“I’m outta blogging gas” says Mom the other day. She rolls her eyes. Sighs.
Why does Mom do this? I don’t know. Maybe she needs me to lick her face?
Mom says she’s tired of trying to come up with interesting, original blog posts. “I think I’m about book-blogged-out.”
Ever feel that way? Like, if you write one more book review, you’re going to have to chase the neighbor’s cat? Or wear one of those stupid doggie sweaters?
Well. You know me. How I like to help. I’m a helper, see? To start the new year off right, I came up with 33 Rocking Post Ideas For Your Book Blog That’ll Keep Your Readers Reading!
Pretty good, huh? Here they are:
1. Top book club picks
This depends on the kind of book club. Dickens’s Bleak House or Austen’s Sense and Sensibility may not do so hot in a science fiction book club. But you can blog about titles you’d like to read with your club this year and why.
2. Seasonal or holiday books
Not just Christmas-themed stories! How ‘bout Valentine’s Day? President’s Day or Independence Day? The first day of spring? Don’t forget my favorite, National Dog Day!
3. Author lists
Great idea for highlighting prolific authors like Gary Paulsen. Richard Paul Evans. Will Hobbs. Or Mom. Readers don’t always know about other books a good author has written. Share!
- Theme lists
Best outdoors books? Love stories? Science fiction? Mystery or dystopian? Make a list and check it twice. Then blog about it.
- Does listening to audio books count as “reading”?
There’s quite a debate about this in the book community. What say you? Why?
- Tell the Librarian!
You’ve been invited to a one-on-one lunch with the head librarian. What do you want to tell him or her? Should the library be open longer? Hire more staff? Increase its collection? What electronic resources would you like to see available? What special programs would you like to see for children, young adults, adults or seniors? Blog it!
- Buying books on-line or brick and mortar?
Ohhh boy! Plenty of blogging fodder here!
- Best-Loved Children’s Classics That Never Grow Old
Think Easy. Picture Books. Or the Juvenile Section of your library. Share your childhood faves and your kids’s faves.
- Top Read-Alouds Your Kids Will Love
Related to the above. Not every read-to-myself book makes for a good read aloud. What titles can you recommend that will have the kiddos asking for “one more chapter”?
- Best (and Worst) Book Titles
List the _______ book titles you’ve ever seen. *Most clever? Most intriguing or surprising? Catchiest? Longest? Shortest? Dumbest? Most obscure or off-target? Blog away!
- 10 Books You DO NOT Want To Start Before Bedtime (or you’ll be up all night finishing)
What books can you recommend that were so compelling and engaging, you couldn’t put them down until The End?
- Five Books I’ll Rescue First If My House Catches Fire
Which books could you not live without, and why?
- Best Book Pairings
Food and books go together like peanut butter and jelly. Wine and cheese. Chocolate and more chocolate. Share a recipe of two that ties into your latest book review.
- Take It or Toss it? How Long I Give a Book To Prove Itself
How long does it take you to make a decision as to whether or not you’ll continue reading a book? A few chapters? 100 pages? The end of the first paragraph? Tell us and explain why.
15. What’s on Your TBR List?
We’re book lovers and writers. We usually have piles of To Be Read books. Share what’s in yours.
16. Create a Bookish Award
Did you discover an under-rated but excellent read? Give it some love by creating an award! What about a new book blog that rocked your socks off? Or a new author who catapulted to the top of your Favorites list?
17. Biggest Book Turn-Offs
There are no right or wrong answers here. So rant away!
18. 5 Literary Characters I’d Die To Have Lunch With
As long as they’re not serving oysters. Ugh!
19. Favorite Author Birthdays
Make a list of some fave authors. Do a bit of biographical research. Find out their birthday. Sprinkle in a few “Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss” or “Happy Birthday Laura Ingalls Wilder” posts in this year’s calendar. Be sure to highlight favorites by these authors.
20. Books Every Teenager Should Read (or skip)
To the horror of high school English teachers everywhere, my list would start with two mega duds: Catcher in the Rye and The Sound and the Fury. It can only get better from there.
21. A Book That Surprised Me
You thought it was going to be about A, but it turned out being about B. Good or bad? Recommend or pass?
22. Most Inspiring Books I’ve Read in the Last 12 Months
What books touched you in a powerful or poignant way, and why?
23. Pros & Cons of Book Clubs
Some readers swear by book clubs. Others detest them. What do you think?
24. 10 Books I Bought or Read Just For Their Covers (C’mon. ‘Fess up. We all do it!)
25. The Worst (or funniest) Book Typos Ever?
Ay! Yi! Yi! This requires a sharp eye and a keen wit. But you can do it!
26. Glitz or Glum? Do Book Awards Mean Anything Anymore?
Have you ever chosen a book based on “Best Seller” status? Or do you just ignore it? What about other literary awards? Meaningless or helpful?
27. A Book Series I Didn’t Want to End
Chronicles of Narnia? The Hunger Games? The Wizard of Oz? Little House books?
28. Bookish Gifts I’d Like to Give or Receive
Okay, so a hot new title, a steaming mug of cocoa and a snuggly blanket top this list. But think outside the box. What bookish gift would bring a smile to your face?
29. A Field Trip to My Library
Think of this as a virtual “show and tell.” Pictures! Pictures! Pictures!
30. Write a How-To Post
The blogosphere loves how-to posts. Whip up a reading and writing related posts. Tips: How to Overcome Writer’s Block. How to Read More in 10 Easy Steps! How to Get the Most out of Your Next Library Visit.
31. Share Your Version of The Perfect Reading Room (even if you have to make one up)
What would you include in this room? Book shelves? A fridge? Floor-to-ceiling windows? A fireplace? A lock and key? Would it overlook a lake? Be a snug log cabin perched on a mountain peak, or a fancy French chateau with an inexhaustible wine cellar?
- Books I Thought I’d Hate But Wound Up Loving (or vice-versa)
Books can surprise us. Sometimes they just need a chance.
32. 10 of My Favorite Literary Hero(in)es & Villains!
Lord Voldemort? Iago? Captain Hook? How about Elizabeth Bennet? Martin Chuzzlewit? Katniss Everdeen? Blog it!
- List Hyped-Up Books That Tasted Like Toe Lint
Ever dive into a “5 star review” book and wonder, “What were they thinking?! This is awful”? Make a list.
There! See? A whole bunch of post ideas to rock your book blog and start the new year off right!
Wait. Do I smell bacon?