I work as the circulation and interlibrary loan librarian at a university law library to pay the bills until I win the Powerball Lottery jackpot and become a multimillionaire traveling around the world visiting libraries and bookstores and reading all day in exotic locales. Or perhaps I will finally give up on city living and buy a farm, spending my summer afternoons reading and listening to the corn grow.
If you haven’t figured it out, I like to read. This blog is mostly about what I’m reading, not reading (as sometimes happens), and what I want to read. I read mostly print books but have killed two Kindles in five years and now own a Kobo ereader. I have a strange fascination with all things print versus digital. I am also an avid gardener/ wanna-be homesteader and Sundays during the growing season are dedicated to my gardening adventures. Books and gardens I find go together quite well and books about gardening, well that’s almost as good as it gets.
What do I like to read? While I am a vegan, when it comes to books I am an omnivorous reader. Science fiction, fantasy, and literary fiction, nonfiction (mostly essays, history, science, literary biography, diaries and letters, and books about books), and poetry. Favorite authors include Virginia Woolf, Margaret Atwood, Clarice Lispector, Rebecca Solnit, and Adrienne Rich.
I’ve been blogging about books since October 2003. I was listed among the Guardian Unlimited Books’ Top 10 Literary Blogs (article no longer available online) and mentioned by Cynthia Crossen in the Wall Street Journal. One of my blog posts has also made it into a writing textbook where I am now happily torturing college freshman (How Writing Works. Oxford University Press, 2014). In addition I review for Library Journal and sometimes write for Shiny New Books. I do this blogging thing for fun and try not to take myself too seriously (if I ever do, please, someone, let me know).
I welcome your thoughts, comments and reading suggestions (I love book lists!). I encourage respectful disagreement and discussion but reserve the right to edit or delete inappropriate, rude and flame war inciting comments without notice.
Thanks for visiting. Happy reading!
(Last updated: December 27, 2014)