I was going to be very efficient this Christmas holiday and finish my library books. I ended up indulging in a massive Chalet School reread instead. Bliss!
I’m a latecomer to the Chalet stories, only starting to collect them last January. They’re not well-known on this side of the Atlantic, but between Alibris and lovely friends who’ve sent me copies from the UK and the Bahamas, I’ve managed to amass just enough to fuel a steady obsession. I think a break from the Tiernsee is in order, however, as I spent far too long last night drafting my own Chalet book, one in which murder played a very large part.
I started this blog about 18 months ago, when I’d been laid off and found myself going a bit bonkers. Today I received an email from WordPress, showing a brief statistical breakdown for the year and where most of my readers come from (Simon and Rachel’s blogs mostly, so thanks you two). One of the things that really stuck out was how infrequently I actually posted in 2010. I read a lot, and I follow a fair number of book blogs, but don’t seem to pay much attention to my own. I’m averaging roughly one post for every 10-15 books I read. It made me pause and think about why I have this blog. I’m still not sure exactly what I’m doing here (in blogland, I mean…although the larger Here is also a bit fuzzy at times), but I like this spot and plan to muddle along for a bit longer. The content may change a bit – I tend not to post about books I read for my own research, and since I’m fundamentally lazy, I’ve even considered merging my knitting blog with this one so I only have one log-in.
I may not be around quite as much the next few weeks, though, as I got the best Christmas present ever and start my new job tomorrow. I’ll be working at a library, however, so I won’t be hurting for new blog material. I may even be let in on the secret of “librarian review”, that black hole where all the new fiction disappears.
Anyway, thank you for visiting my blog this past year. It’s been lovely, and I’m wishing all of you a very happy 2011.