The blurb for the panel discussion says:
Saturday, 8th Dec, 3pm. Venue is the Arts House.I've no doubt that Deepika and Sharon will be thoughtful and insightful. It was obvious to me, from reading their blogs.
A treat for book lovers out there, World Wide Web of Words – Literary Blogs, brings together online communities of readers and writers. Thoughtful and insightful, our panelists will talk about their favourite page-turners and web pages! Log on and join in the fun!
It's for the audience to judge.
To be honest, I find it hard to explain why I like certain books or authors without rambling.
If I had to be brief, I'd tend to say, "They moved me."
So much for being insightful.
And I can't say I know the "literary works". I've only read one Man Booker Prize book to date. I'm quite weak in my readings for Singapore Literature and Asian Literature.
At one point, I wondered if I've made a mistake by agreeing to be in the panel. I don't want to disappoint the audience, especially.
But an email from an author gave me a confidence booster.
Ivan, I am a children’s poet/author ... ... I have to say, your book review blog in THE best list I have ever seen for boys. I know you didn’t intend it to be exclusively for boys, but wow. Really. Wow. Keep up the good work. sara holbrook www.saraholbrook.com
Wow. Thank you, Sara!
I don't know Sara personally. Haven't read her works either (but that'll soon change!)
She must know her stuff though (about my book blog being "much more of a boy focus", as she explained in a subsequent email):
Her husband (www.michaelsalinger.com) is also a teaching artist/poet. She keeps herself updated on Young Adult (YA) literature by reading book reviews. Like those from this blog, belonging to her friend (whom I found out was a professor of children's and YA literature).
Hmm... come to think of it, I tend to read books that would interest guys more.
I started RoughNotes in July 2004 (it was it was RawNotes on blogger, before I migrated to Wordpress.com). At the start, I took pains to explain that it wasn't a blog about book reviews.
Three years later, it remains as my "digital dump" for the stuff that I've read.
Except that thanks to Sara, I'm seeing my blog in a different light. :)