My fourth blogiversary is coming up later on this week and I have to tell you how strange it is that I’m still blogging. When I first started blogging back in April of 2007, I started because I needed a place to talk about books. I didn’t know anyone who read as much as I did. I still don’t know anyone off-line who does. I googled a few search terms about books and all of these blogs popped up. I remember finding Maggie’s Southern Reading challenge and becoming so excited about finding not only other bookworms but reading challenges also!
My first posts weren’t about books but everyday life – getting a bad haircut or some of my favorite words. Slowly I started to write about books (I still cringe at some of my first reviews). I started making blogger friends and the rest is history. Like all hobbies, I’ve had some ups and downs with blogging but it has been so rewarding. I found people I wouldn’t have known otherwise and books that might have taken me years to find if I hadn’t started blogging.
With that said, I think this is probably my last year of blogging. I’ve been thinking about it for the past six months and the idea of not blogging isn’t going away. A few years away writer Gretchen Rubin (The Happiness Project) wrote about drifting– the decisions we make by not deciding – or the absence of feeling as though what we’re doing is “right”. For awhile now I’ve been feeling like I’m drifting when it comes to almost every aspect of my life – being a college student, blogging, even reading. I don’t know what’s going on but I think this year might be the year to take a break from everything and figure out what I want. I have no idea what’s ahead for me but I’m open to change.
Since this might be my last blogiversary, I’m hoping to host a giveaway. Look out for a post in a few days.
With the read-a-thon behind us, how are you all feeling? Thank you to everyone wishing me well when I had my yearly read-a-thon hangover. My migraine went away a few days later and I was so relieved. With my break away from blogging, I read and re-read several books: Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones, Three Shadows by Cyril Pedrosa, The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan, Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge along with a dozen picture books. I loved them all for different reasons.
Right now I’m reading Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin. It’s translated from the Korean by Chi-Young Kim. I have to say that this translation is so beautiful! I’m only thirty pages in and I’m already recommending it. You need to add it to your Goodreads or LibraryThing profile, place it on hold at your local library, or buy it now.
So that’s what I’m up to, what are you reading today?