Meet the Book Nerds

img_5886B. J. and Barb Fischer were married on May 23, 2016.  There was only one catch.  He was living in Michigan and she was living in Toronto.  Both English Majors, they decided to read a “project book” each year…starting right after the honeymoon.  For 2016 it was War and Peace and for 2017 it was Infinite Jest.  They blogged about their experiences, which then led to this blog on what they’re reading…and other stuff.

File_000As 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.

BJ Fischer

IMG_3008I 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.

Barb Fischer

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