Random Thoughts - Why I Blog About Books
Monday, January 12, 2015
I was listening to Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer the other day when I came upon the quote above. It stopped me in my tracks and I completely thought it totally embodied why I blog about books. I know to outsiders it seems like an odd choice for a blog topic, and I didn’t even know the whole book blogging world even existed until I started to search it out myself.
I blog because there is so much more than words on a page. A book is like a piece of art that everyone can view differently and have their own reaction to. Each book blogger can read the exact same book and have hundreds of completely different views on that single topic. I may relate to the main character because I feel like she is like me, where as someone else may relate to the relationship the character has with their parents because it relates to their relationship with their parents.
I love to see how different people relate to characters themselves and what they take from a strong female heroine. I normally relate better to a heroine who is inertly flawed in some way, that even though they possess so much ability to rise up and take a stand, they still doubt themselves and their abilities. This really comes into play with heroines like Katniss from The Hunger Games and Celaena from Throne of Glass. I love their strong, feisty edge, but the soft-heartedness and self-doubt really make them a relatable character to me. I know that other readers see them both as so strong and that is why they enjoy the character. I really find comfort in a character that has depth and is fully developed.
I also love seeing how relationships appeal to individuals. I tend to go always with the good guy because I have dating the bad guy and know that the good guy gets the shaft, but they are the men that you should marry and end up with. They are the ones who make the best husbands and fathers. I also think that 90% of the girls take these guys for granted. The grass is definitely not always greener on the other side.
Books make you think, make you feel. I love Harry Potter because of the magic and adventure, but also the loyal friendships and quest for love. It feels like an old friend when I read it. Still Alice was heart breaking and so hard to read, but it told the truth about Alzheimer’s. Station Eleven made you think about how you would react in the middle of an epidemic and who you would call, save or be with during the end times.
Sometimes the writing is just so amazing that you start to see the world differently. Or quotes stick to your insides and come to mind randomly during the day. I just love how books take you to places you would never imagine and bring you deep inside some else's conscience, allowing you to walk a mile in their shoes.
I am sad when people don’t read. I have been brought up in a family of readers and have quite a few friends who read as well. You share something special when you share the love of a book. I feel so connected to book bloggers that I have never met in person because we know that secret magic a book can possess.