Friday, March 24, 2017

Classic Children's Literature Event & Other Musings



Wow. It's been a long time since I've been active on this blog. Reasons? I'm afraid I got bored. Bored with the layouts, bored with reviewing books, just bored of the online blogging life in general, though not bored with my blogging friends, I promise.

A weird side effect of going to a writer's workshop is that I suddenly lost all desire to write. No doubt my lack of inspiration was born out of fear of inadequacy, something I've always struggled with where my writing is concerned, and I let that fear mandate my online life. Not that I was ever all the active on my blog; not when you can look at any number of book blogs and find them posting 4 reviews a day. As much as I would love being able to read that many books, my 40 hour a week job requests my presence. Alas, for all those poor, unread books!

But if there's one thing I know, it's that I have always enjoyed participating in Amanda's Classic Children's Literature Event. She used to host it in January, but moved it to April, probably a wise decision since April isn't right after Christmas.

So, knowing her event is coming up has inspired me to rework my blog a little bit, changing up the layout with, what I consider to be, a much more modern and user friendly design. I feel like my blog is more comfortable, and maybe, I'm hoping, I'll be less fidgety with it. Because if there's one thing I'm guilty of, it's never being 100% pleased with end results of graphic design.

But back to the:

Classic Children's Literature Event - April 2017


Here's how the challenge works: I read as many classic children's books as I want (published pre-1967) and write a blog post about each of them. Simple!

If I want to, I can also participate in the Read-a-Long for this session, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. While I have read Carroll's book before, it's been a long time since my last re-read. To be honest, I've never been all that much of a fan simply because Carroll was a bit of nutcase in my mind. But a part of me still wants to love Wonderland, so it's a good thing for me to re-read it, keeping a little bit more of an open mind.

In the past, I've given a list of books that I intended to read. Not happening this year. I own a couple of children's classics that I'd like to read and I'll probably head over to the library the beginning of April to scour their offerings, but as to limiting myself to a list, no can do. That always seems to be where I fail the most, attempting to fulfill a list of requirements that limit my inspiration. So I'm just going to blow wherever the wind takes me this time around.

7 comments:

  1. Your summary of Alice in Wonderland is basically me, too. I find it a bit too "weird," but then I also kind of like it. Huh.

    Anyway, this sounds like a super-fun event! "...my 40 hour a week job requests my presence." Hahaha xD

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    1. Also, don't listen to those fears of inadequate writing -- you write well.

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    2. Aww, thanks, Olivia, for the encouragement, and for sharing my opinion of the Alice books! I really want to love them, but somehow,I always find that I like film adaptations so much better than the actual books. Crazy, right!?

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  2. Happy to hear I've inspired your blogging return! I hope you find your way back into the swing of things. It'll be great to have you along for children's lit month. Happy Reading!

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    1. Thanks! It's interesting to be back, that's for sure. Can hardly wait to start reading for your challenge!

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  3. Look forward to reading your reviews :)

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    1. Thanks! It'll be interesting to see how many books I get read for this challenge. :)

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