I would like to return to the world of blogging. It has been quite a few months since my last post, and I have missed it. This past year has quite possibly been the most difficult one I have ever faced. In March, I shared with you my grief over the loss of my father. But the hits just kept coming, and I could never have imagined the curveballs I experienced even after that. I reached a place of discouragement, and I was hardly even reading anymore, let alone writing about it. However, I have slowly risen from the ashes and moved forward. I feel that I am in a better place now than I have been for a year, and I do not take that for granted. And part of coming back to being myself is coming back to this blog.
Writing this blog has been an unexpected joy for me. I started with very low expectations and wasn't feeling too strongly that I would have something to say. But with time, I came to depend on this blog as my connection to stimulating thought and conversation in an otherwise monotonous routine. I found that the blog kept me accountable to continue reading good literature and expressing my thoughts about it. I discovered that it filled a big part of the void created after I left college and all those delightful literature classes. Significantly, I started to write the blog solely for myself.
Don't misunderstand me; the responses from those of you who read this blog were a big part of the unexpected joy. Many of you made book recommendations for me based on my entries, and I found some amazing pieces of literature through you. You also pushed me to think about the books I had read in a new way, and you pushed me to keep reading and keep writing.
Likewise, I greatly enjoyed reading many of your blogs as well. I was amazed to discover this huge blogosphere of book lovers. I started to view some of you as my friends, even though we had never met. I am eager to get back into the habit of checking out your thoughts and joining your blog hops.
When I read a good book now, I crave a way to express and share it. Not all of my friends are interested in talking about books, and I often have to keep my mouth shut. But I believe that books are meant to be shared, and you can learn much more in doing so. I am so humbled to have an audience who is actually interested in what I have to say!
So I am going to try to come back, though I don't know how frequently I will be able to post. But there are several books I'm itching to share, and I'm also ready to hear some new suggestions. If anyone is reading this, thank you. I know that I may have lost some readers in this time away, but I want to press forward again anyway because I know it is good for me, whether I have readers or not.