well after all these years i thought
the rhythms and the rhymes
would come so easy
but it's still so hard.
it's the same twelve notes, six strings
and a million little mysteries
in one broken heart.
~andrew peterson "after all these years"
Whenever I click on the Articles and Book Reviews tabs on this blog, I always get a little sense of awe. I spend most of my life living in the future--next deadline, next chapter, next book, next year, do better, read faster--
And then I stop. And pause. And see what God has done.
It's pretty incredible.
Certainly the journey here has gone beyond what I could see or hope for. In the three years of My Lady Bibliophile, this blog has tracked 74,438 pageviews, 317 posts, and 1,728 comments. The top 3 posts are The Lord of the Rings (Part Two), A Happy Birthday Blog Post, and The Lord of the Rings (Part Three). We've enjoyed so much fellowship over the Christian importance of stories and how to read them from a biblical perspective. By the grace of God, this blog will be dedicated to spreading that message for a long time to come.
Last year's theme was best-of. I found in 2013 I often put aside 'best' for 'good'--reading mediocre books for deadlines rather than books I really liked. In 2014 I set out to read books that I was especially interested in, and wrote articles on favorite characters such as animals, friends, heroes, heroines, etc. Blogging was much more enjoyable, and reading was much more rewarding as a result.
I also started merging my writing and reading interests by posting writing articles and launching snippets and character interviews for my WW1 espionage novel, War of Loyalties. That will continue in the months to come!
I was talking to my mom the other day and mentioned that this year was an especially inspiring year on the blog. I was at home for a good deal of it, and had time to think--time to read--time to ponder new themes and learn new things about writing and Christian storytelling that I had never considered before. Principles of biblical fantasy, giving gracious critiques, and trying new genres that I had dismissed in the past. A quiet year is a gift, albeit not without its challenges, and in this instance it helped me lay another foundation piece in my theology of reading. I hope it did in yours as well.
New This Year
I'm still thinking about themes to focus on this year, and when I settle on one I will announce it. In the meantime, I have a lot of ideas in the works for you all to look forward to:
First of all, I have a hobbity kind of book giveaway right around the corner, so stay tuned for that in the next couple of weeks!
This year I have several books that I'm planning (Lord-willing) to read and review: Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment, Anne Elisabeth Stengl's Tales of Goldstone Wood, and an in-depth exploration of L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables series. Anne Shirley sparks some debate, and the more I read her, the higher respect I have for her story. I'm really looking forward to it.
Along the articles line, I have a couple of last 'Best Of' posts in the works, as well as some deep thoughts on romantic affection in literature, and requested articles on writing for God's glory, writing historical fiction, and Christian liberty in reading.
Would you like to see me review a particular book this year? Do you have a subject you'd like me to tackle in an article? Please comment with your suggestions, and I will add them to the queue. :)
Other Ways to Connect
You may have noticed the shiny new social media icons on the upper right blog sidebar! Believe it or not, writing and reading isn't all I do, and I'd love to connect with you on other platforms as well. I'm a Bright Lights ministry leader and attend Bible Study Fellowship meetings. I'm currently studying French, Gaelic, and Greek, and love scrapbooking and jewelry making. I'm also a novelist, and I love watching period drama shows and listening to all kinds of music. I'd love to connect with you about these things on other platforms.
I just launched a Facebook account in November, and this morning I launched a Twitter account. You can keep track of what I'm currently reading on Goodreads, and find beautiful inspiration and a laugh or two on my Pinterest boards.
Let's keep in touch! If you've liked the content you've received here, would you consider following on your favorite platforms? It's a way to spread the word to others, and would help me as I try to spread book reviews and my own novels to as many people as possible. Thank-you so much!
Three years of ever-deepening love for the way God touches hearts through stories.
And here's to many more to come.
The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. ~Psalm 126:3 (KJV)