As some of the more determined followers of this blog may have noticed, my activity online has been very limited over the past few months. This has been due to personal and family health problems that needed me to commit my energy elsewhere for a time. Fortunately things seem to be settling back to what passes for normal in my life and I'm now looking forward to giving The Word Fiend some much needed TLC.
As any dedicated bookworm will know books continued to be my sanctuary during this time. I used the time to also consider my approach to blogging and reviewing in general and I've come to some conclusions that I want to put into practice here on the blog in the coming months.
- When I named this blog over two years ago now I incorporated a mission statement of sorts into it. The fiend does not refer to a small red imp armed with a pitchfork and horns, but rather to: a person extremely devoted to a pursuit or study. That is what I want this blog to be - a celebration of words and the people who wield them with such grace and skill.
- I love to read a wide variety of genres and often bounce between them as the mood takes me. I am in the extremely privileged position of having publishers and authors trust me with their books to read and review. It is a humbling responsibility and one that I take very seriously. But with this responsibility came a pressure to read books in an order that was dictated rather than my usual more organic approach. And I believe that my enjoyment of the books and my subsequent reviews were not as good as they could have been if I had been reading as the mood took me. This blog is a work of love and enthusiasm and so I have made the decision to read books in the order that I want to rather than forcing myself to meet an imaginary deadline. If I have been asked to review a book for its release I will make every effort to do so of course, but I also need to be the reader I am to give the best reviews I can (in terms of content, not necessarily ratings).
- There is so much to discuss about books, words and the people who write them that I would like to start a semi-regular series of posts on the blog discussing different topics, and hopefully get other bloggers and readers to join in with their own contributions.
I'm looking forward to this new chapter in The Word Fiend's life and I hope that you'll be coming along for the ride!