As you can see from Barb’s intro, reading brought us together. For what it is worth, I didn’t really like the Tom Robbins I was reading when she reached out to me. Here’s a picture of me reading when Barb and I were on vacation. For the record, I am reading Lucky Bastard by Joe Buck, which is better than you might think it would be.
We’re hoping this blog finds readers who like discussions about books. From time to time, something else might find its way in, but more or less we’re here to talk about our love of reading. I don’t have a kindergarten story like Barb, but I will tell you that my gateway drug was Matt Christopher’s books about sports. I read each one of them in the Conneaut School library, probably more than once and always when I was supposed to be asleep.
I should start this with a bit of an introduction …I’m Barb Fischer. I’ve always been an avid reader. The word on the street is that when I went with my mom to meet my kindergarten teacher for the first time I told her that I only wanted to go to school to learn to read. Then I spent another 16 years in school and got an English degree.
The way my husband and I met was online – a dating site, yes! His ‘one of the reasons you should message me’ was: if you want to know what I am reading. I took the bait and asked what he was reading – it was Skinny Legs and All by Tom Robbins, (if you are interested). I was reading my first and last Philip Roth book. And yadda yadda yadda….we got married!
After we got back from our honeymoon, we started a ‘reading project’ (I guess that sounds better than a two-person book club). We decided to read book that no one usually does (but says that they do). We blogged about the experience and I really enjoyed it. So we figured that a blog about books and reading in general (and other stuff too, maybe!) would be kind of cool.
So, I’m reading Angel by Elizabeth Taylor—no, not that Elizabeth Taylor–which I found out about (or, to talk super-hip, “discovered”) thanks to the “What we’re reading” segment of the New York Times podcast earlier this year. I actually bought the real book at Literati, a great bookstore in Ann Arbor. Anyway, this is one of … Continue reading My Literary Home
This is part fairy tale, part supernatural, part love story. Maisie Cothay is…well, let’s say cursed. She was born with the power to kill or resurrect at the slightest touch. As you can imagine, this is a bit of an issue. The story follows Maisie on a quest to find the truth about herself, and … Continue reading What Should Be Wild by Julia Fine
Claire has it all: loving husband, house in Connecticut, lovely baby boy. Then the bottom falls out when Claire discovers her husband and her realtor in the kitchen doing more than making waffles. The story follows Claire’s path to coming to terms with her situation, and being angry about it. She does and says things … Continue reading Regrets Only by Erin Duffy
First off, I am a huge Paul Simon fan. During my moody adolescence I discovered Simon and Garfunkel and they seemed to soothe my tortured soul. I mean “Hello darkness, my old friend…” They got me. By the time I discovered them, they had broken up (mostly) so I had to rely on their back … Continue reading Paul Simon: The Life by Robert Hilburn