Celebrating my three-year-blogoversary on the actual day of it would be completely out-of-character for me, so here it is, 17 days late.
I've done a bit of reflecting on this past year of blogging, which actually began as a non-blog. I said farewell in September of 2009, kept quiet (almost) for about six months, and then jumped back in again, in an earnestly laid-back way. One of the hardest things to give up was reviewing every book I read, but for the most part it's been kinda nice.
I think sometimes as book bloggers we have a bit of nostalgia for the pre-blogging days, when our reading choices were comparatively haphazard and carefree, but we also find great satisfaction in taking the time to ponder and deconstruct the heck out of a book, and then share it with anyone who will come and visit our own little spot on the net. With the way I approach my blog now, I feel like I'm getting the best of both worlds. This year, there are many books I've just read, ravaged, and then tossed aside (it almost sounds obscene!), and others I've spent more time with, taking notes, underlining, writing down thoughts, and wracking my brain to put them into quasi-coherent sentences and paragraphs. I feel a sense of accomplishment when I hit the post button, and a little bit of a high to see the published result. Does anyone else feel this way, or do I need to get a life?
The result: I've read about 100 books in 2010, and only done a full-on review for about 20. 20% (even I can do that math). In school, that's a failing grade, but for me, in real life, it's a success. It works for me, and brings me satisfaction and happiness, and I think that's what this is all about, right?
I'm grateful for those who come and visit, and I love to hear your thoughts. It gives me a warm feeling (and now I'm getting overly sentimental) and a comfort that I am not alone in my love for books.
I rarely do giveaways, but because it's a month full of celebration I thought it would be fun. I'm making it simple (and modest): a $15 dollar amazon.com gift card, to be sent by email. All you need to do is leave a comment here with your email address by December 20, and I will put your name into a hat or something and announce a winner on December 21. If you feel like it (not required), you can share with me what you find most fulfilling about your own blog. No need to be a follower or subscriber or anything. And don't tell anyone about about it, because doesn't that just decrease your odds of winning?
All the photos here are book-related scenes around my house. If you look closely, you can see dust.