I treasure books. Everything about them: the feel in my hand, the smoothness of the pages, and the smell. I love to buy books. I enjoy the way they look on my bookshelves. And when I buy them, I have every intention of reading them, because that is also something I enjoy.
When I first started this blog back around 2011, I had the idea to read through my own home library, discovering the books I had purchased but had yet to read. I shared my journey here, under the title Conquering My Collection, and I did pretty well working my way through. But I got distracted by library books, comics, and life. My focus switched when I had my son, and I began blogging about our life on my personal blog, Scrawling Consciousness. For nearly two years, I wrote daily until I decided to take it to a more personal level and keep a handwritten journal for him. That’s when I took a break from writing in general.
But reading and writing have always been such a big part of my life. It’s a big part of who I am. And when I’m not doing it, something feels off. For a while now, I have been tinkering around with ideas for novels, trying to flush them out, and even writing a few scenes. I’ve been reading more and making time every night to do so. But, it’s not enough. I want to write a book. I want to talk about others’ books. So how do I do that?
Even though I never made much of a dent in my home library, the idea still inspires me to read and talk about what I am reading. Writing on this blog keeps me motivated to write, even if I am struggling with my novel. Doing them in tandem will help me feel like I have something that is my own, an accomplishment of my hard work that I can track and manage, which is hard to do as a stay-at-home-mother (which by the way, is the best job in the world).
So, while I’m still trying to Conquer My Collection, I’ll be writing about anything book related, and you’ll also get some personal notes about me as I work on my novel and attempt to pursue a career in books.