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Let’s Talk Bookish – Matching Characters

Aria @ Book Nook Bits will be the new host for Let’s Talk Bookish! If you aren’t following her yet, good check out her blog and give her a follow!

May 20: Have you got any characters who you feel reflect you as a person? (Mikaela @ Mikaela Reads)

Prompts: What fictional characters do you think you have the most in common with? What is it you have in common with them? Do you think you would get along with these characters if you could meet them in real life? Have fictional characters ever helped you understand yourself better? How does it feel to read about a character who really reflects you as a person?

Welcome everyone to another week of LTB here at DTRH! This week’s topic is certainly something I always think about, and I’d love to hear how the rest of you feel about characters that you resonate with too. Without further ado, let’s dive right in!

I think I relate with a lot of characters that deal with self-sacrifice. I always think that I would do the same (or not the same) in their situation and that always gets me thinking about the values that I hold dear. Another type of character that I relate to is one with a similar parent-child relationship to my own family. I suppose this is related to the first idea, of how much you would be willing to do for your own family.

With these characters, I feel like the way we look at the world and consider the different values in it can be pretty similar. I’m not sure that would necessarily translate to us getting along in real life, but I would certainly be able to at least relate to their actions and understand the motivations behind their actions. If I were to meet these characters, I would try and get to know more about their intentions and what drives them to make these tough choices, but I think whether or not we’d be friends would rely on other factors.

I think reading about any fictional character always helps me to better understand myself. It is clear that some protagonists (or other characters) you just can’t get along with or just can’t agree with. I usually use this time to reflect on myself after reading the book, and to consider why it is that I just couldn’t relate or care about those characters. Most often it will be an attitude or perhaps a core value problem, that really sets us apart. I’m almost certain that I would not be friends with those characters, but at least it does help me to understand myself and how I think a bit better.

Sometimes seeing characters in a book that really reflect you in a book can be eye-opening. First, you get to attached to such a character (for obvious reasons), and their every triumph and folly almost becomes your own. It can be interesting in those situations to think about whether or not you’d react the same (given your similarities), and that can really give more perspective on whether you are similar or not. Sometimes a disposition can be the end of a similarity, because the actions you choose to take from those motivations/perceptions can often be more important than what you were inclined to do. If the character does something silly from an outside perspective as a reader, it can be a good reminder to self-check and look at whether you might also do those things unknowingly.

What do you all think about characters? Do you meet characters that match you? I assume that’s one of the charms of reading and that there will always be characters that you feel more attached to for one reason or another. How do you feel relating to them? Let me know in the comments below!


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Let’s Talk Bookish – Making Friends Through Blogging

Aria @ Book Nook Bits will be the new host for Let’s Talk Bookish! If you aren’t following her yet, good check out her blog and give her a follow!

May 13: Making friends through blogging  (Rachel @ A Bookworm in Paradise)

Prompts: Is blogging a good platform for making friends? Is it only new bloggers that are going to make friends with one another? Does blogging allow for connecting with people of different ages and different backgrounds? How easy or hard has it been for you to make friends through blogging?

Welcome to another week here of LTB at DTRH! Today’s topic is about making friends on blogs, and whether it is truly a good platform for that. I know I have my experiences, but I’d love to hear how the rest of you feel too.

While I don’t think any sort of online platform is necessarily the best for making friends, I don’t see why blogging would preclude the possibility. It is usually easier to create friendships over online platforms when there’s more interaction (like in video games) but blogs where you can share common interests can also be the basis of a friendship! The main problem I see is that there isn’t exactly a “live chat” function which can facilitate getting to know one another.

I definitely don’t think it’s just new bloggers with the opportunity to make friends. Though I suppose new people would have more zeal to reach out and make connections, possibly forming the friendships. That being said, I think a seasoned blogger who welcomes a new member to the community would have an equal opportunity to form the relationship, just as much as the new blogger.

Blogging seems to allow for transcending age and background gaps. I think this is mostly because the relationship formed revolves around a common interest, and the interest in a book community has never been barred by something like age. Of course, generational or cultural gaps can always make some relationships difficult, but again, wouldn’t preclude the possibility.

For myself, I think I’ve made plenty of friends in my short(ish) time here! I recognize a lot of names in the community and it’s really nice to feel like different people share an interest and are just so friendly. The community is definitely one of the main reasons I enjoy blogging, and I hope it continues to be so.

What about you all? Have you made any friends in the community through blogging?


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Let’s Talk Bookish – To Borrow or To Buy?

Aria @ Book Nook Bits will be the new host for Let’s Talk Bookish! If you aren’t following her yet, good check out her blog and give her a follow!

May 6: How do you decide what books to borrow or buy? (Jillian @ Jillian the Bookish Butterfly)

Prompts: Do you buy a lot of books? Do you borrow books from a library, or from friends? What do you look out for in books you buy? Are there any book genres you typically buy more of? Do the types of books that you buy differ from the types of books you typically borrow? Do you prefer to borrow or to buy books?

Welcome to another week here of LTB on DTRH! Today’s topic is certainly a good one, and I can’t wait to hear what all of you do. I figure money (and bookshelf space) are the main deterrents but how does one make the choice?

I buy a medium number of books. I think I used to buy more but recently I’d say I’ve been buying a lot less (since I got more acquainted with Libby). I still do try and buy books that look nice and that I know I like, but sometimes I also buy books that are on sale. Bookshelf space in mind, I definitely don’t mind purchasing a book while at a bookstore!

Nowadays I usually borrow off of Libby, or go to a library proper and borrow books off a shelf. The books I read I don’t often re-read, so I would quickly run out of space. However, library and borrowing is less commitment, if the book is that good, I can buy it! I have recently tried to do some book exchanges with friends, which has also been a nice way to introduce each other to good books.

Books I buy are usually something that I imagine would look good on my shelf, and that more importantly I would actually read and enjoy. Although I also think there’s something to be said about buying books for what looks good because that is where it would spend most of its time anyway. Agree or disagree?

I typically buy the most books of authors I want to support, or books I want to read right away without waiting in a long queue of holds in the library. Usually I just wait in the library for something I anticipate just in case it isn’t good, but for authors I support, I will usually go ahead and just buy the book if I happen to see it at the store.

I tend to buy and borrow the same kinds of books: mysteries and thrillers! Although those are definitely prone to being read only once. Still, I like to have a collection if possible. I will tend to judge books more by their cover if I do end up buying it and leaving it on my shelf though. Because I tend to read these kinds of books only once, I generally want to just borrow them (and buy it if it’s really good), rather than just buy it. Thrillers tend to be shorter too, so I can go through them fairly quickly. I think I’d run out of space way too quickly if I just bought every thriller I could get my hands on!

What do you all buy? Or is buying just out of fashion now? There’s something to be said about saving the environment and printing in general, but who can resist the lure of new books?! I know I can’t.