Read all the Things: I'm Joining the 2022 Discussion Challenge

Let’s Discuss Discussions!

Posted January 12, 2022 by Amber in Bookish Things / 4 Comments

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Good morning my beautiful monsters. I hope the week has been treating you well and bringing much joy!

Today, I wanted to talk a little about book blog discussions and why they are the best posts. In doing this, I’m also announcing that I’ll be participating in the 2022 Discussion Challenge, hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight. These two bloggers have run a discussion challenge for the last seven years and it’s still going strong! How cool is that? Props to both of them!

If y’all have been here for a minute, you know I try to post something discussable every week. Sure, sometimes there are wrap ups, but for the most part I’ve strayed away from book tags and definitely from memes because those aren’t the really interesting parts of blogging for me. The really interesting thing is, well, talking about books! Discussion posts are my favorite to write. They take the time to reflect on what we’re reading, why we’re reading it, and why we love (or hate!) things so deeply. I’ve talked about everything from Alice in Wonderland retellings to portrayal of psychiatric facilities in YA books to editing classics for the modern era.

I’ve spoken about reviews on book blogs before and how I feel as though they’re the foundation of a book blog – like the broth in a soup. We’re reading these books so it only makes sense to write about them. But if book reviews are the broth, then discussions are the spice in our blogging soup. They’re the things that I think about when I finish the book, wondering why certain choices were made or gushing about the brilliance of modern struggles woven effortlessly into a fantastic fantasy novel. When you read a particular bad or particularly good book, what sticks with you the most?

Into 2022, I’m hoping to write more book vs. movie comparisons because I truly enjoy those. In fact, I’ve got one coming up this month about How Dimple Met Rishi vs. the Netflix India series Mismatched. While my travel posts will continue for most of the year (I’m still not done exploring the world!) I intend to branch out more into meaningful discussion as well. I want to talk so much more about diversity in books, supporting authors equitably, and why certain books need to be retired from curriculums. I’m trying to be more forgiving in the posts I pre-plan (last year, I wrote out discussion topics for the whole year in JANUARY) but I assure you – I have SO many ideas and I can’t wait to share them with you all.

As a community, we constantly talk about how we’re going to post more discussions. I know I’ve been one of those people in the past, and even though I’ve improved in the last few years, I thought it would be fun to join the community and share my discussion posts… and find some great ones, too!

If you’d like to join in as well, please hop on over to the introductory post where you can read up on the history and rules of the challenge as well as join it yourself!

send me your thoughts

What types of discussion posts do you prefer?

Do you like posts about blogging, reading, writing, something else?

Share with me in the comments!

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4 responses to “Let’s Discuss Discussions!

    • Amber

      Hi Yesha! That’s awesome, I’m excited you’re going to give it a shot! 🙂 You certainly don’t need to sign up for a challenge to write discussions. 🙂 Have fun and good luck!

    • Amber

      Agreed! I sort of facepalmed a bit when I saw this challenge because I try to write discussion posts anyway – wish I’d linked up years ago!