Wednesday, May 27, 2015

CollaboReads: A Book-lovers Link-Up





There's something about a good book. 
There's also something about a good friend. 

I have a good friend who reads good books and always tells me about them and it makes me insanely happy. It makes me want to follow her into  libraries and book stores and let her show me how she goes and pulls these beautiful gems from the shelves. She's one of those people who doesn't just read what's popular or highly rated, she grabs things I've never heard of and she reads them and then reviews them. Those reviews make me want to read them. 

Then she sent me one for my birthday. A beautiful book with a lovely note and it warmed my soul. 
Then I sent her one for hers because I could cross my fingers and hope she hadn't yet read one. 
And she hadn't. Hallelujah. 

Then we got to talking about the bookworms of the blogging world. And how we wish there was a way for us to come together and talk about books but still read what we love. We all know the hardest parts about book clubs is when someone else picks a 700 page novel from your least favorite genre. 

That's when #Collaboreads was born. In the small space between we wish there was this and we could make it. Rachel was the mastermind, I was the muscle and you are the receiver of our gifts. 

Meet #Collaboreads: a book lover's link-up. 

We introduce you to (what we believe) is the best and simplest book link-up in the land. It works like this: 

  1. We will pick a random criteria for your book. It'll look something like: published the year you were born or mentions a city in your state or historical fiction about an era you really don't know. 
  2. You find your book. (It's probably a good -or even great- idea to get a library card!) 
  3. Read. -You'll have a month. 
  4. At the end of the month we'll review(ish) our books. Rachel and I will both have places for you to share your links in our posts. 
  5. Repeat steps 1 - 4. 
It's simple. Right? Pick, read, review. 

Because we'll be reading different books, we decided to make the review process a little more stream-lined. So, we made a little mnemonic for the suggested (completely suggested, you're allowed to do it differently) way to do your review: 
Riveting.
What part of the book could you NOT get enough of? 
Elements.
How did you relate to/care for the characters?
What's your thought on the plot line and twists and turns? 
Associate.
What other books are like this one?
If none, did it remind you of a particular TV or movie with it's themes and characters? Does it serendipitous-ly line-up with things going on in your life or the news right now? 
Design.
You know you judged this book by the cover.
What did you think of it? How did it relate to the contents of the novel? And the font and layout of the pages? 
Stars. How many out of five do you give this book?
Would you recommend this book to a friend? 
We want this to feel fun and exciting. We want you to look forward to your reading and your reviewing and sharing all the interesting (or not so interesting) facets of your book. You can blog, you can vlog, you can be not-a-blogger and post on social media (that's what that nifty hashtag is for). We just want you there. Or here. Wherever you are, we want you.

And like any good link-up, I've got a button for you to use too!

Mr. Thomas and Me

Please join us for the first link-up on Monday, June 29th. 
The criteria is: On the NYT Best-sellers List when you start reading it.

40 comments:

  1. YAY! I love book reviews although I think I stink at them because I give little details that won't mean anything to anyone who hasn't or doesn't read the books. haha I'm excited.

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  2. This is such a cute idea for a link-up! Can't wait!

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  3. So fun!!!!! I'll have to check out what the NYT best sellers list is right now. I might not participate every month since I do other groups and such from time to time, but I definitely want to give this a shot!

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  4. So excited for this! I'll be there. I already link up with Steph at Life According to Steph for her monthly Show Us Your Books link up so love that this is different and I can still do that one too!

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  5. This is so fun! I'm so excited to participate! Great idea! :)

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  6. Melissa McMurchyMay 27, 2015 at 8:37 AM

    yay!! You and your awesome link-ups. I think my blog should just be turned into Melissa links up with Amber ...definitely joining this one as well :)

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  7. This is going to be such a fun link up!!! :) I love the way you described your friend! Those are the books I TRY to find.

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  8. Oh I just LOVE this idea! Just went to the NY Times best sellers and made my choice! :)

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  9. Yay the book I just started is on one of the categories of the NYT best seller list (Dragonfly in in Amber) and hopefully it won't take me the whole month to finish it! Love these little challenges to help fuel my fire for reading all thr books!

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  10. This is a genius idea! I love it. Can't wait. :-)

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  11. I wish I could join in! I'm already a part of two monthly book clubs and I'm struggling to even keep up with those!

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  12. Oh my gosh...this sounds amazing!! Can't wait!! I love to read! Yay!!

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  13. How fun!! Can't wait to join in!

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  14. This is why we are friends... I CANNOT WAIT!!! x

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  15. okay, THIS is making me super happy. I've been looking for a readers linkup for so long and now HERE YOU ARE.

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  16. Such an awesome idea!!! Love it. :) I was looking at the NYT Best Sellers list and I already have my book picked out, yayyy!

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  17. YESSSSS! I think we just feel boring as we start to write reviews but then there's a few pieces within the review that are like YES THIS IS IMPORTANT FOR ME TO SAY. Or at least that's what I try and tell myself. ;)

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  18. Thanks! :) So excited to have you join!

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  19. Girl there are SO MANY good ones that I realized I had no clue what to pick! (I guess that's the point of the NYT Best Sellers but still....

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  20. I'm so excited that you mentioned hers because I hadn't seen it yet and now I've got another link-up to check out! :)

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  21. Thank you! So thrilled to have you (and to hear about your good read!)

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  22. Well just color me flattered this is the kindest thing in the land. :) But I'm so thankful for you and all the community you seek and create!

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  23. Girl, she's a gem. A SERIOUS gem. :)

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  24. Sooooo, what did you pick!?! I had such a hard time because there were SO many good ones... (And I'm still not "set" sooooo...)

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  25. That's from the Outlander series right? You're a stud because I'm stressed simply by the sheer number of pages in those books!

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  26. WHICH ONE DID YOU PICK!?!? I have one that I grabbed from our library, but I'm not 100% positive I'm going to stick with it because SO MANY GOOD CHOICES.

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  27. HI HI HI RIGHT HERE FOR YOU. :) Seeing your names in the comments ALWAYS makes me so happy.

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  28. I can't wait to see what you pick!

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  29. Girl, this is officially international with you and Caley and I'm like, WHOA THIS IS SO FREAKING COOL.

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  30. Oh girl I totally hear you... So many good reads, so little time. And so many great link-ups, so little time!

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  31. EEEEEEeeeeeeeeEEEEEEeeeeeee. I hope baby plays too!

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  32. Thank you! So glad you're going to participate because you're my kind of reader! :)

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  33. Aiyiyi!! I LOVE this! And you can bet your bottom dollar I'll be there on June 29 ... and Instagram throughout the month. :) Thanks so much for doing this!!!

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  34. This is SUCH a great idea! Count me in!!

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  35. I picked Wild....it's been on my list for.e.ver. So I finally went to the library and picked it up. Hoping to start reading this weekend!!

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