A Book Review Blog

Category: retrospective

Return of the New Year and Birthday Retrospective

So, another year of blogging. It’s been a busy year, compared to 2011, so I haven’t had the chance to read anywhere near as many books; at the same time though, I think I read more door-stopper books, so it probably even out more.

In terms of change, I think that has been more apparent in my non-book-related life: I started my last year of university, bringing with it the dreaded dissertation, for one thing. For another, I got engaged recently, so now I have to start acting like a grown-up; while I’m happy about this turn, it does feel weird and kind of daunting.

This year, the blog will probably be very slow during the first five-six months while I finish university, but I’m hoping to increase my output in the second half of the year: by then I will either have a job, in which case I’ll read on public transport, or I will be unemployed and thus have more time. I really hope it’s the former, I have a wedding to fund. I’m thinking I might post monthly Top 10 lists on various book-related topics as well, so I’m hoping that works out.

So, I hope everyone has had a wonderful new year, and if anyone has any suggestions or comments about the blog then you are more than welcome to let me know in the comment section below.

Signing out,

New Year and Birthday Retrospective

As of yesterday, this blog is one year old. Considering this, and the fact that it’s now 2012, I decided to take a look back at what I’ve already done with the site and maybe look forward to consider what other changes could be implemented.

At the beginning of 2011, this site reviewed books chapter by chapter, in order to capture what I considered to be the most interesting of reactions, that of the initial, ignorant reader. As of six months ago, this is no longer the format, for a few reasons. Firstly, there was the factor that I mentioned when the format change went up at first, that of many chapters not containing particularly interesting events or concepts about which I could discuss. Secondly, I realised that some parts of a narrative can only be appreciated as a whole, after you’ve read the entire novel and then reflected on it. Finally, there is the factor that sometimes a book is better appreciated after a few days or a second reading, should there be enough time for it.

Since the format switch, it has been a more traditional review blog as it has focused on the whole book within a review. A much preferable system, if I say so myself. If I can get through more of my TBR list, I’m happy. So really I have no real complaints or points to bring up here.

I guess what I’d like to consider for the future would be the kinds of things that get brought up in reviews or whether it would be worth me writing other book-based features, like Top 5 countdowns or the like. If anyone has any suggestions, then I would love to hear them.

Until then, have a Happy New Year and I hope to hear from you.

Signing off,

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