My hostess, Anna, returned to her blog today with a regular-life post and a Friday Five. We got into a comments discussion about how, apparently, some bloggers view memes as tools for lazy bloggers. Not so, I say, not so! Memes can be an excellent way to gather ideas for new posts when you write about everything as I do.
Case in point: I am instituting a new meme this week called Booking Through Thursday. I want to read more real, paper, check-them-out-from-the-library books in addition to blogging more. Books are not nearly as interactive as the Internet, but I hope that participating in this meme will help alleviate some of the solitary nature of real books.
This week’s prompt:
Do you ever feel like you’re in a reading rut? That you don’t read enough variety? That you need to branch out, spread your literary wings and explore other genres, flavors, styles?
I found myself in a long string of nonfiction last fall. I keep a handwritten list of every book I read (for school and for pleasure) that goes all the way back to tenth grade. The first book on it is To Kill a Mockingbird. It is of course on there more than once. I read Righting the Mother Tongue; Eats, Shoots & Leaves*; and Good News About Sex and Marriage, but then I jumped right into a string of Alice books and the first couple of Uglies books. Nothing like a little YA to cleanse the palate of too many Serious Books.
I am the slightly abashed author of a few unfinished novels and a pile of mediocre short stories. I always wanted to write a novel, but I was better at short stories because they must have a clear end. The story can’t go on too long or it won’t be short by length or genre. Blogging more often has made me wonder if my niche isn’t really in essay writing. I’ve read essay collections before, mostly ones on writing or being Catholic. I guess that, although fiction is my first love, I manage to get just enough variety to avoid a rut.
*It hurts me to write that title. Long live the serial comma!