Random Thoughts: 6 Ways to Enjoy Reading at Home

Posted May 17, 2020 by Charlotte in Random Thoughts / 0 Comments

Random Thoughts 6 Ways to Enjoy Reading at Home

Over the past few months, due to Cornavirus we are spending a lot more time at home and indoors. And less time browsing the bookshelves at our favourite bookshop or local library. So with 6 ways to enjoy reading at home you will probably never want to leave.

And perhaps with all this staying at home, there is a sense of loneliness and sadness as events that have been planned for a long time and have been super excited for are cancelled.

Below I’ve listed six ways that, even at home you can celebrate your love of reading and maybe enjoy reading at home.

1. Connect with other book bloggers from the comfort of your favourite chair.

Want to connect with other book lovers and not sure how?

There are so many ways that you can chat and find a book enthusiast. One of my favourite ways is the#UKYAChat created by Lucy Powrie. This is normally every Friday and is hosted on Twitter. Lucy normally has a theme for each chat and asks questions and plays games throughout the evening. And occasionally there is a special author guest! All of which you can interact with via the hashtag.

2. Join an Online Book Club.

Love discussing new books with your friends this may be perfect solution.

Whether you want to create your own with your friends and use meeting apps such as Zoom or Google Hangouts or via an established online book club such as Reese’s Book Club, Salons London and #CoReadingVirus

There is Beth’s Book Club and you can even follow the tag #bethsbooktag. There are two books a month and normally an exclusive author Q&A. Plus she does kindle round ups listing the best books for 99p so your TBR will never shrink.

The choice is endless and you have no excuse not to discuss your favourite books.

3. Attend an Online Festival.

So one of my favourites is Lockdown LitFest which has loads of great authors involved. There are past events which you can rewatch and there are also some upcoming events to get excited for. It’s a great way to waste an hour or two.

Another festival which is going online is Hay Festival Digital. This is taking place between the 18-31 May and is completely free. The 18th-22nd May is aimed for schools so is a great way to entertain and be educational and from the 22nd to the end is the ‘main events’.  This is free and you can prebook your ‘virtual seat’ before and get a reminder before the event begins.

Book Riot also has a handy list of virtual book events you can attend currently up to the end of August.

4. Participate in a Readathon.

I love readathons, they are a great way to reduce that TBR pile, get new recommendations and meet some new people.

So on Goodreads there is the follow two readathons: The 2020 Reading Challenge Group which posts monthly challenges and readathons that are themed. And Dewy’s 24-Hour Readathon. The main event for this has finished but they occasionally post mini-thons so keep your eye out.

5. Test your bookish knowledge with a bookish quiz.

So if you are a Harry Potter head you can be transported to Hogwarts with the new Harry Potter at Home Website which is full of quizzes, puzzles and even assigns your Hogwarts house. And perhaps best of all the actors of the Harry Potter franchise are reading a chapter each of the Philosopher Stone so you can also do a reread!

6. Participate in an author event online.

Your favourite author has cancelled that event? No worries there are loads of events happening online.

On Monday Heather Morris author of The Tattooist at Auschwitz will be holding a Facebook live event every Monday with the first commencing on the 18th  May.

Or you can check out Hachette’s Book Group Author Events to see if there is anything you fancy. All are happening via Zoom. Upcoming events include Laura Lam and Trudi Canavan (who is one of my favourite authors and one that I definitely want to take part in!)

So what do you think of my 6 ways to enjoy reading at home? Do you have any other suggestions?

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