It’s been a long time since I blogged anything like even semi-regularly. I started this blog because I wanted somewhere that was less…rigid than my previous blog, less tied up in feeling like I had to always post about books, and if I did post about books, that I had to always post long reviews that I’d wrangled over for hours. And yet I’ve found myself in exactly the same pattern. Obviously with much more time at home of late, I’ve thought about blogging. It seems stupid that with more time, I’m still stalled, but in my head I felt like there had to be a significant post to signal A Return. Some words worth being those that re-started (or, let’s be honest, started) this blog in my tiny corner of the Internet. Then the other day I got over myself. All I really had to do was start typing.
So that’s what I’m doing. Just typing for now. I’d like to catch up on the books I’ve been reading, the food I’ve been cooking, the places I’ve been (pre-lockdown, obviously). And there’s only one way to do that.
I know that a lot of people have been struggling to read among all of the upheaval. Thankfully, that hasn’t been my experience! I’ve read a lot in the last couple of months. I was aiming to read a book a week in 2020 and if GoodReads is to be believed, I’m tracking at 5 books ahead of that. In part, that’s because I went on holiday for a week in early March (a lucky break just before lockdown) and read something bonkers like 7 books in 8 days. But otherwise, I’ve genuinely been excited about what I’m reading. I’m currently about 350 pages into the 600-something page tome that is The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova. I’ve owned it for about 9 years without reading it. I’ve moved house with it at least twice. I started it, thinking I could always put it down if I didn’t like it and I’d at least have tried it. And I am loving it! It’s a character driven novel with loads of details about painting and art. All usually huge turn offs for me. And yet, I find myself totally hooked. Go figure. It was reading that, and being so surprised about it, that finally gave me a kick up the arse to blog again.
One thing I haven’t been doing so well at is stopping buying books. At the start of the year, I really wanted to read some of the books I’d owned for years and to get the number of books I owned but hadn’t read below 500 (I know). But recently buying books has been as much of a comfort as reading. And if it makes me happy for at least the 10 minutes that I’m scrabbling with packaging and holding those new books in my hands, I find it hard to feel bad about it. So I’m abandoning that as a goal for the year. Instead, I’d like just not to increase the number of books that I own that I haven’t read in 2020. Finishing 2020 neutral would be just fine by me.
I’ve been cooking plenty too and have a few recipes that I somehow want to share. I’m half-thinking of a food/book pairing type thing but I’m not sure yet. Either that or some of the recipe books getting us through lockdown. Something food related.
And I think I’ve gone on for long enough now! Really I just wanted to get something down. Write anything down!
See you all soon! 🙂