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.
One of my favorite guilty pleasures is stories of Hollywood people having badly. Love The Player. Love Entourage. Always a good time. I was therefore naturally attracted to Powerhouse by James Andrew Miller. This is the story of the founding of Creative Artists, the ground-breaking literary agency. (I also read Miller’s book on ESPN). Miller’s … Continue reading Review: Powerhouse/Guilty Pleasure
So while I was up North, my mother and step-father recommended that I read Red Sparrow. They had both read it and they know I like the Americans, so it was kind of like a human Amazon-type thing…. People who like The Americans also liked Red Sparrow…. Anyway, I borrowed their copy and they were … Continue reading Review: Red Sparrow
I am behind on my blog posts on our Karamazov reading project. In my defence I started a new job and life generally got in the way for a couple weeks. Probably not a great excuse, but it’s the only one I’ve got. Originally BJ and I agreed to do two posts about this part … Continue reading Karamazov Brothers Book Five: 2 for 1 Post
Barb bought me Less by Andrew Sean Greer for my birthday last month, and it has been waiting patiently until I had a chance to pick it up about a week ago. Less comes with obvious recommendations, having won the Pulitzer Prize, and I was looking forward to reading it. It is a great book, … Continue reading Less: A Review