Today is my last Friday as a 19 year old, which is hard to believe. In 5 years I'll be a quarter century old, which is just a really strange and strangely awesome idea! Anyway, let's get to the memes and the books.
Follow Friday is hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee.
Bookshelf Tour. Gives us a tour of your bookshelf!
I only picked up my books yesterday from where I had stored them over the summer, so I haven't put them on my bookshelves yet. But here's a picture anyway, so I can at least partially show you. Most of my books are still at home, hiding under my bed and stealing space in my sisters bookcase.
The brown bag mainly has fiction books in them, apart from the obvious 'The Writer's Presence'. Shakespeare is in there of course, he'll always have a prominent position on my shelves. The Bronte's are in there as well, as is Jane Austen, Tolkien, etc. Some of my antique books are also there, carefully hidden away between newer paperbacks for padding.
Maybe I'll upload another picture when I have them all on their shelves.
Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer.
What got you started as a blogger? Everyone has a story/reason, what's yours?
What gave me the final push was my English teacher who told us that keeping up a book blog would help us process our thoughts about the books we were studying. Because I had only just moved to England, I figured I could use any help I could get and started this blog. I had tried before, but sometimes it's like trying to keep up with a diary, there's just no pull. But something was different this time and I absolutely loved it. There was just so much more to blogging about books that I knew and before I realized it I had become part of the book blogosphere and knew what our memes were.
I've decided to give Virginia Woolf another shot after I completely failed at enjoying and understanding 'To The Lighthouse'. So I'm using 'Night and Day' for Book Beginnings (Rose City Reader) and Friday 56 (Freda's Voice).
'It was a Sunday evening in October, and in common with many other young ladies of her class, Katharine Hilbery was pouring out tea. Perhaps a fifth part of her mind was thus occupied, and the remaining parts leapt over the little barrier of day which interposed between Monday morning and this rather subdued moment, and played with the things one does voluntarily and normally in the daylight.'One of the things I like about Virginia Woolf is how she seems to understand people and can find words for little every day things we do. Although I don't spend a lot of time pouring tea, my mind is always all over the place.
“I’m often on the point of going myself. And then I know I couldn’t live without this”—and he waved his hand towards the City of London, which wore, at this moment, the appearance of a town cut out of gray-blue cardboard, and pasted flat against the sky, which was of a deeper blue.“There are one or two people I’m fond of, and there’s a little good music, and a few pictures, now and then— just enough to keep one dangling about here. Ah, but I couldn’t live with savages! Are you fond of books? Music? Pictures? D’you care at all for first editions? I’ve got a few nice things up here, things I pick up cheap, for I can’t afford to give what they ask.”This is quite a long "sentence" but I saw it and just loved it. I love being in London and one of my favourite views is from Waterloo Bridge, when you can just look both ways and see Parliament, the London Eye, St Paul's Cathedral and if I strain I can pretend I can see my favourite building: the Shakespeare's Globe. And the second part just described me, really.
So, how does your book shelves work? And when did you start blogging? Leave a link or answer in the comments and I'll come check your blog out!