Last Thanksgiving, I told you about some literary-related things I’m thankful for. Tomorrow, Thanksgiving returns here in the United States, so let’s do it again!
In the world of book geekdom, literary nerdiness, and blogging in 2013, what am I thankful for? Or, for you grammarians who abide by outdated grammar rules—for what am I thankful?
There’s a baby in my house, or at least there’s about to be.
As of this morning, my wife has either had our second child, or is about to.
With that, I’m taking the rest of the week off from blogging for family time. I could definitely throw a few posts up this week, but they would probably be riddled with errors, and I would have little time to read your comments and respond. So I’m not going to do that.
Lucille, a fan of 101 Books on Facebook, recently sent me a message with this question:
“What is your process for reading books for this project? Do you highlight, make margin notes, flag pages with pretty colored stickers, dog-ear pages, summarize or outline in a journal/reading diary as you move through the chapters?”
That’s a great question, so I thought I would make a post about it.
My reading process is pretty simple. I keep a pen inside my book. When I read a passage I like, I underline it. When I have a question or a thought about something within the book, I make a note in the margin.
That’s it. I’m a simple man.
But let me tell you how I work those notes into my blog.
Today, 101 Books celebrates three years as a blog.
I’m pretty much done potty training, which might surprise some of you considering the amount of poop I spew on this blog.
Anyway, to celebrate, I’m going to give away three books today, following my usual giveaway process, so hang around (or skip down) to the end of this post for that.
First, though, I thought it might be a good time to go through some practical/fun/statistical nerd stuff related to the blog. You might not care, and that’s fine. If so, go ahead and skip down to the giveaway.
If you’re interested, here are some fun facts about 101 Books:
A few weeks ago, I dedicated one post to giving you guys the opportunity to share about your blogs in the comments.
I figured I might get a couple of dozen responses or so, but I had no idea how popular that post would become. It was an overwhelming success, and that’s because of you!
The post was a winner for two reasons: 1) It gave you the chance to self-promote without guilt and 2) It allowed you to find out about some other awesome bloggers and blogs out there on the interwebs.
The post currently has 229 comments, which means it has a crapload of great blogs for you to check out.
But here’s the problem: Each day that I write a new post, that post slips further and further down the homepage and further and further into the abyss of the 101 Books archive.
If you will, imagine with me:
A man, mid-thirties, brown hair, sits on a couch. In his hands, he holds Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret with a mild expression of pain and discomfort on his face. He looks puzzled. The soft sounds of a SportsCenter anchor eminate in the background.
A 3-year-old boy runs past, pushing a plastic lawnmower out of which the lower torso of an upside-down Buzz Lightyear pertrudes from the plastic gas tank.
The man’s lovely wife, now seven months pregnant, asks the man if he will bring a laundry basket downstairs. He replies, “Honey, can’t you see I’m reading Judy Blume here?”
[Fade to black.]
Let’s spread the love around today.
If you’re reading this post, you more than likely subscribe to 101 Books and read my posts every so often. Thanks for that.
Today, let’s return the favor. Tell me and everyone else about your blog! Do you have a blog about your garden gnome collection? Your love of the Chicago Blackhawks? Or do you have a book blog like me?
Whatever it is, share it with us today in the comments section. Don’t be reluctant…this is your chance to self-promote without guilt!
The last book I will read during this 101 book project will be Ulysses.
If you don’t know the story behind that, I’ll briefly share. The list upon which this blog is based, created by Time Magazine, features what they deem as the 100 greatest English-speaking novels since 1923. As luck would have it, Ulysses was written in 1922.
James Joyce’s Ulysses is widely viewed, at least in critical circles, as the greatest novel ever written. So, for kicks and giggles and possibly self-torture, I threw Ulysses into the mix to make it a nice round 101.
On top of that, I decided to save Ulysses for the very end. A “celebratory” read, I guess you could say.
I don’t know if this is a good idea or not. But if it sucks, it won’t be the first time I’ve had a post that bombed.
But what the heck.
The floor is yours. If you have a question for me related to 101 Books–the blog itself, blogging, anything of that nature–then fire away!
Think of this as a supplement to my FAQ section.
I still get a lot of questions in the comments and in emails. I try to answer as many as possible, but sometimes I don’t get around to them all. I’m certainly not an expert on blogging, but I’ve figured out a few things over the last two-and-a-half years.
Today, I’ll answer every single question that’s asked–which will likely be two or three, so that should be easy.
So fire away! Ask me anything about the blog or even blogging in general.