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Catching Up and New Directions

Over the latter part of 2013 I spent less time writing reviews for my blog. I had some other things going on that demanded my time (how dare they), and then because the habit of blogging slipped it was harder to get back into it. I've been thinking about reading and writing as activities quite a lot recently; about what stories mean to me, how I interpret them and use them in my everyday life, and what writing about those thoughts adds to my experience. I've been thinking about those things in a wider sense as well as my personal reactions because story-telling is becoming increasingly important to my thesis research.

All this thinking has led me towards wanting to use my blog slightly differently. Rather than only putting up fully formed book reviews I'd like to use it as more of a reading journal. Sometimes when reviewing a book I find it difficult to do it justice because I'm desperately trying to avoid giving away any details that could be considered spoilers. I might now include more discussion about themes and details that seem vital to me or that made an impact on my reading experience  - BUT I will ALWAYS clearly indicate where I'm straying into spoiler territory.

I'm thinking about posting more succinct comments too, whilst I'm reading a book or as soon as I've finished it, to note down my immediate impressions. That way, even if I an unable to write a proper review I've still got a reference to each book I read.

I'll still write my reviews as before too, in fact I have a stack to catch up with, which I'll post in between the other blogs. I enjoy writing reviews, it's something I've been doing off and on ever since little school when we used to write book reports!
Camille Corot, Young Girl Reading, c.1868 (WikiFileSource)
What has become increasingly clear to me is that I cannot function without stories. Reading is a physical and emotional need for me, and a day without a book in it somewhere is not a good day. But, more than that is the desire to understand all the ways in which we tell stories to ourselves and each other; how they are formed, how they are transmitted and received, what we do with them, and how we use them to make sense of the world. I've got a lot more thinking to do.

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