Hi there. I should be writing longer, better posts right now, but I’m procrastinating once again, so today’s post will be fairly short.
Also, I have more scholarship application essays to write, so I need to spend time on those instead. Joy.
Also, it’s been snowing so much here that the power was just knocked out, so today’s writing time is limited because eventually my computer’s battery will run out. Joy.
Anyway, today I have a question for all of you. A question about… books. OF COURSE.
I write a lot of posts about books. Not enough to make me a full-fledged book blogger, but
still a lot. The thing is, I don’t often talk about books I read a while ago. Books I read before I started blogging almost four and a half years ago.
I post reviews of books I read recently – books that were usually published quite recently – and I write lots and lots of lists and other short, light-hearted, fandomy book posts. Fandom/list posts allow me to talk a little bit about some of the books I read and loved years and years ago, but I don’t feel like I really get to talk about them, if you know what I mean. I mention them only in passing.
So my question is: Would anyone be interested in review-ish posts about those books? Actually, I doubt they’d even be formal reviews – some might even be lists! But I would talk about a particular book during the ENTIRE post, not just as one-tenth of a top ten list.
The reason I’m asking is that, well, hardly any of the books I think I’d like to talk about are current. I’d love to talk about them, but will anyone actually read a post about a book that was published in 2005? New books get all the hype, and that’s completely understandable.
I guess I’m just not really a must-read-all-the-new-books-NOW kind of person. Never have been, really. Sure, I read some, but I’m not nearly as on top of things as some of my blogging friends!
Furthermore, Jamie @ The Perpetual Page-Turner – one of the bloggers I look up to – has a similar feature on her blog. It’s called Before I Blogged I Read and… well, I don’t know. It made me think, “Oh, I should try something similar on my own blog – if anyone would actually read it.”
Well, let me know what you think. I’ve been turning this idea over in my mind for a little while now, because I went to the library’s used-book sale and bought more than thirty books for less than ten bucks. YAY!
I picked up quite a few books I’ve never read before: The Lost Conspiracy by Frances Hardinge, almost all of the Charlie Bone books by Jenny Nimmo, and The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford, among others. (I also own approximately 1.5 books with Actual Lesbians now. Bless you, Julie Anne Peters.)
But I also found quite a few of my favorites: Millicent Min, Girl Genius by Lisa Yee, some of Terry Pratchett’s books, some of Richard Peck’s books, a really nicely illustrated edition of Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, and best of all, The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer. (OMG READ IT READ IT IT’S A YA DYSTOPIAN SET IN MEXICO. I meant to merely skim through it last night, but ended up rereading the entire book in one long sitting. I’ve wanted my own copy for ages.)
And as you can probably guess from that last sentence, I get REALLY EXCITED about these books. I want to fangirl about them! I want to find other people who liked these books, especially some of the lesser-known ones. I want to write posts about those books so that I can convince you to try them, even though they’re the not the latest thing… even if they’re not what “everyone” is talking about right now. But I just don’t know if anyone would actually be interested in that.
I’m signing off now, so TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK, PEOPLES. And if you live somewhere that is currently very cold and/or snowy, stay safe. I’ve seen, like, only ten cars drive past my house today, and it’s already noon. (As I write this, that is. I have no idea when this post will be published because we don’t have Internet right now, either. Gah. #teenproblems) So long, and thanks for all the fish.
P.S. My Superbowl prediction is… Ireland will win, but Krum will get the Snitch.