Sunday, December 30, 2012
2012 End of year wrap up and end of Pudgy Penguin Perusals blog
Labels: personal story
2012 is now at an end and as I look back, I see how many wonderful books were out there. Some I read and many are still on my TBR list. Here's a few that earned the rare 5 * rating.
Rush Home Road by Lori Lansens (feb)
The House at Tyneford by Natasha Solomons (April)
The Distant Hours by Kate Morton (May)
Ocean Beach by Wendy Wax (June)
The Far Side of the Sky by Daniel Kalla ( July)
The Sister's Montclair by Cathy Holton (August)
Miss Buncle's Book by D.E. Stevenson (August)
The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani (October)
The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton (November)
Now for the hard part . . . . . . . . .
After much thought and consideration I've finally decided to shut down Pudgy Penguin Perusals. Reviewing has become difficult for me; it's starting to feel like an onerous chore. With feeling like this, I don't think I'm doing anyone a service by agreeing to review their books. It feels like I keep saying the same things over and over and am at a loss as to how to proceed from here. I've tried cutting back but the feeling persists but with guilt attached to it; the feeling that I should be doing more to contribute to this wonderful community of book bloggers.
I think too, with the loss of my only brother just a few months ago and another sister-in-law being diagnosed with Alzheimers that maybe I am feeling a sense of my own mortality or at least the feeling that time is too short. Of course, having both cataracts and glaucoma, I worry about staring at this screen so much. It feels like I spend waaaaaay too many hours in front of this computer and yet, even then, it still doesn't seem that I get to visit enough blogs.
Anyhow, I've so enjoyed all the blogs I did visit in the last 4+ years and hope that occasionally someone got some enjoyment from mine. The book blogging community is an amazing one; caring, insightful and so willing to share their love of books and also to encourage others at a time when someone needs it. I've truly appreciated being a small part and I thank you for allowing me to be a part of your life.
I feel a little sad that I have "given up" but I'm also looking forward to reading anything that strikes my fancy and knowing I can just close the book and move on to a new one.
I may still pop in here and there at random reading your blogs. I'll still leave my reading list up in case anyone wants to see what I'm reading, plan to read or have read and how I rated a book.
Who knows, maybe I'll find I miss blogging so much I may just resurrect the whole thing or just post a Saturday Snapshot, a meme I truly enjoy. But as for now I'm just unplugging. I wish you all a most happy, healthy and peaceful 2013!
Comments will still be enabled just in case you might feel like saying howdy.