I usually don’t do this. In fact, I sometimes raise my eyebrows when I read posts where the blogger explains with so much fervor why he or she hasn’t been around. It’s as if the blogger owes the readers an explanation or the readers are demanding for it.
It’s all fine. Probably these bloggers and readers have deeper relationships than I assume. The same is true with me. A lot of my readers are also my friends. I sometimes feel that I have readers only because of my friends. Still, I try my best not to include very personal matters here for fear that it would alienate other people. Besides, this is a book blog. I don’t feel like mashing it up with other stuff.
And besides, there is The Sunday Salon as an excuse to post not-so-bookish-but-still-sort-of-bookish stuff. Like what have I been doing as far as reading and blogging are concerned? Have I been reading at all? Why am I not reviewing books lately? Why am I not buying books?
I have sunk into this phase of anxiety from which I hope I could recover soon. That generally explains why I haven’t been around. I still do read though, although it takes me longer than usual to finish a book. There are a lot of things in my mind and I find it hard to focus. But it’s not like I’m depressed or something. I sometimes think that I am but since I am still in touch with reality (am I?), I think I’m okay. I just think I need to take a vacation to clear my head and bounce back.
And that is why I am posting this on the first Sunday of the second half of the year. I am doing my best to get back. I cannot just sit and wait for the drive to come back. I think I need to somehow force myself to make the gears start turning. Later, I will parts of the books that I am reading, which are Great Expectations, Infinite Jest, and Love in the Time of Cholera. Fine, I’ll also read a bit of Les Miserables. When will I ever finish this book?
I’d also like to do something new to help me get back. I’ll be posting links that I find interesting on my TSS posts. Let’s commence, shall we?
- Ian McEwan talks about Stoner by John Williams – I’ve read this over a year ago. I borrowed a copy from someone. It’s a great novel, and now it’s selling like pancakes thanks to all the writers who are raving about it. So you now see how big an impact writers have on the sales of books. They are somehow responsible in shaping what readers will pick up next. I hope they always pick intelligent choices and unearth more of those forgotten classics.
- An analysis of grief – Can philosophy help a person cope with loss and grief? Coincidentally, I have just finished that part of Infinite Jest where two characters had a phone conversation about the same topics. Hmm.
- Book launch of Manila Noir – I’ve seen copy of this, but my state of flux made me not buy the copy that I held and skimmed. And now I am so jealous of my friends who have signed copies. I am going to look for a copy this week.
- Midyear reports from some of the blogs that I’m following – I’ve seen more, but I could only remember the lists from my friends’ blogs. Check these out: It’s A Wonderful Bookworld, One More Page, The Book Hooligan, and The Misanthropologist.
More to follow next week. Note to self: start bookmarking those links that you visit during your breaks.