Friday, January 6, 2017

Weekend reads, or, it's my 7 year blogiversary!

Well, maybe my angst about this blog isn't unfounded; perhaps I'm just having a seven-year itch!

To my surprise, I just realized that this blog is entering its 7th year! This is crazy to me as I still feel like I "just" started blogging. It seems like only a year or so ago I was staying up late trying to finish my 200th read of the year or something crazy like that! (And this year 50 was a struggle!)

Having a book blog has changed my life, which sounds like hyperbole!, I know, but it's true. Through book blogging, I've meet readers and writers who've encouraged, supported, and guided me toward taking my own novel writing seriously -- a priceless gift.

I've learned so much about the publishing industry, and have gotten incredible access to authors and publishers. And for a long while, swam in a glut of a free books.

But mostly, I've met so many incredible people through blogging: readers like me who love books. Full stop. Even better, and more precious to me, is the incredible gift of growth offered by all the book bloggers in my life. My political, emotional, social, and psychological consciousness has grown thanks to book bloggers introducing me to books, writers, and ideas that have challenged, soothed, and inspired me.

So thank you, all, for helping me become a better reader and person. I'm not sure if another 7 years is what I want or need as a reader, but I'm looking forward to this year here and what it might bring!

This weekend we'll be attending our third Moby Dick Marathon at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. It's a really incredible event that brings this behemoth alive: the mayor of New Bedford reads the chapter about New Bedford, for example, and the fiery sermon preached at the start is read at the Seaman's Bethel across the street from the museum. And this year, the opening chapter -- with its famous first line -- will be read by Herman Melville's great-great-(great?) grandson. I doubt I'll make the entire marathon, what with a two-year-old in tow, but hoping my wife -- the Moby Dick fanatic -- will have fun.

If I can find the time, this weekend I'm reading Ottessa Moshfegh's Eileen for my book club at work. I'm also wildly behind on writing my novel for the writing class I'm taking, so I seriously need to make time for that.

What are you reading this weekend?


  1. Happy Blogiversary! The Moby Dick marathon sounds like huge fun. I love tributes to good books and authors!

  2. Happy blogiversary, Audra! I always like seeing what you're reading. That sounds like a cool event. Wish I'd known about it when I was living in the area.

  3. Congratulations on 7 terrific years! I've learned a lot and met a lot of great people through my blog too.

  4. Congratulations Audra!
    The Moby Dick event sounds great. The whaling museum is one of my favorite museums. Too bad the weather's not better...

  5. Happy Blogiversary! My blog turns 7 this year, too. I agree with you about how life-changing book blogging is...or can be. So many amazing things have happened due to blogging. As for what I'm reading this weekend...I'll be at the New Bedford Whaling Museum reading some Moby Dick! I'm pretty sure I first learned about the marathon from one of your posts from the last couple years. Hope our paths cross, it would be great to meet IRL!

  6. Congratulations on seven years, that is an achievement. I've only been at it for three years, but I also value so highly how "my political, emotional, social, and psychological consciousness has grown thanks to book bloggers introducing me to books, writers, and ideas that have challenged, soothed, and inspired me." Hurrah for all of us, and may we continue to help one another grow into the future!

  7. I hope you made it to the marathon Moby-Dick reading! The snow was pretty bad on Saturday. Congratulations on 7 years! I couldn't get myself to write a post for six months, so I think I'll have to deduct half a year from my next blogaversary in June, but I missed it and the community a lot, and am glad to be back!

  8. Happy Blogiversary and enjoy that Moby Dick event!