This year I’ve decided not to take part in a yearly review of 2020. There’s going to be a lot of people saying how much they’ve achieved over the previous year. But I’m very aware so many others missed out on many of their yearly goals due to the pandemic. All things considered, 2020 was a good year for me but I’m not thinking going over why would be all that tasteful right now. For many, making it through 2020 was the biggest achievement for the year, something that should be celebrated as the past year has not been easy.
Instead of a yearly review I thought I’d be fun to keep things light-hearted and looking forward. I know many have entered this year tired and as a blogger I know I came into 2021 exhausted on the writing front. So, after some brainstorming (and some searching on Pinterest) I gathered 21 bookish post ideas to help us kickstart 2021. If you’re struggling for post ideas give these a read, there’ll be something you can draw inspiration from.
1) Bookshelf tour
Have you squirreled away a collection of books over the past years, if so, how about giving your readers a tour? It could just be because I’m a tad nosy, but I love seeing what’s on other people’s bookshelves. This doesn’t just have to be your physical bookshelf either, if you’re a Kindle reader like me you can join in to.
2) Book hype
What are your opinions of the hype surrounding certain books or book trends? Do you like the ‘in trend’ books right now, do you hate them? If you have opinions let your readers know, you might find you share the same thoughts.
3) Popular books you’ve never read
What popular book have you never picked up and why? I’ve never read The Fault in Our Stars and this tends to evoke a strong reaction even to this day, nor have I read the Hunger Games. How about you, what popular book have you never read?
4) Classic books you’ve never read
Like above but with The Classics. Are you like me and someone who avoids reading the classics and if so why? Or have you read them all except one? Try to start up a conversation with your audience and see where that takes you.
5) Book VS its film adaption
What film adaption of a book did you hate? What adaption did you think they did an amazing job on? This is a nice topic to discuss mainly because it gives you the excuse to revisit your favourite books and films.
6) Kindle VS traditional book
I did a post on this a while back and after a year of using my Kindle I can officially say I’ve gone to the dark side; I love using it so much. What are your thoughts on the matter?
7) Life lessons from X book
If there’s a book you came away feeling that you’d absorbed a great deal of knowledge, share it with your readers. You could do it as a summary if you’re talking about a non-fiction self-help book, or for a fiction read you could discuss what life lessons you came away with after reading.
8) Your favourite tropes in a genre
A light-hearted post is sharing some of your favourite tropes in a certain genre. This is a great way for your reader to get to know you a bit better.
9) Your least favourite tropes in a genre
If you’re wanting a fun topic to rant about give this one a go. It keeps things light whilst giving you the room to talk about some heavy topics.
10) What is the perfect length for a book?
Is there truly a perfect length for a book? This is a very individual topic but it’s a nice time of self-reflection. After thinking about what I deemed is the perfect length for a book, I came to the surprising conclusion that I am seriously intimidated by a long book.
11) Things you want to see more of in mainstream books
Do you think mainstream books are lacking representation from certain people/ areas? I think we can all think of one thing we’d like to see more of in the world of books. If you can find some examples of books that include the representation you want to see. Encourage your readers to give them a read and maybe together we can get them mainstream.
12) If you could only read 5 books for the rest of your life what would they be and why?
Ah yes, every reader’s least favourite question. If you could only reread 5 books for the rest of your life what would they be and why?
13) What’s on your TBR pile?
This post has so many variations for you to explore. You can take the approach of telling your readers 10 books that are on your to read pile or you could talk about books that have been on your TBR pile for over a year (we all have them, no one is going to judge).
14) Book bloggers you follow
Show some love for the book bloggers you love. There’s no downside to showing appreciation for others hard work and your readers will probably be happy because they get to read some epic new blogs without having to do the searching.
15) How did you get into reading?
If there was a particular person or book that got you into reading, then you can always share that story. There’s always room for heart-warming content.
16) Do you aspire to become an author?
There’s this assumption that all book blogger are aspiring authors, but like all assumptions there are those who don’t follow the believed ‘norm’. Are you an aspiring author yourself or is that not your cup of tea? Not many people ever touch on this topic despite it being so interesting.
17) Your favourite bookish podcasts
I’m out of the loop for this one but I’ve heard bookish podcasts are on the rise. If you listen to enough of them create a list post and share them with your readers.
18) Books that you’d read at your book club
Imagine you run a book club, what books would you read? I think we all have the one book we just wish more people would read so give that book the spotlight and tell your readers about it.
19) Books you loved but never quite got around to reviewing
If you can write a good flash review, then this is a good post to get on your blog. Life gets in the way and despite our best intentions we can’t always review every single book we loved. So, gather up all the books you couldn’t review and put them in one post.
20) Books you DNF
If you’re feeling brave you can talk about the books you couldn’t finish and tell your readers why. Or if you won’t DNF a book and struggle though it to the very end, explain why you do this. Is it to get your moneys worth, do you always want to give books the benefit of the doubt or do you have another reason?
21) Author interview
Author interviews are wonderful if your readers are made up of aspiring authors. If you can get a hold of the elusive creatures then ask if you can interview them for your blog. It’s nice to get a fresh voice on your site, and they can be so insightful for your readers.
I hope that you found some inspiration for your blog and came away with a smaller case of writer’s block that what you started with. The list is by no means exhaustive, so if you can think of some other ideas you could even write one of these posts yourself.
Wishing you all a Happy New Year filled with happy blogging!