I think it’s very very hard to keep up with the blogging momentum. I find these recent two years incredibly hard to read and post reviews. The funny thing is once I read, I wanted to review because I started this blog to remember what I read. I record my thoughts about a book because I want to go back one day and find out what the book is all about and what I thought about it. It’s like a book reading journal if you like. Soliciting for comments was not a primary reason why I blog but it is such a big plus when you care to share their thoughts and views with me, it makes it richer and the exchanges all the more invaluable.
I never thought I would reach a point where it feels impossible to write a review. It has been difficult but I look forward to long holidays end of this year where I could spend time here again.
What have I done and learnt in the past years?
I have hosted a reading challenge Read a myth challenge, hosted and joined several read-alongs, created a few polls, indexed all my reviews, received some appreciative awards, joined some memes, joined and read competitively for 3 years on reading challenges (achieved them all except this year!), change my blog name twice (although I am not suppose to do that, it just add on the confusion), change blog theme thrice, gave away some books to blog readers and also under the banner of World Book Night 2012, received some books from publishers and independent bloggers (not many as I don’t actively seek them out), close to 350,000 lifetime blog hits. I think I pretty much done everything that a coming of age blogger should do. 4 years of blogging is like dog years i.e. the blog is an “adult”, a mature blog.
So how does an adult normally behaves?
An adult is more responsible (in general, not always), good at multi-tasking, do not seek to be in contact frequently (proof that one by one my childhood friends have gone in my life ever since I grew up!), self-assured, secure, at peace with her environment, comfortable in her skin.
So what is in store?
Not much really. I am not going to set any competitive reading challenges for next year. I will join the party when it suits, be a spectator when schedule is tight. Write about other things as I wish, be it travel, food, daily scenes etc. Take it easy, slowing down perhaps, avoid burning out on blogging. Cull my google feeds but stay in touch with the precious selected few….
Because you, my precious selected few, has nurtured, enriched and expanded my reading life. Because of you my reading slumps have a prospect of going up, because of you, a new book that shows up on your blog rekindles the spark when I first fell in love with books, because of you I know that I will live out the rest of my life not fearing that I will run out of books to read.
For this and for those who are still here, thank you ~….
On a lighter side, I’m giving away two books. These two are put out to you not because I didn’t like it but because I have a second copy and sometimes I deliberately bought it for this annual treat. The first one is my all time favourite, the second I just finished reading it and liked it very much (review to come).
I’ll draw a name from the hat in random on the 8 December 2012. To qualify, let me know if you want to participate in the draw, which book you prefer and tell me when did you first discovered this blog (double draw entries if you can remember specifically when. ).