Happy Birthday to my Blog!

October marks the one year anniversary of what is now known as the Realm of Reviews. I recently have been slacking a bit on the review side of things. I have been stuck on the same books for so long that reading almost started losing its appeal. I have been trudging through Clash of Kings; I’ve also been trying to finish Mercury Rising on my Kindle, The Once and Future King, and have been reading aloud The Hobbit with a special someone. I also started Ten Big Ones (Janet Evanovich) but haven’t really got anywhere with it.

Instead of reading lately, I’ve been playing video games — a friend lent me Knights of Amalur: Reckoning, I bought Lord of the Rings: War in the North, I got Borderlands 2, and have still occasionally been playing Halo Reach. As for PC, I recently bought Knights of the Old Republic for $2, so I’ve been replaying that as well — and it is a LONG game! Along with gaming, I’ve been trying to catch up on some anime. I’ve been watching some Bleach — I am very early on in the series — and quite a bit of Naruto. As for other shows, I caught up on The Walking Dead to watch the season premiere, and my buddy lent me Game of Thrones season one so I will be watching that for a while, and perhaps reviewing the series when I finish it.

Aside from all these distractions, my roommate suggested a while back that I pick up a new book to help me get back into reading. I read Fight Club and was immediately reminded why I love reading. After Fight Club, I started Skyship Academy: Crimson Rising by Nick James, and it is fantastic. I hope to have the review up within the next week or two (once the book is finished). After that, Clash of Kings will be the next book to tackle. I only have about 200 pages left, so hopefully it won’t take too long. After that, along with slowly finishing the other already-started books, I think I will start my Wheel of Time (Robert Jordan) read-through. Since I am now in possession of the first six books, I think that is the best plan of action. Along with free reading, I will also be reading Meditations by Aurelius for a humanities course, A Raisin in the Sun for a theater course, and some assorted drama pieces for my critical reading/writing course.

Looking back at one year of writing reviews — about 54 of them — I realize how much my reviewing and understanding of writing has changed. I hope, by looking through my old reviews, anyone could agree. In the next year of reviews I plan to grow even more. Now, I am even writing some of my own stuff — short stories and the like. I hope to have another year of fun reading and writing ahead of me. I would recommend starting a blog (reading, writing, or otherwise) to everyone; it is incredibly satisfying. One of the most rewarding things about blogging about the books I have read is being able to look back on the impression each book left on me. Sometimes I find it hard to recall certain emotions or thoughts I had about a book, so it has been really nice to be able to reread my thoughts on them. This is especially true when I want to read a sequel to a book, but don’t want to reread the original book first (ex: Pearl Wars, and the sequel I’m reading now, Crimson Rising). It has been an excellent year blogging, and I truly hope to keep blogging for a good long while.

Read on, fellow readers!

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