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.
It is more or less a coincidence that I am following up a Bill James book with a Rob Neyer book. Neyer is a James protege and a really good writer in his own right. Truly enjoyed his book about going to every game at Fenway Park for a season, for example. I picked up … Continue reading Review: Power Ball
So here’s the thing. I don’t like true crime. Except every time I read a True Crime book, I like it. So go figure. Like the Mardi Link books from up North. Or The Adversary. Or the Monster of Florence. Darker Than Night. No, I don’t like it. I think the whole label thing is … Continue reading Review: The Man From the Train
When we were in Ann Arbor a couple weeks ago, we went over to Nicola’s books. (Literati, we’ll catch you next time.) One of the things I like to do is go over to the Staff Picks section and see what’s there. Buying and reading one of those books will tend to keep you out … Continue reading Review: The Dakota Winters
So, as you might have gathered by now, we’re big Hamilton fans. We went in November to Chicago to see the show and we’ve both listened to the soundtrack about 950 times. Can sing all the words. Etc. So a co-worker loaned me this book (American Emporer by David O. Stewart) about Aaron Burr, mostly … Continue reading Review: American Emperor