Friday, December 10, 2010

Creating My Own Classroom

Book Blogger Hop


I am honored to be participating for the first time in the Book Blogger Hop, sponsored by Jennifer at Crazy for Books. This week's question:

"What is the thing you like most about reading book blogs? Is it the reviews, author guest posts, articles, giveaways, or something else entirely?"

I started keeping this blog to keep me organized in my classics-reading project and to give me a place to write about my experiences.  (I've always been able to think better when I am typing than when I am speaking.)  Both of these initial goals were about my private experience of blogging.

But very quickly I learned how exciting the world of book blogging is.  Reading through other people's blogs, I have learned about irresistible contemporary fiction, enchanting literature which has resurfaced after being ignored for years, and fabulous classics which I have never read.

Learning about the literature is certainly a terrific thing about reading book blogs.  But even better is the fact that whether I'm reading someone else's blog or the comments on this one, I get to enter a classroom full of amazing fellow students.  The questions and insights you offer in posts and in comments are the unexpected delight I have found in the blogosphere in the last few months.  Thank you all for being so welcoming.

18 comments:

  1. What a well put answer. We are all like students and we all share a passion for the same thing. I was drawn to book blogging (and am still new at it) after seeing how many people out there love books as much as I do. I've been challenging myself to read a lot of classic literature lately so it's pretty neat to see you doing this for a classics reading project :)

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  2. Dragonfly: How wonderful to have you here! I've been finding so many bloggers interested in reading more classic literature. I'd love to have you read along at any point. Thanks for the comment.

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  3. Hey! Welcome to the world of hopping! Some of our absolute favorite books are classics that only a few years ago we never would've dreamed picking up! Have you seen the BBC book challenge? It along with two other "must read" lists are what really started us on the road we are on a few years back. Check us out at http://www.twobibliomaniacs.blogspot.com
    Have a great weekend!

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  4. to me the best thing about book blogging is the sense of a vast international community of book bloggers-every day it expands-

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  5. Two Bibliomaniacs: Thanks for the welcome, and thanks for dropping by. I've enjoyed reading all the posts about the BBC list! I do surprisingly well on the list because it includes a lot of children's literature--which I read when I was a child and more recently with my son. (I was very pleased and surprised to see Ransome's Swallows and Amazons on the list.)

    Mel U: Oh yes! I love checking out the map on my statistics page and seeing that folks from everywhere are visiting. I'm still trying to figure out who is from where as I get to know all of you.

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  6. google blog stats are great-I also have been using for over a year sitemeter.com-free tracking program-tells the city of your visitors, their IP address, how long they are on your blog, what files they initially sign into and gives you graphs hour by hour up to year end on your blog traffic-

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  7. Ah, I almost put some of your books from "The Ancients" list on my list of 12 for the "TBR" Challenge! I definitely hope to get through a majority of your choices someday, too.

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  8. Mel U: Thanks! Mostly I'm still trying to get to know more about all my new book bloggery friends--but it is very cool that I can figure some out from stats rather than just from their blog posts.

    Adam: Thanks for dropping by. Your challenge sounds great. I'm so glad that so many book bloggers are interested in reading classics. I've found such a terrific community.

    If you're ever interested in reading something at the same time, let me know and maybe we can do something together. (That invitation is open to all of you!)

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  9. Welcome to the Book Blogger Hop! This is just another example of how fun and interactive the book blogging community is. It's so fun.

    Good luck on your project. It sounds very interesting. I'm excited to see how you do.

    Glad to have found you via the Hop!

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  10. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm hopping over to yours, and I'm a new follower. Have a great weekend and great post! :)

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  11. Hi - just hopping through, as a new blogger and follower. Great to read you!

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  12. Susan, Jen, and e-Quills: Thank you all for stopping by! I'm really enjoying getting to meet all of you here and on your blogs.

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  13. Hi and welcome to tbe Blogosphere! I hope you have a great time - I look forward to reading about your reading adventures!

    -Linds, bibliophile brouhaha

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  14. BB: Thanks! I am getting more and more excited about the project, and I'm very happy to have you here.

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  15. Just came over from the Jewish Lit Challenge-I see you're doing it too. It's my favourite every year. I've just posted my potential reading list and recommendations from past JL challenges. I look forward to your thoughts on what you read for the challenge.

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  16. Sandra: Sounds like a great challenge. I'm planning to read Howard Jacobson's The Finkler Question, perhaps Adam Mansbach's End of the Jews, and perhaps George Eliot's Daniel Deronda. Can't wait to see what other folks do!

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  17. Oh, most definitely!! It is a pleasure, and a huge learning experience. :-)

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  18. Jillian: I'm getting more and more excited to begin my project in this blog classroom. Thanks for stopping by.

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