It will probably come at no surprise to any of you that I am an insatiable reader. I always have been and always will be. I was that kid with the flashlight under the covers reading when my parent's thought I was sleeping.* Or begging my mom "just two more pages! let me finish the chapter!" Being a reader has always been a part of the definition of Courtney.
With that comes a number of things that can happen to a person. Daydreams about far off places in the middle of a math class. A bunch of pet peeves directed at other readers, non-readers, and characters in books. Issues surrounding which book to read next after having just read the best book ever. How to make a book last forever without stopping reading it mid-book. Issues surrounding not being able to pick up the next book in a series because you just don't want it to be over yet. Grumbles directed at authors who can't seem to publish the next book in a series fast enough. And so, so many more. All you readers out there totally get me on this, right?
So, with that - I've been trying to think about things to write here on the blog that have to do with reading. Or, rather, how to write about me and reading. Because, while I love them, just doing book challenges, memes, and book reviews doesn't really make me feel like a book blogger or a reader for that matter. I want to write more about what makes me a reader. What makes me a good writer. All that stuff.
So, you know, that's where this In The Margins feature I'm starting has come into play. I didn't want to limit myself to one type of thing (like, Bookish Pet Peeves, or something like that), or a specific day (like, Friday Book Rants) but rather give myself room to rant, rave, and reflect on whatever bookish whim comes my way. Easy peasey.
In The Margins came from this little idea of mine that so much happens around a book. You have these wonderful stories printed on paper - but there's so much more to reading than that. You bring in so much of yourself and your surroundings. And you leave with so much more to add to who you are. And a lot of the times, for me at least, those moments of personal connection get highlighted, asterisks, and other assorted notes in the margins. That's the space where book life and real life merge.
So, there you have it. In The Margins. And that's where we're going with this.
Hope you enjoy these as I get to writing them! :)
* They totally knew I was reading. We kids aren't as sneaky as we think.