Let’s get buzzing about books

Book Buzz surveyBy SARAH CHAIN
Daily Record / Sunday News

I was the kid who snuck a book under her sheets at night, reading with a flashlight long after my parents thought I was asleep. I was also the kid who sat down and finished “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” in one sitting so no one ruined the ending.

Now, I’ve become the adult who nearly makes herself late for work by getting too wrapped up in “The Hunger Games.” And, the adult who takes a “vacation” and uses the week to read six or eight books.

I’m a bookworm.

Of course, it felt only natural to contribute to Book Buzz when I started at the York Daily Record/Sunday News last year. When longtime books editor Gloria Fogal retired in January, I stepped in to take her position.

So far, I’ve enjoyed it. I love to talk about the books I’m reading and get suggestions from other people. I love hearing from local authors and reading their stories. And as a big fan of libraries, I love discovering the programs and offerings in York County.

We’ve been trying a handful of new ideas to better engage and interact with our current readers — and potential new readers. As I said in a blog post, if we’re not serving our audience and our community, then what’s our purpose?

Part of that is what’s new on Book Buzz and in print. We created a QR code so you can access the blog easily on your smartphone when you see content in print. We’re active on our Twitter account, @ydrbooks, to highlight local content and recent reviews.

But part of engaging with our readers is the actual interaction: We’re talking to our readers about what they’d like to see on Book Buzz and here in this section of the York Sunday News. We’re reaching out to local bookstores, libraries and colleges to introduce ourselves and find new stories. And we’re asking you — yes, you — for your opinion.

You can fill out the survey above and mail it back to us, or send your answers in an email to schain@ydr.com. (Or download a PDF that is easier to read.)

Maybe there’s a recently released book you’ve been wondering about. Maybe you have a neighbor or friend who has written a book and would be perfect for a story. Maybe you run a book group and are looking to attract more members.

Whatever your ideas might be, we want to hear them. Whether you’re a writer, reader or aficionado of both writing and reading, let us know what you’d like to see.

I can’t wait to hear from you.

Reach Sarah Chain at 717-771-2090 or schain@ydr.com, or follow her on Twitter at @sarahEchain.


Sarah ChainAbout me
Lives in: York
Age: 23
Family: A 25-year-old sister in Charlotte, N.C., plus parents and a 10-year-old brother in Connecticut
Job title: Books editor and multiplatform journalist in the features department
Hobbies: Reading (of course!), cooking, local food, being outdoors
Likes to read: Stories that teach me about a culture or time period I’m unfamiliar with; books about food, farming and cooking; memoirs by comedians

On the blog
Check out upcoming book sales, local bookstores, news from local authors and York County libraries, and more than 200 book reviews on Book Buzz. While you’re here, take a look at two new features we’ve started:

  • Series Sunday: Caryn Rupert writes, “Many books in my book queue are waiting to be read, and a common theme among is that they’re all part of a series, trilogy or saga. Each Sunday, I’ll share a book from a series. You can read along with me, or add the books to your own reading list.”
  • Comic Book Wednesday: Bethany Fehlinger writes, “Comic Book Wednesday is a new feature that will showcase a variety of visually based books that fit into this wide category, to give a taste of this other form of reading.”

About Sarah Chain

I'm an avid reader and book lover living and working in downtown York. Follow me on Twitter at @sarahEchain.
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