Expanding Blogging Horizons
I find that my blog and my blogging is constantly changing, expanding, shifting over the years. Not necessarily in a unique way, I think–I haven’t branched out to vlogging or podcasts. While my blog has become predominantly book-related over the years, I still post up my thoughts and reviews on movies I’ve watched, television shows I follow (however few they are; right now I’m posting my thoughts every other week on the latest episodes of Orphan Black), the articles I’ve written for other publications. Over the past year I’ve branched out and taken part in more book blog tours (courtesy primarily of France Book Tours), which is another wonderful way to connect with bloggers and authors and great books.
On a more technical note, the only major thing I’ve been focusing on in terms of expanding my blogging horizons is actually working towards a redesign here, lol. I recently bought this awesome theme from Creative Whim; I was having so much trouble formatting and customising free themes and I’m no longer patient when it comes to learning how to format my own layouts but this theme is pretty promising in terms of what I can do with it. I hope to do a bit more than what I currently have going on here in the coming months. I also hope to change my url next year to something a little more bookish, but we’ll see 😀
Novellas & Short Stories
In the last two years, I found myself reading a lot more novellas and short stories. Still not a lot, mind you, but reading them every now and then is a nice change of pace and I find that whenever I’m in a reading slump, it really helps me through that blahness. They’re also a great place to start if you’re looking to start reading a series or read some books from a particular author or want to continue reading stories set in a particular world that you’ve enjoyed.
For some novellas by classic authors, I highly, highly recommend Meville House’s The Art of the Novella series. The selection is fantastic, and the covers are simple but very elegant and appealing–very nice to have on your shelves! Many of these titles, depending on their copyright, are available free online or elsewhere, but if you’re a collector or are just looking for a starting point, definitely check their selection out. Some notable titles worth checking out (in my opinion ;)):
- Christopher Morley’s Parnassus on Wheels & The Haunted Bookshop
- Sholem Aleichem’s Stempenyu: A Jewish Romance
- Prosper Merimee’s Carmen
- Anton Chekhov’s The Duel
- Aleksandr Pushkin’s Tales of Belkin
- Ivan Turgenev’s First Love
- Edith Wharton’s The Touchstone
As for fantasy and science fiction, Tor.com has always been my go-to place for short stories from various fantasy and sci-fi authors. Every year they release a small anthology to download featuring select titles. They’ve been fairly hit and miss for me, but it’s some place to turn to for short stories from the genre. Other short stories–such as the novellas set in James S.A. Corey’s Expanse novels and Brandon Sanderson’s novellas–are both entertaining and interesting in what else it reveals of the worlds they’ve created, and definitely worth checking out.
There’s also one author on my to-read shelf whom I would talk more about in this section but I haven’t read any of her works yet: Alice Munro. I’ve heard good things about her work (and she’s Canadian–whoo-hoo!) and of course she’s pretty notable lately because she won the Nobel Prize for Literature so I’m looking forward to reading her short stories 🙂
And now I turn it over to you: How have you expanded your blogging horizons in the past year? Or if you’re a new blogger, what’s your experience been like so far? Do you read novellas and short stories? If so, what are some of your favourites? If you don’t, has my post convinced you in checking out a few titles? 😉