BBAW: Community, the Sequel

From the BBAW website:
The world of book blogging has grown enormously and sometimes it can be hard to find a place. Share your tips for finding and keeping community in book blogging despite the hectic demands made on your time and the overwhelming number of blogs out there. If you’re struggling with finding a community, share your concerns and explain what you’re looking for–this is the week to connect!
I'm not sure I'm the one to offer advice on finding and keeping community, since it wasn't so long ago I was pondering the enormity of the book blogging world. It can make a person feel itty-bitty! Over the years, book blogging has changed quite a bit. People have come and gone. Old favorites move on, either they leave blogging altogether or change the focus of their blogs. Life changes and sometimes blogging has to go. I can't say what the next few years will bring to Chrisbookarama. I hope to still be around but who knows.

That's all a bit maudlin, isn't it? The thing about it is while old favorites disappear there are so many blogs popping up everyday. But how do you find people with similar tastes? It's not like there's a newsletter announcing the shiny new blogs out there.

Obviously events like this one and others help to highlight those who are looking to find a place in the book blogosphere. But even these events get bigger every year. How do you know if you have missed a potential book buddy in that brief visit to a new-to-you blog? It's difficult to have a thorough look around when there are hundreds of blogs to visit.

Are you looking for a community? Are you new to my blog? 

Here's what I propose. I'll list my book interests and if you think "Hey, I like that too!" leave a comment. Maybe not today (BBAW is crazy!) but soon, I'll have a Big Look-Around your blog and say "Hello!" Maybe this could be the start of a beautiful friendship.

Here are some of the types of books I read (with ones I liked as examples):

  • Classics. Fahrenheit 451, Bleak House, The House of Mirth.
  • Suspense & Mystery. The Little Stranger, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Woman in White, any Agatha Christie.
  • Gothic. Jane Eyre, Rebecca, Dracula, The Lantern.
  • Canadian Lit. The Handmaid's Tale, Come Thou, Tortoise, The Birth House.
  • Literary. The Stone Diaries, Rules of Civility.
  • Quirky Books (quirky characters or situations). Attachments, The Eyre Affair, Cold Comfort Farm, Home to Woefield.
  • Miscellaneous. I read a little bit of the following: non-fiction (Bossypants, Don't Kill the Birthday Girl, Locavore), young adult (A Northern Light, The Luxe). 

Does this sound like you? Have you read any of those books? Are we Book Buddies?

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And if you and I already hang out, don't be afraid to say hello! I don't want to leave you guys out either. :)


  1. I love quirky books, too, although the only title you list that I've read is Attachments. So much fun! I've been subscribed to your blog for ages, but I suck at commenting.

  2. Great post, Chris. I've been thinking hard about the changing nature of the book blogging community lately and you touched on a lot of the issues. I've been bookmarking new-to-me blogs to visit and have a thorough look because I know it probably won't play out this week.

  3. Actually, I do enjoy a lot of those books... Are you planning to read When She Woke by Hillary Jordan? Or maybe you have all ready and I just forget. I think you might like it...

  4. "That's all a bit maudlin, isn't it?"

    Yes, but you're being honest and why I keep returning to read your posts...if not always comment, which I need to do a better job of and hope to within the next month. To me, the best book bloggers are those who are honest and question what they are doing, but somehow keep doing it. On that note, keep up the good work here.

  5. I like eclectic books, too, but a LOT of YA.

    And you know, it's okay to be maudlin from time to time.

  6. I've already been a subscriber to your blog for awhile now but I do love that you listed your favorite books by genre. It just reinforces that you have similar book tastes to my own.

  7. Aww, I love this approach! What a great idea. I counted, and I've read (and really enjoyed) 5 of the books on your list and have another 7 on my TBR list (the real one, that I actually mean to get to at some point, not the fanciful, if-only-there-weren't-so-many-other-books-to-read-I'd-read-this-one one!). Does that make us book buddies? That would be exciting!

  8. Word Lily- Attachments really surprised me!

    Andi- BBAW is a fun, but an overwhelming, event.

    Kelly- I haven't but I'll add it to my list.

    Unfinished- Sometimes you have to question. I find that it helps me focus on what I want to do with blogging. I change my mind about things often but it keeps me from burning out.

    Lena- Hey Lena!!!

    April- You are one of my favorite YA bloggers. :)

    Lola- That's good to know!!

    Erin- It does!

  9. Great post - I've been subscribing to your blog for a long time now.

  10. I like this post, Chris, because it invites people to say hello and connect! I have been subscribing to your blog for a long, long time now...and I have no plans to go anywhere (I'm just steadily plugging in blogger world!!!) :)

  11. That meant to say: "plugging along" - geez - I need a cup of coffee or something!

  12. I love your "BIG Look-Around" idea! We all find lots of new blogs during BBAW, but I think you may have an idea for a follow-up event there - "Revisiting Day" or something (there must be a better name for it than that, though).

    And you know I've been following and visiting your blog for quite a while now :-). Happy BBAW!

  13. Looks like I fall into either the Gothic or the Misc blog friend category. Either way, I'll take it!

  14. Hi! I've been lagging on my Reader and commenting, but I've stayed up to date with your tumblr. :) I like a lot of the kinds of books you listed here, so I need to check in more often.

  15. I appreciate the straightforward approach you took in your enormity of the book blogging world post. I agree that popular blogs require more work, something I don't want for myself.

    I actually wrote a paper about Fahrenheit 451 and The Handmaid's Tale once in school. I enjoyed both of those books. I've been listening to Bossypants as an audiobook. So funny!

  16. Kathy- Thanks!

    Wendy- I subscribe to yours too but I know I'm terrible to comment.

    Florinda- That's a good idea. A day set aside just to do that.

    Teresa- More Gothic-fan friends are always appreciated!

    Katy- I need to stay up to date with Tumblr. I've been neglecting it lately.

    Kelly- I listened to Bossypants too. I'm glad I did. It was so funny!

  17. I'm really excited you listed The House of Mirth. I just love it. so wonderful. :)

  18. Jasper Fforde is one of my fav authors so hello once again! As soon as I visited your blog I knew I wanted to follow it!

  19. Hello, Chris!!

    I love your favorite books list, what a great way to approach today's topic! I think it's sad when favorite bloggers go away too :( and I hope you stick around, and I hope I do too, but who knows what will come!

  20. **Waving from Ohio**

    Things change no matter if it is the blogger world or in our real lives. To know where anyone is going to be in a few years is as much a guess as it is anything else. Being maudlin is only natural.

    I love how the first several books you mention are all classics, even if they do not fall into the Classic category!


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