Join GoodReads in “Give a Good Read Week” This Week! (September 16 to 22)

(It technically started yesterday… *COUGHS*)

I was a bit busy and didn’t even bother going online for anything much besides looking up some ideas for ideas for book cover designs so yeah. Sorry about the day-late head’s up!

You can read all about it below…

From Goodreads:

Are you ready? It’s here! Give a Good Read Week kicks off today and runs through Sunday, September 22. Which book are you going to share?

All week, we’re asking the wonderful Goodreads community of 95 million readers to add their favorite book or latest good read to a Little Free Library near them and share a photo on social media tagging @goodreads and using the hashtags #GiveAGoodRead and #LFL10. Goodreads will be sharing some of these photos during the week, so don’t forget the hashtags so we can see yours!

You can also include a note to the future reader of your book to help people know what’s going on. To make life easy, we’ve created one for you that you can download here. You’re welcome to personalize it with your own message.

What is Little Free Library?

In 2009, Todd Bol (1956–2018) created the first Little Free Library book exchange and placed it in the front yard of his Hudson, Wisconsin, home as a tribute to his mother—a teacher. Ten years later, his simple idea has snowballed into the world’s largest book-sharing movement! The Little Free Library nonprofit organization inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world.

Where can I find the nearest Little Free Library?

There are more than 90,000 Little Free Library book exchanges in 91 countries, and in all 50 U.S. states. You can see if there is one near you on this interactive map.

What kind of book should I put in the Little Free Library?

It’s totally up to you, but in keeping with our theme, we encourage you to give a book you think is a good read. Maybe it’s a book you’ve enjoyed recently or maybe it’s your all-time favorite that you want more people to discover and read. It can be a brand-new book or a book you’ve read and is sitting on your shelf waiting for a new reader. The choice is yours!

What if there isn’t a Little Free Library near me?

One idea is to start your own Little Free Library. You could use Give a Good Read Week as a trial run and create a temporary library. One Little Free Library steward started with just a sturdy plastic bag before converting later to a registered wooden library.

If you’re already inspired to become a Little Free Library steward, you can browse ready-to-use libraries here, blueprints for building your own library here, and inspiration for some of the incredibly creative libraries others have built here.

Another option is the Impact Library Program, which provides no-cost Little Free Libraries to high-need communities in the U.S. It’s another way you can help more readers discover a good book.

Can I take a book from a Little Free Library, too?

Absolutely! Sharing books in communities is at the heart of this event.

Let us know if you have any questions in the comments below. We’re looking forward to inspiring many more readers with good books to read from September 16 to 22!

I DEFINITELY plan to find some time during the day today to look for a LFL near me (or SOMEWHERE within the state) so I can join the fun. When I do, I’ll be sure to take pictures of where I found one and post it here for anyone in the Tristate area to find!! 🙂

Also, if you’re interested in either joining or creating one yourself, the information is provided above in the summary of the event from Goodreads.

Keep the momentum going and post, reblog, and share it on your blogs and social media! Don’t forget to comment about it here, and maybe link back to your own posts! I’d love to see if you found any LFL around you or if you decided to make your own!!!

Cheers~

That’s It! The SSWBB Sign-up is over!

Thanks to everyone who signed up. I think this will be a great annual thing I can start doing here on Reckless Indulgence to bring all book lovers together. We had 25 participants this year with 3 choosing to bensure a secret Santa to more than one person. (You guys rock in particular!)

Anyway, I’ll be sending out all the info to the wonderful Santas by the weekend.

To everyone else, a Happy December to you all!

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It’s Almost The Start of November, And You Know What Time That Is!

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It’s NANOWRIMO time!!!

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Regardless of your feelings on this writing “competition,” it is a fantastic event to participate in if you want to experience that rush as you write alongside thousands upon thousands of others INTERNATIONALLY… Everyone trying to get out that crazy story that’s been tumbling around in their head for goodness knows how long.

And what’s the goal? 50,000 words or more in a single month. Can you do it? 

I’ve been a participant since… hmm… 200…3? 2004? Something like that! 😀 So, you can just say I’m something of a veteran. Nonetheless, I will always advocate and support this event and all it’s promotion of creativity and the glorious art of writing.

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PepTalk – NaNo-ing Advice: I wanted to leave you with a final piece of advice:

Speaking from my own past and current experience, “bad writing” is just as important and influential as “good writing.”

Don’t let anyone tell you differently.

“Bad writing” can be learned from, improved upon, and refined. “Bad writing” is a priceless commodity that helps you get one step closer to achieving your goal. Bad writing is awesome.

(FYI – I just don’t condone the publishing of said “bad writing” *hur hur should be obvious*)

So don’t be discouraged if you end up writing something that isn’t the greatest come the end of November. Be proud that you got it all down and written in the first place! You’re one step closer than those who are still stuck in the godawful, “I’ll write it down… someday…” phase.

Now that you’ve written your story — about 150+ pages worth of it — you can turn that junk into gold.

“Good” and even “great writing” talents can be discovered! And what writer out there doesn’t enjoy a good challenge to force you to get some writing time into your day?

So sign-up now! Get ready for November!

EVENT UPDATE: Did You Know? Today is Prime Day on Amazon! (July 15th)

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Thought I’d let those of you who have Amazon Prime Membership know that today is Prime Day!! For today only, you can get better-than-Black Friday-like deals on… well.. lots of stuff! Books, electronics, kindles — you name it!

The deals are only available to Prime Members, however – so if you know someone who’s got Prime, pass along the news! You never know who’s day you just might make. 😉

I decided to splurge on some books I’ve been meaning to get, and also on a couple electronics that broken down a billion years ago that I’ve been making due with since. Great time to splurge on gifts for friends, family, loved ones, and – of course – yourself!

So get to it! Click on the banner above or right here!

FIRST DAY of the Endless Possibilities Read-A-Thon!!

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Today starts off the beginning of the 3 day readathon hosted by Good Tales Book Tours! It runs from June 4-6. I am super, super pumped for this! I have SO MANY BOOKS TO READ and, as usual, not enough time to read it in… but never you mind! I’ll find the time. One way or another. 😉

MY TBR LIST FOR THIS READATHON IS HERE.

I think I’m going to make this a comic and graphic novel day and start with some of my recently downloaded NetGalley comics today.
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Probably these:
Let’s see if I can finish those first, then get to the manhua serials because I need funny right now to lift my spirits.  🙂
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Will keep y’all posted with my progress!
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Endless Possibilities Read-A-Thon TBR List
June 4th-6th
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If you are interested in signing up click right here. We’re are also hosting random giveaways and questions with authors on a Facebook party during the readathon, so join in here. The Facebook party will go on every day during the read-a-thon between 2pm-9pm CST.
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The “rules” are simple:

  1. Post your selected TBR to either your blog or a shelf on goodreads
  2. Add your post to the linky here (When adding your list, insert your name and the name of your blog (e.g. Jaay @ Reckless Indulgence | of the Written Word) where it says NAME and link directly to your TBR list where it says LINK.)
  3. Tweet about it.
  4. SUBMIT a question.
  5. HAVE FUN!! 🙂
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World Book & Copyright Day 2015!

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How many of you knew that April 23rd is the official day of the annual event: World Book & Copyright Day?

I haven’t participated in it “officially” for at least… three years (Damn! That long????) but my heart is still behind it and its mission. I usually choose the day to talk about the importance of books and copyright, but… I had a tour yesterday which was unavoidable, so… today I’ll give the talk instead.

So — picture this! A world where… books belong to no one. Not even the ones who created them.

Picture this: A world where authors aren’t paid for the works they put their hearts and souls into, that they slaved over for hours and hours… days and months and YEARS.

Imagine a world where no laws protected author, publisher, book, or reader. Where anyone could claim a book was theirs, or distribute it however which way they pleased, or deface it, plagiarize it, rewrite it, destroy it, because… well… who would be able to contradict it? How could you make a claim in court about theft when there were no laws applying to it?

Imagine, authors… growing weary of such a world.

Imagine publishers… booksellers… making no money from their publications and shutting down en masse. Disappearing off the face of the planet. (They are part of the corporate world, after all. They need to make money in order to survive.)

So. Imagine.

Imagine authors no longer writing.

Imagine BOOKS NO LONGER BEING PUBLISHED OR RELEASED. ANYWHERE.

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Have I scared you shit-less, yet?

This is what a world without copyright… without protection for book, author, publisher, and YOU, would be like.

Scary, isn’t it?

Until a truly ideal and downright utopian world springs up from the ashes of our current reality, copyright laws will ALWAYS BE THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU COULD ASK FOR.

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But those are just my thoughts.

What are your thoughts on the matter? Do you agree? Do you think I’ve blown this waaay out of portion? Do you understand copyright law and its role in the life and creation of that lovely, gorgeous thing you stack away on your shelves or download into your eReaders?

Let me know! I’m rearing to see how this discussion takes off. 🙂

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TONIGHT — as in RIGHT NOW — IS WORLD BOOK NIGHT! :) What are you reading?

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A Little History

World Book Night was first celebrated in the UK and Ireland in 2011 on 5 March. In 2012 it was moved to 23 April, the international day of the book, and was also celebrated in the USA and Germany for the first time. Its purpose was, quite simply, to encourage more adults to read. In late 2013 World Book Night became part of The Reading Agency and is now run as a Reading Agency programme as part of its work to inspire people to take up reading and celebrate the difference that reading makes to their lives.

2015 will be the fifth World Book Night celebration.

So, what does that mean for the rest of us?

Well. Whether you’re 5 or 50, 10 or 100… you should be reading. It’s the most beautiful thing that can happen to a person, and I’m saying this wholly biased as I’ve been reading my whole life and NEVER plan on stopping. ❤

Tonight, I haven’t the slightest idea what will catch my eye — But know this: I plan to read.

And I think that’s half the battle right there. Plan to read. Don’t put it off for “another day” or “when you’re less tired” or keeping saying, “there’s always tomorrow.” Just pick up a book and get to it!

Plan for it, or be spontaneous! Either way, get to reading and don’t find excuses for not doing it.

We can use anything to dissuade us from picking up a book… “My cat needs feeding.” “My car broke down, and I have to fix it.” “I have other things – more important things – to do.” “I have nothing to read.” “It takes too long, and I have a short attention span.” “My favourite show is on TV.” “Oh look! — Is that a UFO hovering above my neighbor’s house?”

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Well, okay. So that last one is actually a legitimate reason to put down your book and take a peak. BUT YOU SHOULD IMMEDIATELY PICK IT BACK UP AGAIN ONCE YOU’RE SURE THE NOSY BASTARDS WERE TAKEN AWAY TO BE EXPERIMENTED ON. 😀 😀 😀 (I’m talking about your neighbors, by the way, not the aliens. I mean. Who needs ’em, right? Always borrowing things… Stupid neighbors.)

Right now. So where was I?

…oh yeah!

Get reading!

Which brings back me to my original question.

What book are you planning to read tonight? What book already has your interest and attention (which is why you’re only seeing this in the middle of the day instead of at night when it was posted XD)? 

Comment below and let’s get a discussion going on your favourite recent reads!