Hello world!

I am a lover of literature. From the time I could sit up in my crib, my favorite thing to do has been to turn the pages of a book. Literally. Retention has increased dramatically over the years, but there is no doubt that turning the pages of a book is still my favorite past-time.

I just started working as a bookseller, which only gives me more opportunities to peruse and explore increasingly varied literary creations. I love it. The only difficulty for me is not spending my entire paycheck before leaving the store. I also frequent the local library, which apparently is a controversial issue in my line of work. I never realized this before, but most booksellers regard it as cheating. On my first day of work I pulled out a library book on my break and there was a general outcry. I quote: “Sacrilege!!!” I suppose it makes sense. But let’s be real here. How else am I going to afford my rapid reading rate? And besides, I used to work at a library, so my loyalty is divided. I’ll read whatever I can from wherever I can get it.

As far as what I read: mostly fiction, but I’m challenging myself to stretch my limits and start reading a more varied selection. Hopefully blogging about what I’m reading will give me some incentive to keep this going.

To give you an idea of my taste, here are some of my recent reads:

  • The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  • Song of Ice and Fire Series by George R. R. Martin
  • The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin
  • The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens (audio by Jim Dale)
  • The Magicians by Lev Grossman
  • A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
  • State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

I’ve been listening to book podcasts, reading book blogs, and making recommendations to friends and family for years. I finally took initiative and decided to do it on a regular (and hopefully more widespread) basis. So here’s to a new venue for me to talk about books…my second favorite past-time! Stay tuned!