fiction Vixen. I love talking about the books I read and what better place to do that than on my blog?
I’m FictionVxn on Twitter and you can find me tweeting quotes, squeeing about my latest read and giving and getting recommendations on Twitter almost every day. It’s an instant connection with other romance readers and I might be a little bit addicted.
Notice that’s plural? I’ve owned 5 Kindles since 2009 and I regularly read eBooks on my iPhone. I’m not a fan of clutter and eBooks are the perfect solution. I’m also a bit of a technology junkie and combine that with my love of books and it equals manyKindles. I need an intervention.
Library Management Software
With hundreds of eBooks tucked safely away on my hard drive, I need some way to manage them all. Since my husband refuses to hire a full time librarian to manage my eBook library, I had to find a cheaper solution. I discovered Calibre one day and have become obsessed with eBook organization. My library is pristine now. *picture me my hair in a tight bun and a pair of glasses sitting on the end of my nose.* That’s what I look like when I fire up Calibre.
I could go on and on but I think you see what’s happened here. I’ve taken a simple love of reading and made it…well…better! I’ve discovered an amazing community of readers who blog, tweet, chat and passionately discuss the books they are reading. It just keeps getting better and better. But the really amazing thing is, I can still tuck myself away with an eBook or paperback and it’s still just me and my book. Simple. Either way, reading is awesome and I’m so privileged to have access to so many great books and people to discuss them with.
So tell me, what’s your style? Or are you a social reader? Do you utilize social media, gadgets and software to enhance your reading experience? Or do you keep it simple? Or maybe a little of both?
To thank you for stopping by today, I’d like to give away a $10 Amazon gift card to one reader.
Rules for entry:
- Giveaway ends July 7, 2012 12AM EST.
- Open to everyone.
- Answer Sophia's question and leave your email so I can contact you if you win!