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.
This book is definitely written in a specific way. What I mean is that Dostoevsky employs some interesting literary devices. I mean, he basically tells you the plot of the book. Who does that? When I mentioned this to BJ, he told me that this was written as a serial. The chapters (according to Wikipedia) which was … Continue reading Brothers Karamazov: Part One, Book Two
The great reading project has advanced to the end of Book 2. We have just finished the rather raucous visit of the Karamazov Brothers to the monastery, in which we find out, in my Mother’s words, “we can’t take [these people] anywhere.” With the exception of the odd section where the starets is talking to … Continue reading Through Book Two
The story follows Kate as she is studying for her Master of Wine exam (which is apparently super hard). She travels back to Burgundy, France to spend some time with her family (who are wine makers) and to get a feel for the wines of the region. During her visit she uncovers a picture of … Continue reading The Lost Vintage by Ann Mah
I have kind of been waiting for this to happen. One of the things with Netgalley is you get the books early and then the grown-up critics weigh in later. This happened recently with The Optimistic Decade by Heather Abel. First, one of the things about reading a book early is you get the book … Continue reading The NY Times Reviews a book I reviewed