2010 at 5am Posted by Rebecca Joines Schinsky
With the exception of my notoriously lazy Sundays, Friday is my favorite day of the week. My work is wrapping up, the weekend looms with the promise of rest, relaxation, and hours of reading, and Twitter explodes in a maelstrom of book recommendations and bookish conversation thanks to the phenomenon known as FridayReads (or #fridayreads, if we’re referring to the formal hashtag).
FridayReads was created by Bethanne Patrick (@thebookmaven), and it is beautiful in its simplicity: tell the world what you’re reading. Books, magazines, work papers, cereal boxes, inscrutable personalized license plates—it’s all good. And it’s all about celebrating and promoting literacy.
For a little over a year now, participants have shared their real-time reading selections on Twitter using the #fridayreads hashtag, and Miz Maven, as I call her, recently launched a FridayReads Facebook page so even if you don’t tweet, you can participant. And now the fun is going to continue because…
The Book Lady’s Blog is now the official blog partner of FridayReads!
So if you aren’t on Twitter and you don’t use Facebook, but you want to participate in this weekly celebration of books and reading, you can do it here by leaving a comment telling me what you’re reading.
Here’s why you should do it:
1) FridayReads includes everyone: readers, authors, writers, librarians, booksellers, critics, bloggers, editors, publicists, salespeople, publishers. (See this piece in Shelf Awareness for more details.)
2) YOU CAN WIN STUFF (every week, randomly selected FridayReads participants receive a variety of books and bookish prizes, and this week, the prizes include a Kobo e-reader)
3) Because, as Bethanne says, “it bands us together in the shared joy of reading and encourages us all to read more.” And in a world where Justin Bieber is regularly a trending topic on Twitter, what’s not to love about that?
And now, a special offer for bloggers:
Invite your non-tweeting readers to join the FridayReads and share their FridayReads selection here at The Book Lady’s Blog, and you will be entered to win one of five book & tote-bag bundles from HarperPerennial, not to mention the satisfaction you’ll have in knowing you were part of helping FridayReads reach the monumental 5,000 participant mark! Drop your links in the linky to be entered.