I promise I’ll have a book review for you very soon – honest! Until then, I thought I’d natter about something that occurred to me the other day. This was after I’d commented on Jane’s best of 2014 post which she styled as A Box of Books for 2014, and her reply to me.
I said, “Your box is delightful – a super concept, and chock-full of wonderful reading – the only one I’ve read is Jonathan Strange, but I’ve enjoyed reading your reviews of all the others and am sure I’ll read some of them in the future.”
Jane replied, “That’s one of the joys of blogging – I’ve enjoyed lots of your reviews of books I might like but may not have time to read in a single lifetime.”
Jane and I don’t often read the same books. She is one of many bloggers who review books that I will probably never read myself, but I do get a lot of pleasure from reading her reviews. This is also the case for many of the blogs in my blogroll on the sidebar, (plus many others in my bookmarks and reader).
This vicarious pleasure helps me to get to know authors before I read them, learn a lot about what they wrote (very good for quizzes!) and, perhaps most importantly helps me to decide whether I may want to read the books in question. This naturally extends to all those blogs whose authors read more of the same books as me, (again, lots on the sidebar).
Getting to know another blogger’s personality from the books they read and how they write about them is a wonderful thing. And then you can explore their own blogrolls and discover even more wonderful blogs full of interesting people writing interesting things about interesting books and authors.
Exploring the book-blogosphere can be rather like discovering an ‘Unknown Unknown’ in a bookshop (see here).
I realise that I’m digressing from an initial point of vicariously exploring and enjoying books I know I won’t read through other bloggers’ writing about them, into a celebration of book-bloggers in general, but what the heck – I think we all need a pat on the back sometimes.
So – Thank you to all the bloggers who provide me with hours of wonderful reading about their own worlds of books and who inspire and educate my own reading.
Here’s to a great year of reading – both books and blogs!