This summer I have made more blog posts than I have in the entire year I have been writing this blog, but looking back, they are all reviews. 100%. Which for a book review blog sounds about right. Except when I actually got through and read my blog, I want something else. To be honest, I want to write something else – review after review after review is beginning to get a bit monotonous, and you know, that is pretty much the entire point of Goodreads. And Amazon review. Basically we don’t need another site for that.
That isn’t to say that I regret writing so many reviews. I think starting a blog can be hard and daunting, and sometimes you need something basic until you can work out exactly what it is you want to explore with your newfound platform. Writing reviews has allowed me to establish how I like to write, the voice I like to use – through it I have been able to work out where my comfort zone is, and in what ways I want to go beyond it. What I’m saying is that sometimes, monotony is good. It is the monotony of going to school everyday, learning the same subjects and half the time being bored out of our minds that gives us the skill and the knowledge to be able to go off to work, or university, and be able to become our own people. It is the monotony of practice, whether in sport or music or any area of life, that gives us the opportunity to take a skill in our own direction. It was the monotony of learning to read – tracing letters over and over from a Letterland worksheet; the increasing weirdness of yet another Biff, Chip and Kipper book, that shaped our love of books today. Monotony is important. But only if you then choose to do something with it. You have to choose to build.
I go back to university next week and, as seen last year, Oxford isn’t really an environment which allows you a lot of free time to explore your own bookshelves. I spend most of my time in a library anyway, so to be honest when I get back to my room, my desire to read anymore isn’t particularly high. And to be honest, once I take extra-curriculars and having any semblance of a social life into account, I just don’t have time. I’m going back as a Master’s student this year as well, which means the work will be harder, more intense, and at this point I have no clue how my time will have to be divided. Which means reading will probably have to take a backseat. I think the same idea goes for a lot of people going away to university, whether as an Undergrad or a graduate. Change is daunting, but it isn’t something to be afraid of.
So I’m going to use the opportunity to make a few changes here. I’m still going to write reviews. I love reviewing books – it’s basically just an opportunity to rant and fangirl wildly – but I want to explore other things too. I have no clue what, probably just more ramblings like this (I don’t even know what this is) but yeah. Change y’all.
~ Becca x