I love it when Twitter leads me to new books

Screen Shot 2013-01-27 at 10.59.48 PMA few weeks ago, actress Megan Fox made news by joining and then leaving Twitter. She said she thought this was the year she’d become a social media butterfly but it wasn’t to be. I know quite a few people who feel the same way. They say Twitter (and Facebook and every other social media site) is a waste of time, a waste of intellect, etc. One of the people who said this to me is also someone who watches reality shows and wants to discuss them with me. I try to avoid reality shows. They annoy me, especially the ones that do nothing more than pit women against one another so some fat cat producer can make money off them. Ah well, one man’s meat is another man’s poison. But the point is that a lot of people don’t like Twitter (or social media in general) and say it’s never given them anything useful.

I used to be one of those people who didn’t see the point of Twitter. I could never follow any conversation I joined or started. It was like walking in circles or getting stuck in quicksand. Then one day I realized I could make lists and keep track of the like-minded people I followed.

Screen Shot 2013-01-27 at 10.59.18 PMRecently, one the people I follow on Twitter raved about a book she was reading. I don’t always trust everyone’s book recommendations, mostly because lately people keep telling me to read Fifty Shades of Grey (which I already read and hated). But this Tweetie recommended Nick Alexander’s the Half-Life of Hannah and the Case of the Missing Boyfriend and said both books had great characterization and pacing. There was no mention of anyone called Grey and both stories sounded like what I was interested in reading–stories about women who were trying to figure out what and who they want, stories about love that didn’t candy-coat the trials of life with shopping and designer names. So, I was intrigued, I used my Amazon gift certificate (thank you, Tord!) to buy both books. I started reading The Half-Life of Hannah a few days ago and I love it so far.

Screen Shot 2013-01-27 at 11.28.55 AMTwitter also led me to the new book by Ali Harris, The Last First Kiss. Now, I knew this book was coming out–I read about it on Ali Harris’s website back in December–but my sieve-like brain had managed to forget about it. Then a Tweetie mentioned it and I made sure I purchased it.

So now I’ve got three new books to keep me busy for a while and it’s all thanks to Twitter and the Tweeties I follow. 🙂 Thanks, Tweeties! I’ll post reviews soon, as well as an interview with Nick Alexander.

By the way, I am going to follow a fellow writer’s lead (yes, Seumas, thanks for including me in your list) and I’m going to end every blog post from now on with new blogs and sites I’m following. Maybe you’ll want to follow too. So here they are:

Happy reading! 🙂

Get thee to these blogs

I am always on the lookout for new blogs–as if I didn’t read enough already! 🙂 Usually I find them by chance, occasionally I find them via Twitter, Google+ or Facebook. Yesterday, I found three new blogs via Twitter:

So what was so special about these blogs?

Well, 2girlsonabench.com is hilarious–I love its quirky, irreverent tone. I also love how it’s written like a never-ending screenplay. And the wacky things that happen to the girls, Siana and Tricia, make me want to join them. Maybe we could be 3girlsonabench the next time they head to Europe. Just check them out, I think you will enjoy it. 🙂

Christine Nolfi is the author of The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge and Treasure Me. I’ve been following her on Twitter for a while and always liked the posts and links she shares. Last night I read an article she posted with advice on building readership. I thought it was really insightful and I liked her tone of voice. She’s very down-to-earth, which I appreciate. So now I am reading some of her older blog entries and enjoying them as well. So, newbie indie writers, this is a good blog to follow and let’s show Christine our support! 🙂

I followed Nicholas’ link from his Twitter profile after we friended each other. What I love about his blog, ilvenworld, is how it doesn’t simply focus on selling his books. He also posts fantastic photos of places which have inspired his writing. And the pictures make you want to visit those places.

So if you’re looking for some new blogs to follow, check them out! Now I am off to Solna Centrum to pick up my new business cards + pens for promoting my books (I say “books” since I have more in the pipeline–news soon!)…