This is my first BBAW & I have loved every moment of my participation in it. The meeting of hundreds (Conservative estimate) of fellow minded book fiends, all with the single minded purpose of screaming out a love for literature. I have been amazed at the camaraderie that exists amongst individuals, who have probably never met, whose only point of contact is books. Yet there exists a bond that binds all involved in this celebration. Now my goals for the next year are three fold (1) to carry on with my learning curve with the singular aim of the continuous improvement of this blog, (2) To increase my knowledge of translated literature, its a brand new world of writers for me to read, write & fall in love with; & (3) to participate in more challenges, again with the aim of discovering more books, authors etc. My goals may appear selfish & to a certain extent they are, but I hope that, that will translate to a more focused blog, still concentrating on my key obsessions of Books, Music & good Whisky, still focusing on the writers I love, but trying to expand that love into new territories, new worlds & in the process hopefully sharing that journey with my fellow bookfiends.
It's not been one been one individual blog that hasinspired me, but a whole family of blogs, that meet up on regular basis on Dolce Bellezza's Japlit4 Challenge. Through checking the review links added constantly by a band of dedicated bloggers, I have been introduced to authors like Yukio Mishima, Kenzaburo Oe & Ryunosuke Akutagawa, presenting me with the best present for an avid bookfiend, a whole new world of books to discover & by providing me with a reference via their reviews, I also have a map to guide me.
The first blog I really liked was Pete Karnas's What you Read, I had not long started with my own blog & was looking for Ideas & inspiration.Thats when I came across a post, he had written on Nabokov's" Lolita" comparing the male character (Humbert) to the character in the Rolling Stones song "Sympathy for the Devil".Like all good posts it made you think, & although i wasn't in total agreement with his comparison, I was inspired enough to comment & entered into a dialogue with Pete, which was another thing I learnt from him (ALWAYS ANSWER YOUR COMMENTS IT'S ALWAYS APPRECIATED).I next discovered Dolce Bellezza & the Japanese Lit challenge & that had me embarking on a whole course of literature, where before I'd merely snacked,now 6 months later (Blimey is that all it's been?) having along the way discovered loads of wonderful blogs covering a whole range of literature & providing me with a lot of inspiration.