The arrival of February sees the end of my first book challenge and the beginning of my second so I thought it would be appropriate to write a brief post about my first month as a book blogger.
When I first started my blog, my initial idea was to write a book review for every day of 2012; thankfully I soon saw sense and scaled back my quest. I’ve spent the last 31 days reviewing some of my very favourite books, a challenge that has not only been enjoyable, but one that has also whet my appetite for re-reading some of the titles I featured. When I wrote the review for Killing Me Softly by Nicci French, despite not having read it for at least five years, I instantly recalled intimate details of the book and was reminded just why it’s one of my all time favourite books. And I had such great feedback for The Great Gatsby, ultimately one of the most popular titles I featured, that it made me want to read it all over again and be transported back to the wonderful and wild jazz era of America in the 1920s. It’s been a great way of recalling some of the titles that have been instrumental in my reading life; from much-loved classics including Of Mice and Men, to the lesser-known tales that despite their anonymity still hold a special place in my heart.
And thus begins February’s book blogger challenge: to read five books from the BBC’s Big Read; a challenge I will face head on and hope to conquer by the end of the month. As always my reading challenge will be chronicled here so watch this space…
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