The idea behind Friday Reads, launched and grown on Twitter by Bethanne Patrick (@thebookmaven), is to take a moment every Friday to share with the world what you’re currently reading. Given that this occurs on Twitter (where posts are limited to 140 characters), there’s no pressure to get into reviewing, critiquing, praising, or panning. It’s simply a nice opportunity to engage in a little water cooler talk about what’s on your reading stack.
Personally, I think it’s a great idea. The more we talk about our reading interests, the more we are apt to notice how integral and crucial books are not only in our own lives but in the overall life of our culture. Taking the opportunity to casually but regularly engage in “what are you reading” conversations in the public sphere helps elevate and highlight the importance of books and reading to us all.
So, with all this in mind, I thought I’d take a moment to do another blog entry (as I do every month or so) on what I’ve been reading lately. My recent and current reads (some finished, some just started, some halfway through...) are:
- The Charming Quirks of Others by Alexander McCall Smith
- The God of the Hive by Laurie King
- Hamlet’s Blackberry by William Powers
- The Map of True Places by Brunonia Barry
- Orion You Came And You Took All My Marbles by Kira Henehan
- The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
- Season of Water and Ice by Donald Lystra
- You Don't Look Like Anyone I Know by Heather Sellers
- You Lost Me There by Rosencrans Baldwin
Anyway, now that I've told you mine, perhaps you’d like to take a moment to chime in in the comments about what you’re reading. Or maybe this Friday you’ll want to participate in Twitter’s "Friday Reads" (use hashtag #fridayreads), either on Twitter or over on the Friday Reads page on FaceBook. Or, better yet -- if you don't already -- perhaps you will take the opportunity a couple of times each week to have a “what are you reading?” conversation with a friend or co-worker.
When you promote and encouraging reading by making it a discernible part of your online and offline life, it's good for us all!