We turn six this year, and to celebrate, we came up with six things on why we do what we do here on Bookbed. We hope these encourage you to write about books and reading as well. Enjoy!
1. We write about reading to understand.
2. We write about reading to share our passion.
“Writing about reading allows you to share your passion, your reading experience or how a literary piece has affected you, among others. In the process of writing about reading, you gain a better understanding of your own reading experience, and in sharing it, you get to connect with others—either to inspire them to read or to start a conversation about a certain piece.”—KARZ MONTEALEGRE of Ink Blots
2. We write about reading to feel.
“Writing about reading is one of the best ways I express my love for books. Microblogging on Twitter how many times I’ve thrown the current book I’m reading to cry (Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life) is cathartic, even if at times it feels like screaming into the void.
Also, writing reviews on Goodreads or on my favorite website (ahem, Bookbed) promotes engagement with fellow human beings who’ve had feels~ about that book too, and you know how that is. It feels like being at your favorite band’s show and everyone is singing along to your favorite songs and you get warm fuzzy feels inside your chest. Best feeling in the world.”—ELAINE ZAPANTA of FaceBookIt
4. We write about reading to connect and support.
“Reading is important. It helps expand your vocabulary and worldview. It helps build creativity and empathy. It’s been proven that reading makes us smarter and nicer. No one ever told me I needed to read when I was growing up because I saw it all around me anyway. My dad would read his books on business and management out loud during sunny afternoons (there are surprisingly so many life lessons to be found in these “boring” tomes). My mom would always read a few pages of those thick Maeve Binchy romance novels before sleeping. My sister collected the Nancy Drew series while my brother had his Animorphs and Archie comics. Reading books felt as natural as breathing.
But apparently, this is not the case for everyone. I know people who don’t read books simply because they were never inspired to do so as a kid. Or worse, they were teased for being nerds.
And so, we write about reading partly as an overdue hug to those who lacked a reading support group. We write about reading to encourage people to open up a book (or e-book!) and go on a journey you would otherwise miss out on. We write about reading because we write about what we know. And what we know is that we love books.”—ALLANA LUTA, Storyteller in Chief and of Fiction Nation
5. We write about reading to inspire.
6. We write—and make art—about reading to appreciate and accept.
“We make art about reading to help make us appreciate and understand each other better. When we achieve such appreciation and understanding of all the ‘other’ lives, cultures, or even species, then we can make the world safer and accepting of differences.”—BM of Banana Feelings