Well, hello to you! I have taken the plunge and decided to start a new blog as I am in a stage in my life of new beginnings, starting over and starting afresh, and I needed my blog to reflect that. My old blog held with it some difficult memories, and while I haven’t deleted that blog, knowing that in the back of my mind meant that I wasn’t writing any more. So here I am.
I have also decided to take this opportunity to take a different angle with this blog. Although I will naturally be injecting some of the personal into this, I will be leaning towards posting about what I’m reading. You’ll quickly learn that I love to read all kinds of books, but there’s been a particular challenge I’ve been thinking about taking on: reading every book that’s made the Man Booker Prize shortlist. This is indeed a mammoth task in itself, as the prize has been around since 1969, but the challenge is made worse by several factors:
- At last count I have 233 unread books in my own bookshelves I must get to (although some of these will double up with the Booker shortlisters)
- I am in my third year of a creative writing course at UniSA so when I’m not working full time as a public servant, I am usually reading a textbook or writing an assignment
- As the leader of my work book club (Once Were Wallabies) it would be very much out of character for me not to read the books we’re assigned every month
- I already have 5 books borrowed from friends and relatives I really need to finish.
So, as you can see, this will be no small challenge… I am hoping this blog will provide me with the little extra incentive I need. But if someone out there would build me some kind of time machine, or give me some kind of sponsorship deal so that I could happily resign from work to achieve my goal, it would be much appreciated.
So, welcome, and I hope you’ll enjoy the journey with me…