How Blogging has Changed Me

In the midst of reading and reviewing a book last week, I noticed that although I’ve only been blogging for 3 months, just about everything involving my reading habits has undergone a dramatic shift. From the types of books I read/enjoy, to how I read, to what defines “good,” I find the reader I was before blogging to be nearly unrecognizable.

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My Journey with The Giving Tree

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein is a children’s book about the love between a tree and her boy. The great thing about this book is that it’s not just a simple children’s book.  It transcends generations.  From a toddler hearing it from his or her parents to a parent reading it to their child, The Giving Tree is one of those books that holds different meaning for every single reader that picks it up, depending on what stage they are experiencing in life.  I wrote a short post about this book as part of my 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge, which made me think about it more and made me want to have a more in-depth discussion. Continue reading

Sometimes I Feel Like A Fraud.

Last week, I read and reviewed The Bronte Plot by Katherine Reay. In reading the book and writing the review, I got to thinking. So much of the backbone of the book focuses around the lives and works of the Bronte sisters (thus the title), and while I really enjoyed reading it, I felt at such a disadvantage because I’ve never read anything by any of the Brontes.  Ok, I may have read Wuthering Heights….like 10 years ago….and I’m not 100% sure that I finished it. Continue reading

My Blog is NOT a Hobby! (Rant)

Hobby:

1. an activity or interest pursued for pleasure or relaxation and not as a full-time occupation


 

That’s the dictionary.com definition of “hobby.”  Ok, fine, maybe by this definition, blogging technically is a hobby.  But, does anybody else get that little obnoxious tick when somebody refers to your blog as a hobby?  I talk about my blog a lot.  It comes up in almost every conversation, and everything I read or see on the internet instantly inspires some kind of blog-related thought.  On more than one occasion, some well meaning friend or family member has said something along the lines of “it’s so nice that you have a hobby” or “your new hobby sounds like so much fun!”  To be honest, although I know they’re trying to be nice, it kinda makes me want to punch them (lightly, and rarely in the face). Continue reading

Baltimore Book Festival Recap

It was gray, gloomy, and threatening to rain all day. Parking was miserable (to say the least,) and let’s face it, the Baltimore Inner Harbor isn’t the most picturesque or cleanest thing to look at even on the nicest of days (as evidenced by the dead turtle that washed up and drew a lot of disgusted on-lookers).
Despite all the tick-marks against it, I had a fabulous time at the Baltimore Book Festival and it was well worth the headaches. I didn’t get to do nearly everything I wanted to do (the words with strangers board was looking pretty awesome!), but who really accomplishes their entire itinerary at these things? I did, however get to attend the two events that I absolutely HAD to go to and have been looking forward to since they were announced. The first being “Wes Moore, The Work: My Search for a Life That Matters” and the second being “Young Adult Fiction: Fantastic Tales for Teens (And Grown Ups, Too!)” Continue reading