Wednesday, January 8, 2014

I'm Back!

I have a confession to make: I have been seriously slaking off with the whole blogging deal. I suppose you've already realized that, it's pretty darn obvious. I don't really have an excuse, either - I've just been lazy, and that's all that I can say. I cringed when I realized that my last post was from October, which seems like years and years ago now.
I used to read through my blogger feed every day, but I began to do that less and less, too. Today, when I sat down and finally caught up with all my favorite blogs, I couldn't believe how therapeutic it felt. Blogging was something that I had missed so much, without even realizing it. Not just writing on my own blog, but reading other people's blogs, too: one of the things that surprised me most when I started blogging was the community. I was amazed at how friendly and kind everyone was - getting a nice comment from a fellow blogger is a terrific feeling. Reading through my favorite blogs, I began to worry: what if everyone else thinks I've gone stagnate? Will I be able to slip back into the flow?  I decided to start blogging again, once and for all, no excuses!
I've also decided to cut back on the book reviews and make my blog a bit more personal. Lately, I haven't been reading as many books as I would like, and that's been one of the main reasons why I'm having trouble blogging.
For a quick review, I have been reading some really great fantasy novels lately. I binged on Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy over winter break, listening to the audiobooks constantly. The plot and the premise is so deeply engrossing and philosophical, it's hard to pull away. The books are incredibly rich and well - written, and I'd highly recommend them unless you're religious and easily offended - the series deal with some major religious issues.
Book cover porn - the covers for the Hebrew editions of the trilogy are gorgeous. I love the art nouveau style.  Link
I've also been reading Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrel, and I must admit - it's terrific. The book is over 1,000 pages long, but I'm slowly plodding through it and loving every word.

I never got the chance to wish my followers Happy Holidays, but I hope everything went well. This year was really special for me, with lots of time spent with family and friends. My Christmas was wonderful, and I got some really great gifts. As for the new year, I'm pretty excited. 2013 had a lot of ups and downs for me, so I'm hoping 2014 will run more smoothly. As corny as it may be, I have a great deal of faith in fresh starts.