Something New: The Bookspired Linkup

Over the past few weeks, I’ve sorted through some thoughts about this blog and what I want it to be. My tagline is Read Good Books. Do Good Things. It sounds nice, and I personally know what it means, but I’m not sure I’ve made it clear to anyone else.

Since I started blogging back in September, I’ve dabbled in a few different formats, almost always bringing books and reading into the mix. I’m glad I jumped into blogging before knowing what I was doing – I don’t think there’s any other way to do it. Until you start writing, sharing what you’ve written, and seeing how people respond to it, you’ll never know what works for you and for them.

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” – Samuel Beckett

I have slowly figured out two things.

#1 Why I Read:

  • To learn new facts and explore ideas.
  • To enjoy a good story.
  • To accomplish something tangible. Reading a book from start to finish is satisfying. I like checking things off a list and patting myself on the back.
  • To empathize with my fellow humans.
  • To be inspired to do good things for myself and others.

People read for these and a variety of other reasons, and I think what binds readers together is that books inspire us in some way … To read more books by the same author or drop that book and find something better. To act more like the main character or less like the main character. To take up a new hobby, make new goals, or try a new recipe. We may not always stop to think about how books inspire us, but I think it’s fun to pay attention and share what we learn. Which brings me to the next thing.

#2 Why I Blog:

  • To accomplish something tangible. See above about checking things off and pats on the back.
  • To hold myself accountable for reading good books.
  • To empathize with my fellow humans.
  • To inspire people to do good things for themselves and others.
  • To connect with others and build community.

One of my favorite parts of blogging is having a platform from which I can connect with other people. I enjoy reading blogs about books, food, faith, parenting, and many other topics and interacting with other bloggers and readers. I appreciate when others encourage a sense of community, and I’d like to do the same.

So, here’s the plan. On the third Wednesday of the month (starting next Wednesday, April 20), I’ll share a new Bookspired post and announce that The Bookspired Linkup is open. Anyone can participate by linking up a recent post that explores, in some manner, how a book has inspired you. You can share about a book you’re currently reading, one you’ve read recently, or one you read a long time ago. You can directly or vaguely address the theme. It can be deep thoughts or just plain fun. If you don’t have a blog, you can still participate by leaving a comment on my post, on any participant’s post, or on social media. I’ll share some other common-sense guidelines when the linkup is open.


In closing, here are a few of my old posts that fit The Bookspired Linkup theme.

Gathering Friends for the Long Winter

Editing the Heart

Finding Light in a Dark Book

Atticus Finch, Cliff Huxtable, and the Nature of Good Fiction

‘Til Wednesday!





2 thoughts on “Something New: The Bookspired Linkup

  1. Hi Ellen … it was good to meet you this week via Modern Mrs. Darcy link-up. Your link-up sounds fun, too! And how good to hear that you’re a New Englander … I am new to this area, after visiting for 50 years or so.

    Looking forward to connecting in the days ahead …

    Have a great weekend!

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