Monday....musings? August 28
We went camping this weekend, and it was really perfect; I finished Ship Fever which was unbelievable. I love historical short fiction in a way I don't always love short fiction generally -- and while a few of Barrett's stories were too neat, the titular story was un-believable. I'm currently in the throes of Damon Galgut's Arctic Summer, which was a free range reading find, and now confirms I'm just going to browse the library or catalog subject index until a title or book cover catches my attention. (I'm still struggling to finish Middlemarch for my 9/21 bookclub!)
Inspired by Andi of Estella's Revenge, I'm starting to think a little more -- creatively -- about what I want to do with this blog, and what I want from it. I still want to track and reflect on my reading, but i might try less formal reviews (and as I'm doing less book tours, that won't impact things there). I'm really intrigued by the idea of vlogging but am self-conscious, so we'll see what happens. Ultimately, I'm craving connection and feeling like I'm not there right now -- neither giving nor getting -- and I can't tell if book blogging is just not the place for it/me or if I'm just not doing it right. (I don't mean "right" but, you know, right-in-a-manner-that-invites-connection-and-community.)
For a variety of reasons, while I'm still passionate for historical fiction, I feel pretty disconnected from the community -- my major work conference overlaps the Historical Novel Society's conference, so I can't really attend -- and the low-grade drama that exists around book reviewing has really exhausted me that I'm skittish about working with new-to-me authors.
TL;DR: biographical novel about E.M. Forster's thwarted attempts at gay love is so good; blog not so good; tarot a forgotten favorite. How do you keep book blogging fun and nurture the community you've found?