>> Saturday, July 12, 2008
I posted this:
I had decided that it might be interesting to put my notes about my books on a blog. It would be a fun thing for me to have as a record and maybe a link to give to a few friends when they asked if I had any book recommendations.
I wasn’t sure exactly where this book blog was headed, but I’ve certainly had a great time on the journey for the past two years.
I’ve managed to meet so many fellow readers. I was shocked at extent of the book blogging community I found. When I think of all the things that this blog has led me to the list is long. The first and most important is a whole new and expanded circle of reading friends all over the world. By getting to know other readers from their blogs and book reviews I’ve made some connections that extend beyond books and reading.
- It was fun to make some Oregon Coast restaurant recommendations for Les
- I had to giggle when seeing a lizard in the Arizona desert made me think of Bookfool
- Speaking of Bookfool – I will never review a mystery/thriller without thinking whether or not it passes “The Bookfool Test” (good without causing nightmares).
- Worrying about folks I’ve never met in person – fretting about Wendy as the California fires got closer to her home.
- I’ve even started an additional blog (The Pirate Bendy blog actually came before this one, but I’ve added Occasional Other Stuff for, well, the occasional other stuff).
But, I shoud get back to books and reading and all the things I wouldn’t have without this blog and the book blogging community.
- Reading challenges – fun, but I learned the hard way that I must limit participation to allow for sanity and my whimpulse reads.
- Yahoo book groups – TBR Challenge, A Novel Challenge and Book-A-Week. Many of you are in one or more of those groups along with me. I’m not a big participant who posts a lot in any of them, but I read all your posts and enjoy them.
- Seeing BBB (before book blogging) friends get their own book blogs started and join in the fun.
- Recommendations, reviews and comments from so many different people. When that connection is made and I find someone who loves/hates some of the same books I do, it gives their reviews and recommendations that much more weight. It’s so much more meaningful than a random review on Amazon or Barnes & Noble, because it’s a review from someone who I know a little better as a reader by knowing some of their likes and dislikes.
Of course, I should probably mention that there’s also the time I spend not reading my books now because I’m reading all your blogs. That list of blogs that are in my Google feed reader over there on the right is what keeps me busy online nearly every day. If your blog is on that list, I’m reading it. I may not comment a lot, but I’m reading.
If you’re reading this – thanks! I never expected you to be here, but I’m really glad you are. You're a great big bunch of enablers and I love you for it.
As for why I haven’t posted any new review in a while, it’s because I’m about halfway through Queen Victoria: A Personal History. It’s a bit of a chunkster and will take me a while, but it’s interesting and I’m enjoying it.