Writing can be many things. For some, it’s therapeutic and some people communicate best by expressing feelings on a blank piece of paper. Blogging began for me as nothing more than a place to “spread my wings” in a sense; to see how well I could get along writing by standing on my own two feet. lessons learned from the bookshelf
In this past year and a half, all of the opportunities for bloggers who are avid readers opens an entirely new vista; one that is challenging but also has become a virtual place for friends to meet and enjoy some good old fashion book talk. After “setting” into a routine of sorts, it wasn’t long before I was able to connect with some book bloggers. Then additionally find many fabulous programs for bookworms. Not only has this opened that entirely new world, it is also an excellent teaching instrument – believe it or not. Reviewing has taught me much about my reading habits – ones that I needed to confront.
Anyone who sees my Twitter timeline recently will read about the tedious process I’m working through in “weeding” out my book collection. One of the ways that I’ve found is a good test of simplifying life is to de-clutter! And trust me, I am in grave need of doing that. As my mother is so fond of saying, we need keep only the things with a proper place. Reviewing fiction has taught me that I need to – and in fact can be, more selective in what I read. Here are
some of the things now easier to objectify.
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Selection: If you are willing to look a little harder – beneath the cover, as it were – there is a really wonderful selection of books. Just taking an intense look at the Christian market, it continues to grow leaps and bounds since I was in the discovery stage over ten years ago. Janette Oke gradually transitions into Lori Wick and then I got really “brave” enough to try a suspense set of books that are “classics” of their own kind, The O’Malley series. Since then, the market has expanded. There is such a unique, all-encompassing variety nowadays. Thinking otherwise means you lump Christian fiction into one box and don’t feel as if it can be anything else but “sweet.” Trust me, it can be – and is!
Space: As said beforehand, a popular saying at my house is that you should only keep things that you have room for. If there’s no space(or if you haven’t used it in a number of years), you really don’t need it. This, I have found is truer for my fiction than I thought. There’d was a time when, stubbornly, I’d refuse to get rid of any books (they’re all loved for certain reasons). How wrong that philosophy is! It’s been a tedious, long project but in sorting through them, already I have three or four boxes full. It’s kind of a shock how “easy” this is. Never having the urge to pull out something afterwards is a great feeling. And none of them will be missed.
Selective: Before reviewing, I was of the opinion if one book by an author was good, then the rest would be equally engaging. Or because I first fell for ChristianFic through the wholesome Janette Oke stories then naturally, western and prairie fiction was
my thing. That is definitely not the case. Reviewing has made me lots more critical. But this is a good thing. Not only do I need to be accountable for reigning in which and how many novels I read, I also need to realize which genres are the “right” ones. It’s
tiring to force yourself through a book if it’s not really “connecting” with the reader; and that is something personally that no longer is appealing. Among the opportunities to try authors you may have been curious about but skeptical to try, the review programs have become a wonderful way to define which books are good and which aren’t.
What are some of the things you can claim as lessons learned from the bookshelf? ♥