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.
I have to be honest, I don’t quite know how I feel about this book. I didn’t dislike it. I read it quickly and it kept me interested. But I didn’t like it. Truthfully, maybe I am just not the right demographic for this book. Who knows. The (unnamed) narrator of the book lives in … Continue reading My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh
Just finished Christopher Moore’s Noir, which I borrowed from Barb after she bought it at Literati. You can see her review here. We think this is the first time we’ve both reviewed the same book, not counting our annual reading project. First, until I read the afterword, I didn’t realize that Moore was born in … Continue reading Review: Noir by Christopher Moore
The interesting thing about reading books and then reviewing them is that you need to figure out why you like it (or not) and then explain it. In my first year art history class, we went to the university’s art gallery. The professor said for us to look at the painting, and ask ourselves the … Continue reading Clock Dance by Ann Tyler
See what I did there? By the book…it’s a book blog… Anyway… So this is my first fourth of July living in these United States. The first thing I will say is it’s definitely a different experience than how Canadians celebrate Canada Day (which was July 1st). I will say that Canadians are better (more … Continue reading Fourth of July! By the book…