Question: if you could write a love letter to any book you’ve ever read which would it be?
Are you sick of me banging on about turning 30 yet? It’s already been 2 months meaning there’s still a full 10 to go. So if you aren’t now then I guarantee you will be. March, of course, is special because it’s my actual birthday on the 5th. I decided to mark the occasion by starting my biggest blog challenge yet. It’s something I’m already kind of dreading and I haven’t even started it yet. However, I’m equally pretty excited about it. It’s something I’ve been thinking of for a while and now seemed like the best time. It is also super fitting that I’m launching this on World Book Day. I love when life works out like that.
It all started when I purchased the book Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence. If you haven’t heard of it then I’d recommend you check it out. Basically Spence, a librarian, has written love letters and break-up notes to the books she’s come across in her life. She talks to the books about what they mean to her and how they impacted her life. It’s super adorable and a really wonderful read. What you get is more intimate than a review but it still tells you much about the books. It also inspired me to do something similar here. Starting tomorrow.
I’d always wanted to do a series about books that influenced my life but wasn’t sure how to structure it. Thankfully Annie Spence came along and showed me the way. So, as I’m turning 30, I decided I would spend the rest of the month writing letters to the books I’ve read throughout my life. Both positively and negatively. I will write disgustingly fawning letters to the books I’ve loved and cruelly tear apart the ones I’ve hated. Hopefully it will be fun and give a better insight into my past as a reader. I never know who to deal with books I’ve already read. I’m always tempted to review them but it seems silly unless I read them again… and we all know I don’t have time for that. This is a way to introduce you all to my favourites and least favourites in a less analytical way.
Within the duration of the project I will post a photo of the chosen book to Instagram using the hashtag #30booksformy30th whilst posting the accompanying letter on my blog. Of course, it scares the shit out of my that I’ll be blogging every single day but I’ll try and push through. I’m currently hoping I can keep up with my normal schedule but, if it gets too stressful I might put an end to my Wednesday bookish post. We’ll see.
So, what do you guys think? Are you interested to hear my intimate letters to the books I’ve loved and hated? Would you be interested in joining me? Let me know here or on my accompanying Instagram post. Otherwise, I’ll see you tomorrow.
Who is Murdocal? A casual critic who is a little bit too obsessed with pop culture. A young woman who swears and rants much more than she knows she should whilst trying to make her way in an adult world she isn't prepared for. A not as recent as she'd like literature graduate who, between job applications and subsequent rejections, has turned to the internet to fight the boredom and review the shit out of everything.
"Maybe, just maybe, I'm the faller. Every family has someone who falls, who doesn't make the grade, who stumbles, who life trips up. Maybe I'm our faller."