Friday, September 17, 2010

BBAW2010 (5)

Day Five

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.

Day Three.

It's not been one been one individual blog that has inspired 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.

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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.
Thank You.


Iris on Books said...

I'm not familiar with "What you Read" but I love Dolce Bellezza.

@parridhlantern said...

check pete out, he's had a bit of a break at the moment due to committments, but his posts are good

NancyO said...

I love Pete's blog. Good choice!

Anonymous said...

I've just had a look at Pete's blog and it's great! Thanks for the rec. And of course I'm already a fan of Bellezza's.

Anonymous said...

I ve visited Petes blog a few time ,it is a great blog ,all the best stu

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Now this is another unexpected treasure of events put on for bloggers...discovering new blogs.

I will be checking out your links.

Here's my post:

Click on my name!

@parridhlantern said...

Thanks everyone & those that haven't checked out "What you Read" he has a new post, after a period away from the blogworld. So check him out.Also thanks to Dolce Bellezza's Challenge my bookpile keeps growing & I'm not sure whether to curse or thank her.

Sherry said...

Please consider this comment your invitation to finish up your BBAW week by adding a link to any reviews you've managed to post this week to the Saturday Review of Books at Semicolon this Saturday. Every week book bloggers from all over the blogosphere post links to their reviews and other bloggers and readers check out the reviews and find even more books to add to their wishlists.

Thanks for blogging and reading and sharing.

tanabata said...

I'm glad to have met another fan of Japanese lit. :)
Good luck with all of your blogging goals for the next year.

Memory said...

I agree, the sense of camraderie throughout the book blogging community is astounding. It's wonderful that we all have this place where we can share our love of books and meet others with similar interests.

Good luck with all your blogging goals for the coming year!

Misty said...

I'm so glad I checked out those blogs you recommended... thanks for leaving a comment on HBB. I totally agree with your goals, I love when I find out about a new author with fresh perspectives and an interesting story.

Bellezza said...

Isn't it wonderful how we can expand and enrich one another's horizons? I don't know how I ever managed with not blogging! It's become such an important part of my life to share what I read with others. Not many people in my real life understand...Japanese literature? What's that? Dickens? Who's he? Only partly kidding, here.

@parridhlantern said...

Books are such a large part of my life & before blogging, I had no outlet to discuss this, before my work now (check about me) I've worked as a miner ,building trade, catering & horticulture & in all these positions found it hard to find likeminded souls with my level of book obsession, not impossible just rare.S o a BIG YEAH to blogging.

Pete said...

Parrish, I just found this post. Thanks for the kind words! And, thanks to everyone that's come by to check out What You Read.

@parridhlantern said...

BLIMEY!!!!!!!!!!! 14 comments on 1 post, thats definetely my highest result (so far). Thanks to everyone that commented & if you've checked out the Blogs I recommended, double thanks.
To Pete, the words were deserved.
Misty, totally agree with you concerning new authors (have just discovered Ryunosuke Akutagawa)its like a travell pass into a new world.
Tanabata,you're 1 of the reasons I love Japlit.
memory, the camaraderie is still strong although BBAW is over for the year, long may it reign.
Bellezza, the ability to express a real love for literature & specifically a particular book/author & then possibly introduce them to someone new & in that process create a new relationship between the individual & the book/author is fantastic.