As a book lover, there are few things more rewarding to me that reading an amazing book. You probably know exactly what I'm talking about -- a book that evokes intense feelings in you, perhaps even changes how you perceive your life in some way. A book that you just have to discuss with someone and see if they had a similar reaction.
I've read quite a few books over the past 20 years or so that made me feel this way. Probably the one that sticks with me the most for some very many reasons is TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. It is without a doubt my very favorite book -- ever! I have read it numerous times starting when I was in high school; and each and every time, this novel just blows me away.
If you are nodding your head right now and thinking of the book (or books) that made you feel this way, then I know of a great new site launched by Sony that will appeal to you. It's called Words Move Me: Connecting readers around the literary moments they love, and it is really a terrific way to see how readers like you have been affected by the books they've read.
It's very simple to get started on Words Move Me. All you have to do is register on the site -- you need a user name and password. You can also add a profile picture, a short bio, some of your favorite books, and genres of books you enjoy. Then you can start submitting "words that move you" by creating "literary moments" from some of your favorite books. These moments can not exceed 255 characters (including spaces) -- kind of like book love tweets but with a few more characters! You can also add up to three relevant emotional tags (i.e. inspiration, humor, empathy, etc.) for additional searchability options.
I have already started entering some of my "literary moments." I have to say that I had a great time reflecting on some of the books I've read and how they affected my life. Whether it be a book that I read years ago that has still managed to stay in my mind, or one that I read with my children over and over again, I think Words Move Me is a wonderful way for me to capture how much books mean to me.
Besides entering some of my favorite books, I have also thoroughly enjoyed browsing the site and reading others' literary moments. It is so amazing to see the power that books have had on so many people! I think Words Move Me is just a fantastic way for the book community to come together and share the importance of the written word in all of our lives!
I highly encourage you to check out the new site Words Move Me. I know you'll have a wonderful time both sharing your thoughts and feelings as well as reading about how "words have moved" other readers!
And, now for the big news! To help promote the new site Words Move Me, Sony wants to giveaway a Sony Reader Pocket Edition (valued at $199.99) to one very lucky Booking Mama reader. I am so excited that I can barely stand it!!!!
Here's how you can enter to win:
1. Leave a comment telling me about a book you read when you were growing up that has stayed with you and why it was memorable. Make sure you leave an email address or a way to contact you in case you win.
2. This is not an entirely random giveaway -- I will be reviewing each entry for originality and content. I will select the top five entries and randomly choose a winner from these.
2. No purchase necessary to enter or win. Odds of winning are not increased by a purchase.
3. Sorry, but this giveaway is open to those of you with U.S. addresses only.
4. Contest will be open until Sunday, January 3, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. EST. The winner will be announced on this blog on Monday, January 4, 2010.
5. Good luck to everyone!
Sony has empowered me to participate in this campaign, and I have been compensated with a Sony Reader Pocket Edition valued at $199.99. A huge thanks to Digital Influence Group and Sony for providing the two Sony Reader Pocket Editions!