So it’s been nine months since I posted. Sounds about right. I knew when I started this blog that I wouldn’t schedule posts for three times a week and that there would probably be months between posts. I didn’t mean for it to be almost a year.
In my defense, I work two jobs, and my mom died last year. But really I just kind of forgot about my blog. In fact, the only reason I am writing this entry is because I was inspired by this post at Mary Had a Little Book Blog.
I like Twitter. With the exception of now following all the rogue/resistance accounts, much of what I follow is book-related. I go to book events often, and I see the same people at many of them. I have become at least acquaintances with a few, am annoyed by some, and never spoken to others. (This is just my personality. As much as I want to be Leslie Knope, a large part of me is April Ludgate.)
I get promoting a book that you LOVED. (Capital, bold, underlined – I don’t have the option to underline, so italicized – loved.) But often the books that are shoved down our throats also have huge publishers behind them and huge promotional campaigns. With what’s going on with the NYT list right now, shouldn’t we be promoting lesser known books?
I am always late to the party. I don’t have/do the newest things. For heaven’s sake, I still haven’t seen Fantastic Beasts! I just finished Six of Crows a few days ago! That’s one reason why I titled my blog “I’ll Read it Later.” Chances are I’ll never focus on a book that just came out or has not been released yet. One reason is that I am not cool enough or in the know enough to be on publisher’s lists for ARCs. Another reason is that it’s so hard for me to decide what to read next, and I have to be in a certain mood for things. The amount of memoirs I have read/listened to in the last year is astonishing. In fact, My Lady Jane finally brought me back to YA and fiction in general because, while I love, love, LOVE YA, I was getting burnt out. (And yes, MLJ is backed by a big publisher, but it really was funny. Listen to the audio if you like that sort of thing. It made me smile/laugh many times. Very much a feel-good book.)
I’m not a big blog. I don’t post often (obviously), and when I do post, I have like, one reader. Hi, Cassie! But as I chose “Love” as my word for 2017, and as we all know with everything that’s going on, we can use a little more love in the world, I am going to try to post more about books I love(d). Books that have been out for a little while or maybe didn’t get that much press. (That’s my goal, at least. Basically it depends on what I read.)
I’m fortunate in that I get to teach high school seniors. (I teach dual-enrollment college English.) I’ve discussed books with my reader students, and I want to find out what actual teens are reading. So maybe I will post about books that they love. Maybe we can recommend books to each other more. Maybe we can gush more about books we love without being overbearing about it.