Hi! I’m back! Though I have to tell you that taking a week-long break from blogging made me realize just how much time and energy I devote to this. It was weird (and wonderful) to free up so much time in my day. One can read a lot of books, watch actual movies and do all sorts of things when you take a blogging break. It made me realize a few things:
- I need to take blogging breaks more often.
- I need to relax about the “pace” of blogging. This means posting only when I want to, not worrying about keeping up with memes, not stressing about having a long list of books that haven’t been reviewed, and not feeling that I have to leave a comment on EVERY post I read on other people’s blogs.
Although I still enjoy blogging very much and don’t plan on stopping, I realized that it is a time-consuming hobby. And, with summer vacation looming over me, I know that I will have to be scaling back anyway. So expect less frequents posts, fewer comments from me (though I’ll still be reading your blogs), and a more relaxed and lackadaisical blogging approach. Do you ever go through this in your own blogging lives?
Now for some (long delayed) giveaway winners:
- Erin from Erin Reads won The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde
- Heather from Raging Bibliomania won Complications by Atul Gawande.
Congrats, Erin and Heather! If you didn’t win this month, stay tuned for the May Giveaway coming up soon.
During my little break, I watched 127 Hours starring James Franco. Wow! That was one intense movie! Although I pretty much watched the whole “cutting off of the arm” part by peeking through my fingers, I was just blown away by the whole story. I plan on reading the book now to get more details. I thought the director, Danny Boyle, made some really interesting choices in how he told the story. The whole movie had this weird groovy strange vibe that really worked for me. Have you seen it? What did you think?
I’m currently watching Into the Wild, which is sucking me in as well. (It makes an interesting companion to 127 Hours.) I really loved Jon Kraukauer’s book (on which the movie is based), and I think the movie version is doing an excellent job telling the story.
Those of you who have followed this blog for awhile know that I’ve had problems with my hair in the past. Well, I think I found a new hairstylist who will work wonders for me. She is a bit of a bird brain but she has an unique approach that I found refreshing.