My friend, Jackie, from Bookworm Cafe posted her responses to this challenge during July, so it put it on my own radar. I decided to take it up for the month of August. The challenge originated, it appears, with Good Books & Good Wine, so credit for the prompts goes to them!
TODAY’S PROMPT: WHY DO YOU BLOG ABOUT BOOKS?
I blog about books because I wasn’t allowed to read when I was growing up. If you need more on that just read any of the “Oversharing” posts on here and you will understand why books were not something that I was able to have around as much as others may have been able to. I wanted to read more though. I wanted access to them. I wanted to be able to read them so badly, but I just did not have the time between trying to survive. I kept that love of books though, somehow through everything I have dealt with. Part of my life was not having a voice to say what my opinions where. It was easier not to have an opinion. It made me safer, but as I moved away from those horrible situations I realized I had no voice. I couldn’t talk about almost anything. I didn’t know what I enjoyed and didn’t. I wanted to be able to talk about things that I liked and books were one of those things. I decided to see if there was a book blogging community at all and I discovered that there was. I have been doing off and on blogging for years now. This is the longest stretch though and I feel like I am going to stick around. I like having the outlet to express my opinion on things that I like. This is why, however, why I don’t just stick to books any more on my blog. I want to learn to be able to talk about a multitude of likes. I want to develop my own voice and that started because of learning that I was allowed to share my opinions on books. I didn’t have to like what everyone else was reading. I could express that and it has helped me greatly. I feel like I was a wilted flower that finally got some darn water. Now I am starting to come back to life and it is thanks to the book blogging community.
IF YOU BLOG ABOUT BOOKS, WHY DO YOU BLOG ABOUT THEM? Let me know why in the comments!