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.
My last blog post was on setting reading goals. It got me thinking about the whole 50 book pledge thing and whether it is a good idea or not. For those who aren’t familiar with this: there is a thing (I don’t know whether to call it a movement or what) where you commit to … Continue reading Taking the 50 book pledge…yay or nay?
So, following up on Barb’s post on reading goals, I thought I would put my own perspective in. I know it is considered declasse by people in the serious literary set, who, it turns out, are drunk a lot. I know, you should love reading and you shouldn’t need goals and all that. Quality over quantity. … Continue reading My take on reading goals
Once the calendar turns over to December, the natural tendency is to start reflecting on the year that was, and for the year that is to come. Some people make resolutions, some people don’t. But there is a vast majority of book nerds who will definitely be making a reading goal. Truthfully, I never really … Continue reading It’s that time of year: reading goals!
A friend recently said to me “I am looking for a book to read, any suggestions?” My initial reaction: my mind goes blank, I can’t seem to remember any actual book titles I’ve read and I break out into a cold sweat. (Ok, not really.) Here is the thing, books are so subjective. Just because … Continue reading On making book recommendations…