Girls Just Reading has been reviewing books and book topics for 6 years. We have an affiliate account with Powell's books, which doesn't quite cover our expenses, but that's ok. We blog for the love of books.
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Social Media is a wonderful thing, especially Twitter for us book lovers. It is a wondrous way to connect with your favorite authors, book bloggers, publishers, etc. It can also be harmful for us book lovers because your TBR piles will grow exponentially. :)
I'm lucky enough to have connected with a couple different communities via Twitter. The first one being SheReads. This is a compilation of book bloggers that focus on Women's Fiction. We received the featured book of the month and then link up our reviews via their website, plus then participate in a monthly chat on Twitter. It's a great way to get exposed to new blogs and to have people find you. It's also a great way to read different books and experience new to you writers.
Another thing that kind of happened by chance was HashTag Book Club on Twitter. A bunch of us book bloggers were discussing books we had on our shelves and we all had one book in particular, A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson. It has evolved into a monthly read that we discuss between 2-4 times broken up into sections. It's been a great way to connect with book lovers and discuss different ways of thinking about the novel.
If you aren't on Twitter, beware it can become addictive but it is a blast and you will "meet" people of like minds. ~Julie