Tuesday, January 1, 2013

first lines meme 2012

Even though I'm a little late with it this year, I always enjoy this post. It's a fun way to hop through time and get a fairly decent sample of what was happening in my reading year. This year, for example, one will note the ENORMOUS GAP in the middle. I fell off the reading/blogging train and landed face-first in the having-a-kid-who-still-doesn't-sleep-through-the-night mud. (I'm still somewhere down there, but clinging to the train with my fingertips...) Getting back to work has been great for my reading, though, as I'm trying to keep up with the book clubs with mixed success, and thinking more carefully about the books I do manage to read.

This is a yearly exercise Melanie put together over at The Indextrious Reader -- pop over and give hers a look too. In short, sift through your blogging year and pick the first line of the first entry of every month and collect them in one place.

January
Witches Abroad was the Discworld novel I read just before I discovered how wonderful the Discworld is.

February
First of all, free eBook.

March
Who would have thought that I would have become so enchanted by a book about math and baseball?

May
Oh my lord, I thought I was never going to read anything again.

June
I have got to get this review finished and posted.

July
What a lovely, lovely book.

October
I have come to the reluctant conclusion that I am never going to catch up on my book reviews.

November
Huh, 407 pages went by really, really fast.

December
"I woke up thinking a very pleasant thought. There is lots left in the world to read."

This is kind of a weird place for me to be in, because I look back at the beginning of the year, and I remember reading those books and writing those reviews, but it all seems so very long ago. Also, interesting to me is that as we get further and further down the year, the more my first lines become about the reading and reviewing itself, rather than the book. And then we finish the year on a strong note, a quotation from one of my favourite reads of the year.

Next up: a detailed examination of my reading over the past year, and I'll pull out some of the high points. I'd forgotten I'd read The Housekeeper and the Professor this year, for example; it's become such a part of my consciousness. That one will be going on the Recommended list for sure.

What about you? Do your first lines have things to say about your blogging year?

2 comments:

Melwyk said...

Interesting how looking back at first lines seems to bring back the year, and make you realize what you were doing at specific times -- like being too busy to blog! I always find the retrospective view of interest. Thanks for playing along!

Kiirstin Maki said...

Thanks for the idea, Melanie! It's always a fun exercise.