Monday, March 29, 2010

Once Upon a Time IV Challenge

Artwork, The Queen, by Melissa Nucera. Check out her Etsy shop, This Years Girl.

Yes, it's that wonderful time of year again. The flowers are blooming, trees are blossoming, the sun is shining, and readers are coming together to celebrate fantasy, folklore and mythology courtesy of Carl V. of Stainless Steel Droppings. The old me surely would have signed up for the high-achieving "Quest the Third (or Fourth)", but this year I'm going for "The Journey"--at least one book and maybe more, but only if that's the way the magic happens. I have a brand new copy of Guy Gavriel Kay's Tigana that I plan to delve into and savor. I know one shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but I have high hopes based on this one:

Happy Spring Reading!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

New blog name, new layout, new vision...

Hello, out there! I know I'm very much under the radar since I decided to quit blogging, so I don't even know if this will get read.

Quitting was a really smart thing for me to do, because after my time off, I think I now believe that I can keep up my blog in a super laid back way and be okay with it. I tend to be a little compulsive about "completeness" and feel the need to review every single book I read or life as I know it will end. But not anymore! I am reinventing myself!

In honor of the "new me, " I thought it would be a good idea to abandon the connotation of addiction that the name "ChainReading" suggests. Book clutter is what I happily see when I look around my house (and car). I usually have 4-6 books I'm reading at once, all not-so strategically placed so I can at least find one of them at any given time. (I did a Google search and did not see any other blogs with this name. If anyone knows differently, let me know.) Posting will be very clutterish as well--randomly posting when I have something to say and/or time to say it!

I also have a new layout, which only came about as a result of my daughter taking her first driving lesson. I don't know if I was more scared of her getting into an accident, or concerned that she was going to be in a car with a strange man for two hours. Needless to say, I needed a distraction, and playing around with my completely inactive blog seemed to do the trick.

I should mention reading challenges. I have still been reading many blogs, and I see the oh-so-tantalizing challenges that are introduced out there. I will not be joining most of them. I do think I will have more luck with this than with giving up junk food. I hope . . .

A lot of course will be the same as before. A low level of technology. General ignorance of stats. Appreciation for comments.

And a passion for reading.

Wow, it feels good to write this! Hopefully I'll do it again soon.