Kim Talks Books does Facebook

kimtalksbooks.comYes, it’s true!

After many years of simply having my little book blog connected to my author FB page, I took the plunge and set up its own page. Yes, that’s right. You can now follow my reviews and book talk on Facebook. Some posts will be the same as here; others will be FB exclusive.

So if you’re on Facebook and you want to find out the latest about the books I write, then go here. But if you want to keep up with the books I’m reading, authors I’m chatting with and all general lit chat, then you should go here. And Kim Talks Books has its own Twitter profile too, which is linked to this page *and* the FB page, so you’ll never miss out on anything there.

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! 🙂

Twitter led me to a new author…

I used to hate Twitter. I just didn’t get it. Everyone I knew was tweeting (or whatever they call it, I guess twittering isn’t correct) and I was lost in the sauce, as my brother would say. For me, Twitter was just about celebrities posting meanderings that I wasn’t interested in anyway.

And then I went to Matera. While I was there, Sheila Redling and Christine Witthohn opened my eyes to why Twitter is a valuable tool for writers and readers. I resurrected my long-dead Twitter account and ended up coming into contact with several writers from around the world. Not only that, two of them recommended I try books by an author who was new for me: Tayari Jones.

Tayari Jones is the author of Leaving Atlanta, The Untelling and Silver Sparrow (which will be released in May). She’s originally from Atlanta, Georgia and is an Assistant Professor in the MFA program at Rutgers-Newark University. I read the blurbs for her books and they sounds intriguing. Now I’ve ordered them from the Book Depository and look forward to their arrival.

So now I can safely say that Twitter isn’t as bad as I thought–though I still am not certain that it is my favorite social media. I rather like Facebook. But if Twitter keeps leading me to new authors, then it may knock Facebook of its pedestal.