Well, I missed my 4th blogging anniversary. I have some kind of blind spot about the date, I always think it's February 11th. It's actually the 4th (ironically, this year). Even though it's almost a week late, I'm still celebrating. Last month I had one of those blogging crises that I've seen others go through. Suddenly it all felt a bit pointless, and I began to wonder if it wasn't taking too much time away from actually reading. But as I thought about shutting TBR 313 down, I kept coming back to why I started it in the first place: I needed a place to talk about what I was reading. And I still do. As much as I love visiting other people's blogs, collecting new titles & authors, joining the discussions through the comments, I still want a place for my books. Just in time for the anniversary, I have a renewed appreciation for what this space means to me.
A belated happy anniversary to Katrina, hers is the day before mine.
On another topic, we are into the second month of the TBR Dare, and though I don't want to jinx myself, I think it's going pretty well. I've read a couple of chunkster books, so the total number of books cleared so far (23) isn't as high as I'd like. (Some of those were abandoned unfinished.) And I have been buying books as well. But even before Christmas I started making myself discard one TBR book for every new one that comes in (most go to the library sale). "One in/one out" is a classic technique for clearing out and organizing, and it is certainly making me think twice about buying more books. Last year I weeded the TBR shelves pretty thoroughly, getting rid of books that no longer appealed, or what I think of as "aspirational" books ("I know I should read this book"). Those on the shelves now are books I want to read, or at least try. So bringing home a new book makes for some tough choices. I'll see how this goes, but I am encouraged. Of course I did just order two more of Anthony Trollope's novels, because the 12 I already have unread just aren't enough. At least I have some time before they arrive to decide who gets the chop in their favor. Hopefully writing about this will keep me on track - and honest!
I do however get a free pass on the new Laurie R. King book this month, the latest Mary Russell adventure, and I cannot wait. She will be the speaker at a luncheon hosted by Murder by the Book, as well as an evening signing. I may well be at both.