I started Lakeside Musing seven months ago to share "thoughts on books and life from here by the lake". Not sure exactly where I was going or what my focus would be, I wrote posts about food and recipes, weather, travel, and the lake in addition to posts on books and reading (which I figured would, eventually, end up taking center stage).
In the past several months, I have settled into a somewhat comfortable blogging routine. Late last winter, I rediscovered short stories and started participating in Short Story Monday. I joined The Sunday Salon two months ago. Booking Through Thursday is always fun and I seem to have fallen into the habit of posting a book review on Fridays. Occasionally, I do a Library Loot post, play along with Teaser Tuesdays, or highlight my book club meeting.
This leads me to my question. How many books does it take to be a book blogger? Is there a magic number to strive for? In the best of times, I rarely read more than one book per week. Now, with all the usual demands on my time plus a new-found interest in blogging and reading blogs, I'm struggling to maintain that 'best of times' pace. Is one book review and one short story review per week enough? Will people notice/care if it's less than that?
I'm not a very fast reader to begin with. My college-aged daughter says the problem is that I read everything closely. "Don't you ever skim, Mom?", she has asked more than once. For that reason, really chunky books have become intimidating since I started blogging. I'd also love to join in with some of the recent extended reading projects, but I'm afraid I won't get anything else read.
I suppose the answer is that since I'm blogging mainly for myself, I should not feel pressured to post anything at all. But, it just seems to be part of my personality to keep striving to improve on this blogging hobby. So, thanks for taking the time to read my ramble. I'm curious to hear your thoughts on this.
Finally, I'd like to share one of the highlights of my week. Becky, from One Literature Nut..., has presented me with the Literary Blogger Award. It is described as:
...an award which acknowledges bloggers who energize and inspire reading by going the extra mile! These amazing bloggers make reading fun, and enhance the delight of reading!
Becky, who is much-deserving of this award herself, features wonderful reviews (like her most recent on The Inheritance of Loss) and other reading-related posts. Her blog is on my 'must read daily' list!
I'd like to pass this award on to:
Jackie at Farm Lane Books
Matt at A Guy's Moleskin Notebook
Claire at Kiss a Cloud
They review so many wonderful books, and have lead me to several I may not have found on my own. They've also caused some significant growth in both my tbr pile and list! If you don't already know these bloggers, I urge you to stop by and say hello.
I hope you all enjoy the rest of the weekend and are able to carve out some time for reading!