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.
According to my Twitter feed, today is Book Lovers Day! How can I pass up an opportunity to celebrate! <throws some confetti> I wrote a whole post about books and why I love them so much, and it wasn’t quite hitting the right note. So here is the thing… I am grateful for books. I … Continue reading Happy Book Lovers Day!
People sometimes ask me “where do you find articles like that” and I am more than willing to reveal my sources. One of them is Arts and Letters Daily, a website run by The Chronicle of Higher Education. The site provides links to academic articles on a wide variety of topics in the humanities. If … Continue reading On learning about the DFW Conference…
In this story, Hannah is just finishing up graduate school in San Francisco. She and her boyfriend Ethan decide to take a few days and drive to Sonoma for a break. Hannah ends up being enchanted (not like in the magical way) with a winery they visit and she starts to question her choices and … Continue reading The Shortest Way Home by Miriam Parker
I was fortunate to have the chance to review the book ‘My Year of Rest and Relaxation’ by Ottessa Moshfegh. (You can find my review here.) Here is the deal: I didn’t love the book. It did keep my attention, it was different but I just didn’t gel with it. Nothing wrong with that, right? The … Continue reading When you have an unpopular opinion on a book