But, with the end of 2010 comes the promise of 2011, and the promise of new books to be read, discussed and discovered. That’s such an exciting prospect! When I started my blog, it wasn’t even a book blog. Sure, I’d post on the occasional novel I’d been reading, but mostly I wrote posts chronicling my thoughts. My life. Yawn. Much better to talk about a common theme with those who love it as deeply as I do.
Then, when I’d nicely established myself on Blogger, I got bored and hopped over to WordPress. For my year long stay there I met wonderful bloggers I hadn’t known, but I felt like I lost touch with many of my blogging friends from Blogger. I got frustrated with stats In My Face every time I opened my dashboard; I decided to hop back over to Blogger where I’m staying.
In the process, I’ve gone from reviewing books that only I chose, to books that I chose specifically for a challenge, to books that an author or publisher had requested I review. I’m swinging back the pendulum now, rather like teaching, to return to where I started: reading mostly what I want when I want to read it. Hmmm, sounds a bit selfish, but it is, afterall, my blog. It is my not unlimited reading time.
I want to read all the rest of my Murakami novels. Own them all, have read only about a third. I want to read the books my main book club selected: Lucy, Astrid and Veronika, Out Stealing Horses, Confederates in The Attic. I want to read short story collections, something I never do; after reading Tony‘s praise for the Oxford Book of Japanese Short Stories, and Haruki Murakami’s praise for Raymond Carver, I purchased both collections. Love them so much so far. I have a few books I’ve committed to review that seem awesome: Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand. Frank Delaney’s new book to be released in March: The Matchmaker of Kenmare.
And, don’t forget that Claire promised us a Persephone Reading Weekend for February 25th through the 27th, so mark your calendars accordingly.
Now with Christmas put away, the books come out to play. And I, for one, love this playground!