Bookish Blogging: Discussion Topics from A to Z

Bookish Blogging

Bookish Blogging is a feature where I provide tips, suggestions, and other resources for blogging about books.  It’s similar to my Bookish Thoughts feature in that I will share my own thoughts about the topic and likely ramble.  But, it’s more aimed at helping other book bloggers instead of just chatting.


Discussion Topics from A to Z

As you may have noticed, I love discussions.  I love writing discussions, reading discussions, linking discussions, and participating in discussions.  If you write a discussion post, it is likely I will comment on it or at least share it in my weekly recap post.  And if I don’t, you need to tell me because I’m always looking for more!

That being said, I know not everyone is comfortable writing discussion posts.  Some people think they have nothing to talk about.  Well, that’s where I’m hoping this will help.  I have went through all my recap posts, all my own discussion posts, and my list of ideas and created what I’m calling my Master Discussion Topic List!  Below you will find words that deal with blogging or reading that can hopefully inspire you to write a post.

I say if you want to write a discussion post,  but need inspiration, go through this list.  Go through a section at a time or the whole thing, and if you see a word that inspires you write it down.  For instance, when I went through the list today one of the first ones I saw that inspired me was “appropriate”.  What is appropriate for YA?  Who is to say what is appropriate?  Why does it matter?  I would be shocked if reading through this list did not give you at least one idea about something you can write about.

I’m hoping that this will be helpful for some people.  There are hundreds of thousands of different topics you can talk about, and for each topic there are hundreds of thousands of different things you can say about it.  So give it a go!


A

Acknowledgement page
Abandon
Abuse
Action
Addict
Adult books
Adventure
Advertising
Advice
Affection
Age-gap
Alternate POV
Amnesia (book)
Amount of books read per year
Angels
Anxiety
Appropriate
ARCs
Arrogance
Art
Audiobooks
Author
Author-blogger relations
Author blurbs
Authors writing what they (don’t) know
Auto-buy
Awards

B

Bait-and-switch
Balance
Ban
Bargains
Bechdel test
Beginning
Blog rolls
Blogging
Bloglovin’
Bonus content
Bookmarks
Bookshelves
Bookshops
Borrowing (book)
Boyfriends (book)
Branding
Break ups
Budget
Bullying
Business cards
Buying

C

Censorships
Challenges
Changes
Chapters
Characters
Childhood
Children
Choices
Chronic pain
Classics
Clearance
Cliff-hangers
Co-bloggers
Collections
Commenting on blogs
Commercials
Commitment
Confessions
Connecting
Cons
Contemporary
Conventions
Cover
Cover flips
Cover redesigns
Criticism
Crossover
Cry
Culture
Cyborg

D

Decisions
Defining books
Demons
Design (covers / blogs)
Dignity
Distractions
Diversity
DNF reviews
Dragons
Dream
Duplicate
Dust jacket
Dystopia

E

E-books / E-readers
Email
Emotional
Endings
Events
Envy
Events
Evil sentences
Excerpts

F

Facebook
Faeries
Fairy-tale retellings
Family
Fangirl
Fantasy
Fatigue
Favorites
Features
Feedly
Fiction
Final book in series
Finances
First impressions
Following blogs
Friends
FTC disclosures

G

Gender
Genres
Gifts
Giveaways
Goodreads
Gothic
Grammar

H

Habits
Hang ups
Hangover (book)
Happy endings
Hardcover
Harpies
Haters
Heroes / Heroines
Hiatus
Historical fiction
History (reading)
Holiday
Horror
Humor
Hungry
Hype

I

Ice breaker
Illustrations
Influences
Infographic
Insta-love
International
Interact
Interruptions
Interview

J

Journal
Judge

K

Kill

L

LGBTQ
Labels
Last page
Laziness
Length
Lessons
Letter
Libraries
Lies
Life vs. blog
Light / fluffy reads
Love interests
Love triangles

M

Magazine
Magic
Manga
Manifesto
Maps
Marketing
Meet and greet
“Meh” books
Memes
Memoir
Memorability
Mentors
Mermaids
Mental illness
Mid-series changes
Middle Grade
Misbehaving authors
Models
Mood review
Movie adaptations
Music
Must-reads
Mystery

N

Names
Narrative
Negative reviews
New Adult
New book bloggers
Non-fiction
Non-readers
Nook (book)
Novellas
Numbers

O

Obsessions
OCD
Open-endings
Ordinary
Organization

P

Pace
Paperbacks
Paranormal
Parents
Perfect
Personalized books
Perspectives
Pet peeves
Photography
Physical books
Picking next read
Pictures
Pinterest
Pirates
Plagiarism
Playlists
Pleasure reading
Plot
Plug-ins
Poetry
Point of View
Post-apocalyptic
Posting
Predictability
Preference
Presents
Promotion
Prop boyfriend
Pros
Publishers
Publishing

Q

Quirks

R

Rating systems
Reaction
Read-a-thons
Readability
Reader beginnings
Reading as a reviewer/blogger vs. reader
Reading in context
Reading multiple books at once
Reading schedules
Real life
Realistic
Re-reading
Recap
Recommendations
Relationships
Requests
Required reading
Resurrection
Review requests
Reviewing
Rituals
Romance
Rules

S

Sacrifice
Schedule
School reading
Science
Science fiction
Second book
Secondhand
Self-esteem
Self-help
Self-publishing
SEO
Sequels
Series
Settings
Sex
Sharing
Shopping
Short story
Signed books
Signings
Size (book)
Slumps (reading / blogging)
Snarky reviews
Snobbery
Social media
Spine poetry
Spoilers
Stalking
Standalones
Statistics
Stereotypes
Strong
Subscribers
Summary
Supernatural
Surveys
Survival tips
Suspense
Swag
Swearing
Synopsis

T

TBR pile
Tear jerker
Therapy
Three star ratings
Thriller
Time
Tips
Titles
Tours (book)
Trailers (book)
Traveling
Trends
Trilogies
Tropes
Tumblr
Tunnel vision
Turn offs
Twists in books
Twitter
Typography

U

Urban fantasy

V

Vacation
Vampires
Verse novels
Views
Villain
Virgin

W

Want to see more of
Werewolves
Wishlist
Wordpress
Writing

X

Y

Young Adult

Z

Zombies


What do you think?  Has this list been helpful or inspiring?  Have any “words” or “topics” you think I should include that I’ve missed?  Where do you get your ideas for the discussion posts you create?

Asti

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  1. This is a fabulous master list, Asti! I’ve been writing down ideas of topic I’ve always wanted to tackle after starting my discussion series but they always seem to have already been discussed before. This is going to be so helpful for bloggers like me who struggle to think of something new to talk about! Thank you!

  2. Oh, you helpful creature! I love your idea of helping others with writing discussion posts! Have I told you you’re one of the nicest people I’ve ever talked to? I just had at least ten new ideas about discussion posts, haha!

    I was one of those before that thought I didn’t have anything good enough for a discussion post, but then I realized that I can just talk about everything that bothers me or that makes me happy when it comes to books (I’m trying to gain the courage to write a little more personal post, but I’m getting cold feet).

    • One of the nicest people you’ve ever talked to? Maybe you need to talk to more people ;)

      I do hope you gain the courage to write more discussion posts (or personal posts)! But whatever makes you happy will make us happy, so no harm either way. For some reason I have no problem sharing personal stuff on my blog… that’s probably not always a good thing ><

  3. That is a lot of words! I am definitely bookmarking this for later reference! Wow I can totally see how much you love discussion posts. I love them too but I always suck at coming up with ideas. Awesome post and thanks for sharing! :)

  4. Wow! What fantastic ideas, Asti! :D
    You’re an angel; this will help so many people to find inspiration and get to the writing board to craft up so many discussion posts that will definitely light up their blog! :D
    Great job, Asti! <3

  5. People talk about the blogging community becoming increasingly more competitive, but this is just the opposite. Amazing post that hones right in on one of the book blogging aspects that many of us find most difficult. Cheers!!

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  8. Oh, I love doing discussion posts! My problem is the opposite; I have so many ideas, but so little time to make the posts :/ But anyway, thanks for the brain food! I’ve gotten quite a few new ideas for future posts. So keep your eyes peeled for them! :D

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  10. Asti! Did anyone ever tell you that you are the BESTEST! Because you are! Seriously, this might be the biggest help EVER! I love discussion posts but it legit takes me months to think of one topic.. I scanned through this list and ideas were coming from all angles :) I just feel like I need to go write discussions into the new year now!!! *squee* !!!! oooh… and THANK YOU :)

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  12. I love this post! Usually I write discussion posts when a topic is on my mind, but I definitely sometimes feel like, “Hmm, I haven’t had a discussion post in a while,” but nothing really jumps out at me. This is fantastic!

  13. This is really great… I have been thinking about discussion posts lately on my blog. I recently wrote one on audio books but that is about it. I have tried to have posts about video games and I participate in posts where I read a book and then review it and the disney movie it’s based off of. I need to make some discussions though!

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  16. This is such an awesome resource! Especially since I’m always meaning to incorporate more discussions into my posting schedule. Now I just need to catch up on all my reviews and drafted discussions, which is an intimidatingly long list.

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  20. Wow, this is a fantastic post that is definitely going to help me out on my blog, which I just moved from Blogspot to self-hosted WordPress and changed the name of. I’m always looking for new things to talk about on my blog and one of the topics that jumped out at me was “Decisions” because I will be making and posting about some big decisions on the blog regarding the blog, where I would like to take it, and also that pertains to my personal life as I’m about to be going back to college after 15+ years. So, thank you for this.

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