Books Craft Communities

The following review originally appeared on Book End Babes, a website devoted to a love of reading and to learning about new authors.

Over the course of the last couple of months, I’ve been thinking about how books create a community. Your age, gender, ethnic background and sexual orientation don’t matter when it comes to book discussions. Whether we love or hate a book, we come together as a community to discuss them.

We even craft different communities. All of you who join us here are part of our Book End Babes community. You may comment on our posts, share our reviews on Twitter and Facebook or talk about us to your friends. You may have discovered new authors and through our review have become part of a larger community; the fan base of your new favorite author. This then connects you to the larger community of the genre. It goes on and on.

Great examples of how books can craft communities are the Harry Potter Series, The Hunger Games and Fifty Shades of Grey. Whether we hated these books or loved these books, we connected with each other to share our opinions in the safety of our book community. This may have been through a book club, a fan club or our social media networks.

I’ve been lucky enough to be part of the Book End Babes community. Through our community I’ve found new authors and have been able to connect with them via Twitter. I’ve been able to learn about how much work it takes to create a novel through our resident writers. I’ve gained a greater appreciation for how much work goes into creating our favorite characters.

I love the communities that books create. I think it’s the extra gift that keeps on giving after we finish the last chapter. What communities have you connected with via books?

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