What IS This Blog?
For so many people, reading is a solitary escape, a place to retreat when life becomes too hectic. Most books are read on trains and beaches and bedrooms, never to be discussed outside of a reader’s own thoughts. There are small pockets of community book clubs or the ephemeral quick-spin through literature classes, but readers, for the most part, are a lonesome folk.
I lived many years of my life as one of these readers, eventually growing tired of this and transforming into “that weird chick” who would tell, at length, any passerby what she was reading and what she thought of it. I realized what I was doing but couldn’t help myself; it just came pouring out at a slight mention of something I had read.
After so many years of relentlessly pursuing bookish conversation only to find people glancing away, looking for an excuse to leave or talk about something else, I decided to try a different approach. This is that approach. I can freely ramble on about the books I have read, am reading or plan to read without boring the socks off of my loved ones who would prefer to get back to listing reasons why it’s still ok to chant “Yankees Suck” after Dave Matthews Band concerts .
My poor, dear friends and family can now choose when and how they will discuss books with me. I have, of course, been somewhat relentless in discussing and promoting the blog; although now it is a much shorter, yet also wider, (Oh, you also have a blog? Neat!) topic. So far, this seems to be held as a fair compromise.
I was a political science major and my reading tends to reflect that. I find the most comfort in deep reads with a basis in post-modernism, existentialism or surrealism. I adore historical fiction and am also a sucker for Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Steinbeck (it is possible that I may have a tattoo inspired by East of Eden). I have, of course, been known to proudly kick back with a good beach read every now and then and have, from time to time been caught knee deep in YA piles.
So, that is the long version.
The short version?
I’ll read everything and anything and I’ll talk your ear off during and after.
When not reading, I can be found (literally) running a wonderful little private preschool in heart of my fabulous city. Education and learning are everything to me and I love to get my hands dirty. It’s the only way to teach or learn, really.
I also spend a fair amount of time with the four males in my house: a 28 year old husband, a 3 year old son, a 7 year old mutt and a 4 year old pit-ridge back mix (whose acquisition may or may not have had anything to do with my John Steinbeck obsession). We are also anxiously awaiting the arrival of our soon to be newest family member, coming to a sleepless night, near you, this November!
That’s all there is to tell aside from what you will gather from my endless book talk. I hope you enjoy your stay, here!