With much prodding, I'm finally starting a blog and hopefully I'll stick with this.
I love reading, have for as long as I can remember and I'll read most anything put in front of me. It was the reason I decided to major in English in college, even though I never really had a clue what I would do with the degree after graduating. That date passed years ago and while my day to day work doesn't require me to read and analyze literature, I still read with the same enthusiasm as before. I've considered, with much loving badgering from my mother, going back to school for a Masters in English but so far I haven't found a career I would want that requires such a degree and paying tens of thousands of dollars for a very advanced book club seems like a waste of time and money. Don't get me wrong, I would love to go back and if money wasn't a problem or I found a career that requires it I would be there. But right now it seems like a lot to pay for a hobby.
So, my plan for this blog is to write about the books as I'm reading them, random thoughts, questions and probably whatever else pops into my head. I was originally going to start this writing about a book I'd never read before Fluke or I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings by Christoper Moore. But then I finished it before I got around to starting this. Then I started reading Animal Farm by George Orwell for the first time and thought I'd write about that. But I finished that before I got my stuff together. So the first book will be Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, which I last read in high school. Ideally I wanted to start with a book I hadn't read before or even one that isn't quite as well known, but I've bought a lot of books recently and figured I should read (or re-read as it were) a couple books currently on my shelves. I also have a habit of picking up other books so I may randomly have entries about different books or just certain scenes from a different book.
As I mentioned, I'll read almost anything. No really, I've read the entire Twilight series. But my favorite authors are Jasper Fforde, Christopher Moore and Bill Bryson and I read lots of books about Shakespeare as well as the plays themselves. My friends and I also meet for a book club every couple of months and while that club tends to be more focused on drinking wine than discussing books, it gives me a chance to read some books I wouldn't necessarily pick up on my own.
The next entry will actually be about a book