A Two Year Reflection

Posted April 6, 2014 by Michael @ Knowledge Lost in Literature / 4 Comments

One of the things I love about book blogging is just expressing my bookish thoughts, the stuff I’ve been thinking about. My goal was to post a non-review at least once a week (Saturday) but sometimes life gets in the way, you get busy and fall behind on book reviews. I’m pleased to say I’ve written all my book reviews so now I can get back to what I love about book blogging. Two years ago (this month) I started book blogging, my newfound love for literature was evident on my now neglected autodidactic blog Knowledge Lost and I felt the need to document my reading journey.

While this book is a documentation of my reading journey over the past few years, I also want to share my bookish thoughts. It is interesting to see how much they change over the course of a few years. So this post is kind of like a reflection of the past few years and see how much things have changed. Surprisingly for two years of blogging, Literary Exploration has just over 600 posts and over 340 of those are book reviews. While I would like to see more non-review posts, I’m very happy with the direction this blog has taken.

Over the past few years you can see just how much my reading (see my infographic) and book reviews have improved, as I grow as a reader so does this blog. I’ve gone from avoiding re-read books to wanting to re-read favourites just so I can blog about those books. That is one of the biggest problems with book blogging, so many books I’ve read before blogging that I need to re-read just so I can add them to my review list. My literary wall of shame is now a little less shameful (I should write a new one), I still dislike eucatastrophic endings and I’m still planning to complete the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die list.

As for literary studies, most people know that I’m now starting at university part time, but I feel like my autodidactic studies are more educational. Those concepts of metafiction, satire and formalism (post coming soon) are all concepts I feel like I’ve got a handle on but still hope to learn about in more detail. If I were ever to teach an introduction course to literature, I probably would still pick the same books as those in this post.

It’s been a great two years, I love book blogging and I don’t plan to let up anytime soon. If I was better at self-editing I would probably try to post every day but unfortunately that is still a pipe dream. Though pop-culture is still destroying literature, books are still better than their movie adaptations. Books are here to stay, even if it feels like there is less and less people reading. I hope book bloggers are here to stay as well, but I would love to see more male bloggers out there.

4 responses to “A Two Year Reflection

  1. Ryan

    It would be nice to have more male bloggers out there. I think we tend, to a degree, review different books, but with the books that we have in common with female bloggers, sometimes men will look at it from a different angle, which adds to the discussion.

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