Hello, bookdragons! August is glaring at me in the face but somehow, I’M NOT SO ANXIOUS NOW. Actually, I’m so happy at thr moment I feel like I’m in a tub full of marshmallows. I was supposed to post an award today but because of a recent event in the Twitter book community, I am here to offer you a different content instead.
If you are an active bookdragon on Twitter, I’m sure you know what’s going on but if you’re not, then you’re in luck because I’m here to tell you all about #bookishwish—the tag that restored my faith in humanity! Let’s start, shall we?
WHAT IS #BOOKISHWISH?
So I came home after hours of walking and toasting myself underneath the heat of the sun (I was filing my college application) two days ago to find this #bookishwish on Twitter and at first I was a clueless potato too.
Apparently, @dailyjulianne started this tag when she tweeted a question and a (sort of) plea to the bookish community:
She then subtweeted her own wishlists and three days later after her first post, she announced the hashtag so all bookdragons can ask for the books they want and maybe grant some wishes too:
So basically, #bookishwish is a tag you can use to wish for books and grant some bookdragon wishes too.
IF I CAN HUG THE BOOKISH COMMUNITY WITH ALL MY SEVEN ARMS, I WILL.
HOW CAN YOU JOIN #BOOKISHWISH?
It’s easy to join the tag! You just have to post a list of the books you want and use #bookishwish so that others can see it and grant your wishes. Here’s my wishlist as an example:
There are also international tags like #bookishwishph (for my fellow Filipino bookdragons), #bookishwishnl (for Dutch bookdragons), and #ukbookishwish (for bookdragons from the UK) you can use.
If you want to gift books, you only have to reply to wishlists or you can tweet about your intent to grant some wishes. Here’s an example:
Of course, if you’re broke like me, there are more ways to participate too!
@NunuKz offered to make printable bookish bookmarks that are so aesthetic my eyes water when I see them:
@HogwartsGrad_7 volunteered to make blog logos for book bloggers to participate in the #bookishwish tag:
If your bookshelves are bursting, you can unhaul some books (and ARCs) too and give them a new home using the #bookishwish tag:
Those are just some ways to join! You can think of more bookish things to gift to some lucky bookdragons. Boosting, retweeting wishlists and howling at the blood moon in appreciation are great ways to participate too.
BE A FAIRY AND GRANT THESE BOOKDRAGONS SOME OF THEIR WISHES
I’ve stalked the #bookishwish like a wraith for the past two days and a lot of my wishes have been granted! *cue shrieking and flailing*
But there are still a lot of bookdragons out there who haven’t had any wishes granted so if you’re reading this post, you can check the tweets below and see if you can be the next fairy godparent worthy of a hundred boxes of chocolates and 200 libraries!
If you want to gift any of these bookdragons some of their wishes, please reply on their tweets or DM them! You can also RT their tweets to spread the love.
There are a lot of fairies who are gifting books through Book Depository, Amazon or Wordery so that more international readers can get books and that’s great! We should sing praises for these fairies to the skies. However, it will be better to use affiliate links to help two bookdragons with one stone! Um yeah that’s not my best pun but whatever.
Here are some affiliate links you can use:
If you still haven’t been granted some wishes, you can always join giveaways. Who knows? Maybe your luck is better than mine. There are also book fairies who are willing to grant some wishes at random so you can still reply with your wishlists.
Here are some open giveaways:
There you go. You can find more on Twitter. I hope you win some of these! Also, if you know what sorcery I should perform to win giveaways, please tell me. Asking for your local wizard.
TIPS AND REMINDERS
The #bookishwish tag is the greatest thing that has happened in my life since the invention of chocolates so I’m here to give you some tips. I will also list some reminders because I know dragons are forgetful creatures.
• Order from local online bookstores
I’m so happy for this tag but sometimes, there are international readers who can’t get their wishes because shipping fee is too expensive for their fairy godmothers. As an international reader myself, this stings a bit because there are less books in marginalized countries and this tag is supposed to give us chances to have the books we don’t have access to.
If you want to grant some wishes but you can’t cover the shipping fee, there is another solution other than splitting up the fee. Shipping internationally is expensive but there are local online bookstores where you can buy books to send to your international bookdragon.
In the Philippines, for example, the leading bookstore chain here (National Bookstore) has an online store at http://www.nationalbookstore.com. You can place the order there and pay for the book (with a less expensive shipping fee) and your bookdragon can just pick it up easily.
• Keep on refreshing
I got a lot of wishes granted by stalking the #bookishwish tag. There are fairies who grant wishes to those who reply to their tweets first (first come, first served) so it’s really important to pay attention to the hashtag all the time. Ah spending all my hours on Twitter is definitely one of my special talents.
• Don’t abuse the tag
Paying attention to the tag really helps but you shouldn’t abuse it too. If you already got your wishes, you should give others a chance too because giving is really the main point of this tag.
• Thank your fairy godparents
THIS IS IMPORTANT. Your fairies are giving you books without asking for anything in return so please thank them at least 180 times to show your gratitude. Not all bookdragons are given the chance to have their wishes granted so if you’re fortunate enough, please don’t forget to say a simple “thank you”. Sometimes, those two words are enough to make the heart soar.
• Keep boosting
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: RT WISHLISTS AND BOOST THEM UP. I’m a broke bookdragon so I couldn’t do anything else other than retweeting and boosting other’s wishlists. This gives them more opportunities to be seen by potential fairies. Aside from the wishlists I featured here, you can see more in my twitter profile (@rainfallsdown44) because I retweeted many.
• Check this thread out
The root of this tag, @dailyjulianne, posted a thread hours ago which contains a lot of reminders for those who are participating. Please read it and remember her words:
• Use Shealea’s tracker
Shealea (check her blog out!) made a tracker you can download to manage your wishlists more efficiently:
This post is getting too long but I just want to thank all the people who granted wishes and who will keep on granting wishes in the months to come. In behalf of all the bookish community, THANK YOU.
Allow me to thank these people too:
@wildmarschild for giving me an ARC of Girls of Paper and Fire even way before the #bookishwish tag started. Mars is a supporter of international readers and hosts lots of giveaways on Twitter.
@JacquelineSmith114 for offering to send me two of her books from the Cemetery Tours trilogy. Please support her books!
@voguishperuser for giving her copy of Clockwork Angel to me and gifting other books to bookdragons. You’ve made us happy.
@polmoose83 for spreading Terry Pratchett love and sending me a copy of Good Omens. You are awesome 😊
@SleepySamReads for pre-ordering King of Scars for me. It really made me happy. Looking forward to fangirling with you again! She’s the best. Please check out her blog here.
@dini_bharadwaj for (possibly) gifting me a physical copy of A Thousand Perfect Notes. Thank you so much for supporting international readers.
@alexiacambaling for gifting me a Kindle copy of The Poppy War. She has been supporting my blog ever since I started and I would be very glad if you visit her blog too.
@ramblereads for offering to buy me a copy of Uprooted. I’ve been meaning to read that book for so long. Thank you so much!
@JMCabraal for (possibly) shipping me his ARC of One of Us is Lying. He has a blog too! Check it out.
@tbookishfairy for granting me my wish of a Strange the Dreamer copy. You’re a true precious fairy.
@patchworkbunny for gifting me An Ember in the Ashes. I’ll finally be able to read that book now because of you. Yay!
@urbanspcmnn for (possibly) pre-ordering Kingdom of Ash for me! I’m so thankful for this 😄
@snowglobe10 for giving me a copy of Things A Bright Girl Can Do! Even though shipping fee is expensive, you still gifted the book to me.
@_Muslimah_ for (possibly) buying me a copy of Vicious! You don’t know how happy I am to finally have a copy of that book.
@jessofthemscira for shipping me a copy of the Divergent trilogy. I’ll be able to finally read those books because of you.
WOW LOOK AT ALL THESE PEOPLE. I DON’T HAVE ENOUGH WORDS TO TELL YOU HOW THANKFUL I AM. I will never stop thanking you all. I’m still looking for a way to repay this kindness. THANK YOU SO MUCH. If I forgot to thank anyone, please forgive this forgetful dragon. Just know that you’ve made me so happy!
That’s it! I hope you learned a thing or two from this post. PLEASE SUPPORT BOOKDRAGONS. Gift them their wishes, be kind, or support them in any way possible. This #bookishwish tag proved that the bookish community is the best community I have ever been a part of.
Tell me your experience with #bookishwish! Have your wishes been granted? Comment your wishlists on my twitter posts and I’ll RT them.