For the second straight day I’ve been tagged for a meme. This time by Dewey at the hidden side of a leaf. Here they are in no particular order…
1. Comments, or, blogs are a great way to have a discussion. I love getting comments because it not only means that people are reading but also that I have provoked a response. In addition, I often get to see the other side of a topic that I hadn’t considered. Or maybe I had considered it but never thought to put it into words. I have noticed that many of my commenters are more intelligent than me so I get to learn.
2. It is a challenge. I dread writing reviews for books because it’s difficult for me. I want to write something intelligent and thoughtful about what I’ve read. Sometimes I’m not sure I’ve grasped the material enough to do that. But when I do write a review that I feel is pretty good it gives me a lot of satisfaction.
3. It causes me to think more about what I’m reading. This ties back to the writing of reviews. Because I know I will be writing about each book I read I have to think about it. I find myself analyzing what I read a lot more now. And I believe that books should make us think, we should learn from them.
4. Helps to keep track of what I’ve read. It all started with my keeping track of the books I read starting this year in an Excel spreadsheet. A blog was one more way I could track the books I have read or wanted to read. But also do it in a more in depth way than just using a spreadsheet.
5. I wanted a way to get some of my thoughts out there. This is the third blog I’ve tried. The other two died quick deaths. The two previous blogs were basically just me ranting. Blogging about books allowed me to be more positive, but serious at the same time. Having commenters and a whole litblogging community has helped me keep going this time so I thank you very much!
Seriously, I thank all of you who visit!