Lazy Sunday Thoughts: Frogs & Nostalgia

Happy Sunday, Peoples!

I had every intention of catching up on my reading this weekend. I haven't been very successful at it. So far I learned to play Texas Hold Em (badly), visited relatives I hadn't seen in awhile, and played Pocket Frogs. Pocket Frogs, if you don't know, is an ipod app and a huge time waster. I downloaded it to play with my girl and got sucked in. It is a pointless game where you have a frog hop around on lily pads, eating dragonflies and 'breeding' with other frogs to make new combos. Yeah... pointless.

Anyway I did manage to read a short story by Elizabeth Gaskell for RIP's Short Story Peril. It wasn't quite what I expected. Speaking of RIP...

After posting my list for the RIP VI Challenge, I felt so nostalgic for the days when I first discovered Carl's annual challenge. I mentioned on Twitter that it made me feel like we "get the band back together" every year. It doesn't matter if there are people joining for the first time, the feeling is the same. We're doing something just for the heck of it. Together.

There were several posts this week about the end of Weekly Geeks and the changes that have taken place in book blogging since Dewey (the creator of Weekly Geeks who died a few years ago) was such a big part of the book blogging community. 

Book blogging has changed so much over the years for me. Back in the day, I didn't think about stats, and Klout (there was no Klout). I didn't wonder about what publishers thought of me. I had no idea who published the books I read anyway! I didn't know what an ARC was or how to get them. Memes were 'community builders' and I participated in many. I could visit other blogs without feeling overwhelmed. It was just a hobby. I wanted readers, of course, everyone did. 

There was less spam.

Change is inevitable. In two years, I'll look back on this time with fondness. It's not about new or old bloggersYou are all great people. It's about how I felt then.

When Carl hosts his RIP Challenge every year, I get some of that old feeling back. Sure there are new books every year but the old standards- Neil Gaiman, Shirley Jackson, Wilkie Collins- show up on people's lists too. People are excited to see their favorites on other people's lists. I can't resist commenting on a blog I may have never visited before when I read their reaction to a book I loved or hated. We can get silly too. Carl's mini-challenges are fun and creative. It's relaxed and non-competitive.


Since I'm getting nostalgic, here's a question everyone can answer, what book would you read for the first time all over again?


  1. Ah, nostalgia. I'm with you there: a lot has changed in only a few short years. (Including the way I blog.) I really should get my act together and put together a R.I.P. list; I did enjoy it when I went last.

    And I wish I could read Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince again for the first time. (Back when it was first published.) Nothing compared.

  2. I try not to let all that stuff, like Klout, affect me too much. I would like to experience To Kill a Mockingbird, Little Women or Gone With the Wind for the first time all over again.

  3. I love this post, not least because my dear daughter put those dang Frogs on my iphone, and used to chide me for not tending them -- I still haven't figured out any pint to the app at all!

    Hmm, as for a book I'd like to experience again for the first time? I think The Mists of Avalon. I loved how that book turned everything I knew about Camelot on its head! And I agree with Kathy, either Gone With The Wind or Little Women would be fun to read with fresh eyes again!

  4. Hi, I'm a new reader! I very much enjoy your blog :)
    I'd like to read The Age of Innocence again for the first time. I loved it the first time and would like to revisit that feeling.

  5. Klout? Never heard of it. But, I'm not much of a blogger, lately. Too busy traveling to sit still and write. I would love to read Rebecca and The Book Thief again for the first time.

  6. The Woman in White. Sigh. I need to look up your Twitter - I'm horrible at checking it - but I love love the idea that Carl's challenge is like "getting the band back together" awesome is that! This is my fourth RIP and it's honestly something that I'll ignore everything I need to do and just feel like I'm reading for reading again. I'll put books on hold at the library, purposely watch creepy movies, and scour my shelves for books I've been wanting to read for forever and classics to read or re-read. I'd definitely love to experience Wilkie Collins for the first time again.

  7. Carl and I actually had a similar discussion in the comments for the RIP challenge. I think my thoughts were because it was the end of Weekly Geeks. It made me think back to what it was like when Dewey was around. It was a very different blogging world back then.

    hm... There are actually lots of books I wish I could go back and read for the first time. Let's go with The Time Traveller's Wife.

  8. Melissa- I still haven't read HP for the first time yet!

    Kathy- Those are all really good.

    Col- I read Mists a couple of years ago. It was really good.

    gudrunstights- Maybe after I've read all the rest Wharton's book, I'll read them again.

    Bookfool- It's a new thing, just a couple of months old. I'd love to read Rebecca for the first time again.

    Amanda- Exactly! It's 'just for fun' reading for 3 months.

    Carl- There is a lot of that feeling lately. I think it's because it's become so business-like in the last couple of years.

  9. I have no idea what Klout is, and I tried looking it up, still not sure.

    I've noticed changes too, the up coming 24-hour-read-a-thon is something I'm excited for. I get similar feelings like the RIP challenge does for you.

    As for books I wish I could go back to, Time Traveller's Wife, Three Musketeers, Pride and Prejudice are a few. Especially Time Traveller's wife, I think I need to find time to re-read that one.

  10. I think I caught the tail-end of this discussion on Twitter the other day. There is a sense of nostalgia out there lately. I always feel bad because I am not quite part of the "older" crowd but don't fit into the "newer" bloggers either. Still, it has changed a bit in the last two years, and even I miss how blogging "used to be". I wonder if we could ever make it feel like that again.

    Which book would I want to read for the first time over again? REBECCA. Hands down. It is such a phenomenal book.

  11. I've been book blogging since 2007, which kind of makes me an old man. I do get nostalgic now and then. Dewey is certainly missed, along with several bloggers who have 'retired' from book blogging.

    For me, it's still fun. When it's no longer fun I'll stop doing it. I look at stats now and then but I'm not going anywhere near Klout. I did check it out. I just refuse to Twitter.

  12. I've become increasingly resistant to "image" in the blogosphere and popularity contests and all of the "stuff" that goes along with it now. I know what you mean about that nostalgic feeling, though with RIP. It's just FUN.

  13. I wish I could read some of Jane Austen's books, The Book Thief and Harry Potter for the first time again. They're some of my favorites!

  14. As we've discussed before, I get nostalgic right along with you...miss the days when we didn't "need" Twitter to be heard...anyway, what would I read for the first time all over again? How about Charlotte's Web, The Secret History, Possession and The Robber Bride? A bizarre collection to be sure, but all in my list of favorites-not-to-be-beat.


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