Introducing…

Hello all!

This is going to be a blog about bits and pieces of my life and about my love for books. The blog will mainly be following all the books I read in 2011.  (It’s mid February and I have read 6 books so far…)   I have never had a blog before but anticipate it will be slightly journalistic in both senses of the word meaning that I hope the blog will serve as a kind of personal journal but also intend to report in journalistic fashion my experiences with and thoughts on books.

I love reading and always have, ever since I first learned how. I was the kind of kid whom my parents threatened to ground from reading because chores, a social life, going outside, etc. all came at the cost of reading.  (The only thing they ever did though was banish me from reading while at the dinner table, something I still love to do).  I am a lover of books, the definition of a bibliophile.  It makes me rather anxious when I don’t have another book lined up to read.  To me, books are wonderful and magical and I believe that I have experienced a richer and fuller life through reading.  I would like to share some of my life experiences and my love of books and hence I have started this blog.

I mainly read a lot of fiction. I think that fiction gives a person a lens with which to examine their own life and I think there is a lot to be learned about living through fiction.  However, this year I am trying to branch out and read more non-fiction. (We’ll see how that goes…) I also read a lot of young adult fiction because I am the co-founder of a book club called the “Adult Young Adult Book Club” or the AYABC; held at my local feminist bookstore.  It’s a group for adults who wanna read and talk about YA stuff.  (This month is Judy Blume month at the AYABC which I’m super excited about!).  I also adore graphic novels and have a tattoo from my very favorite one; The Adventuress, which is by one of my favorite authors, Audrey Niffenegger.

Some of my favorite quotes about books and reading:

“A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face.  It is one of the few havens remaining where a man’s mind can get both provocation and privacy.”  ~Edward P. Morgan

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”  ~Charles W. Eliot

“Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.”  ~P.J. O’Rourke

“I know every book of mine by its smell, and I have but to put my nose between the pages to be reminded of all sorts of things.” -George Robert Gissing

“You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.”  ~Paul Sweeney

A book must be an ice-axe to break the seas frozen inside our soul.”  ~Franz Kafka

“Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures.”  ~Jessamyn West

“A truly good book teaches me better than to read it.  I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint…. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.”  ~Henry David Thoreau

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