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Do you Friday Reads?

Friday Reads is a community of people who contribute to a global confab about reading via social media. Founder Bethanne Patrick simply posted to her Twitter feed one Friday last fall, “What are you reading today?” and added the hashtag #FridayReads.  An internet happening was born.

Bethanne’s weekly question has morphed into a cross-platform conversation. You can join the fun on Tumblr, Twitter, or Facebook or receive the Friday Reads email newsletter. And, you can win a book just by participating.   The official mission of Friday Reads is one I can get behind 100%: “Our goal is simple: to raise reading’s visibility and encourage more people to join in!”

I don’t know about you, but there are weeks when I feel like most online content is depressing: email lists that devolve into sniping, news articles that are alarming, or social media comments that I either can’t keep up with, don’t get, or wish I hadn’t read.  Friday Reads reminds me that virtual community can be affirming, smart, enjoyable, and informative.

My Friday Reads this week? The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (which is September’s 1Book140 selection), and Jennifer Government by Max Barry.  What are you reading?


About Deb Baker

Deb Baker is a writer and insatiable reader, and library director at a community college. She muses about library issues at The Nocturnal Librarian ( and blogs about books, reading, and life at bookconscious ( Her family includes two awesome offspring, a husband, and the cat who adopted them. And a crazy rescue kitten.

4 responses to “Do you Friday Reads?

  1. YeVette McWhorter ⋅

    Oh, my literary friend. I am reading Crunch Time by Diane Mott Davidson. I like the fact it has absolutely no social redeeming quality at all; it is just mind candy. I am sorry to leave it this morning as I go in to work on a Saturday.

  2. YeVette McWhorter ⋅

    I get questions about how long papers should be…I long for questions about content.

  3. Dina Harris Nov. 12, 2011 Wellfleet
    Just found this DEB; great idea.
    I have just finished reading The Rebelion of Jane Clarke by Sally Gunning. It is the third book in her trilogy of Colonial Cape Cod and Boston a few years before the Revolution. Gunning lives on the Outer Cape, and the descriptions of the Cape , beautiful and ring true. Well written , informative and entertaining. Delight if you know the Cape.

  4. You could definitely see your expertise in the article you write.
    The sector hopes for more passionate writers like you who aren’t afraid to say how they believe.
    At all times go after your heart.

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