Feature and Follow Friday (3)

Feature and Follow Friday is a meme hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee.  It’s a blog hop–a way to connect with other bloggers and make new friends.  This week’s featured blogs are Book Liaison and Angela’s Anxious Life.  So far, all four blogs seem pretty nifty, so if you haven’t checked them out, you should (assuming you have time to putz around on the Internet, that is…)

In addition to featuring a blog, the meme also asks participants to answer a question, and this week the question is: “What do you hope to accomplish with your blog? Is it to one day become an author yourself, just for fun, maybe get some online attention, or maybe something very different?”

Why in the world do I take time every week to tell the Internet what I think about life and romance novels?  Put like that, it seems very silly.  The thing is, I love to read.  I love it so much that I rarely allow myself the time to reflect on what I’ve read, what I thought about it, what new ideas it sparked, what new fragments of self it brought into existence.  Instead, my habit is to start a new book seconds after finishing the last, and that’s not best.  If one chooses, one can experience a book, taste and savor it rather than devouring it.  The purpose of this blog is to provide a space wherein I can discuss the books I read and, perhaps, learn a little something from the experience.  All that is my primary focus, but I also get a kick out of recommending books that I love (because books are meant to be read) and talking about these books with other people.

The fact is, I don’t have any close friends who like to read romance novels.  One of my friends actually gets kind of angry that I’m squandering my mental powers on such smutty reading material (or something like that), so I can’t talk about this part of my life with her.  It sucks.  I’m sure a lot of us have discovered that the Internet provides a glorious opportunity to meet people who share similar tastes (without a lot of the awkwardness attendant on face-to-face contact), and it’s been one of the great by-products of this blog.  Through my conversations with the folks I’ve met, I’ve been able to find quite a few new-to-me authors whose works I love, and I’ve had a heck of a lot of fun talking about these books in comments and emails and on Twitter.  It turns out I can make new friends (who knew?!).

So if the first paragraph describes why I started Reading with Analysis, the second paragraph describes why I continue.

I’m on WordPress, so the following options, should you choose to follow me, are somewhat limited.  I am no closer to discovering the mysteries of the RSS feed than I was the last time I participated in this meme, mostly because I have put zero effort into that endeavor……  In the meantime, if you’d like to follow me and are not also on WordPress, please do so by email, or you can follow me on Twitter.  Happy Friday!

Feature and Follow Friday (2)

Update: By the way, congratulations to everyone who made it here from the blog hop linky even though I didn’t fill out the form correctly.  The name of this blog is Reading with Analysis, and I need to wear my glasses more often.  Cheers – and enjoy your stay!

Feature and Follow Friday is a meme hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee.  It’s a blog hop–a way to connect with other bloggers and make new friends.  This week’s featured blogs are Alisa from Books Are My Reality and Concise Book Reviews.  If you haven’t checked these blogs out yet, you should (assuming you have time to putz around on the Internet, that is…).

In addition to featuring a blog, the meme also asks participants to answer a question, and this week the question is: “What is/was your favorite required summer reading (in school)?” 

I loved Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton.  Actually, I still love it and reread it every few years.  My copy has all these angsty comments written in the margins, and it’s fun to see how much I’ve changed over the years (and how much I haven’t, as the case may be).  When I was in high school, I had this fascination with the grittier side of humanity, so this story of human nature gone awry really appealed to me.  As an adult, I enjoy this story because it is beautiful and tragic, occasionally transcendent, and because the lines that arrested me as a child still have that power now that I am an adult.  If you haven’t yet read it, you should.

I’m on WordPress, so the following options, should you choose to follow me, are somewhat limited.  I’ve been trying to figure out the mysteries of the RSS feed but no cigar just yet.  In the meantime, if you’d like to follow me, please do so by email, or you can follow me on Twitter.  Happy Friday!

Feature and Follow Friday

Feature and Follow Friday is a meme hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee.  It’s a blog hop–a way to connect with other bloggers and make new friends.  This week’s featured blogs are Head Stuck In A Book and Books and Blossoms.  So far, all four blogs seem pretty nifty, so if you haven’t checked them out, you should (assuming you have time to putz around on the Internet, that is…)

In addition to featuring a blog, the meme also asks participants to answer a question, and this week the question is: “If you could “unread” a book, which one would it be? Is it because you want to start over and experience it again for the first time? Or because it was THAT bad?”  

I’ve already posted this week about how much I would like to un-read Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy, but it seems lame to me to answer the meme question with a post I wrote a few days ago…  So, if I could un-read a book, I would choose The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami.  It’s an amazing book–mysterious and creepy–and if not for one particular scene, I’d be happy to read it again and again (rather than deleting it from my mind).  But I’m a total pansy, and ten years after I read the book, I still occasionally have nightmares about this one scene.  If you’ve read the book, I’m pretty sure you know what I’m talking about.  I really wish that scene could be removed from my head.  I’m sick of reliving it.

I’m on WordPress, so the following options, should you choose to follow me, are somewhat limited.  I’ve been trying to figure out the mysteries of the RSS feed but no cigar just yet.  In the meantime, if you’d like to follow me, please do so by email, or you can follow me on Twitter.  Happy Friday!