A blogger we used to read once said that the hardest thing about blogging was picking it up where you left off after an extended absence. Since that was their last post on any topic, we tend to believe they were right. So we're not going to do that. Instead, we'll take advantage of the new year to start afresh and announce some changes to our blog.
The first and most important is that we now have two new contributors, Ashlee and Iris. Iris is our resident physicist-in-training, but also a very careful and empathic reader that can talk hours about fictional characters' motivations. Ashlee is our resident irreverent teenager who is just now starting to discover that (some of) the classics are fun. She takes no bullshit, though, so the classics will have to live up to their reputation if they're to impress her. Needless to say, we are very happy that these two decided to join our blog. We needed the infusion of enthusiasm and we see great conversations about books in our future.
The focus of our blog will slightly change as well. We're still reading and discussing the classics, but we will expand our reviews to (explicitly) include literary fiction in general, and we are planning some forays into various types of genre literature as well. To give us some structure and motivation, starting in February we'll have a general theme every month (modernism, feminism, all-the-other-things-that-are-awesome-ism) and we're going to try to at least partially reflect the theme in our readings/posts.
That's about it. We hope you had two very productive months and that 2013 is treating you well. Oh yes, and please check out our spiffy new dropdown menu. It may not look like much, but it took two days of sweating and swearing to build it, so we have to show it off.
Regular posting will resume tomorrow.