Welcome! This blog will be dedicated to all things book related including book reviews and recommendations, fun facts, polls, book lists, challenges, and personal musings about any book-related topic. Although I will be the primary poster, there are two of us who will contribute to the bulk of posts on this site. As our blog has grown, we’ve also had the good fortune to be able to add a few wonderful contributors (see below). Over the course of the year we will also invite guest reviewers to cover books outside the genres that we typically read (e.g., non-fiction, etc.).
I’m an avid reader, coffee lover, and mom to a young daughter. I’ve loved reading (and all things book-related) since I was a child. It has developed into a full blown addiction in the last 5 years although I took a short break from reading after I had my daughter (infants are not conducive to reading). I have eclectic tastes and will attempt most genres, although I tend to prefer literary fiction. My latest reading goal is to make it through the 1001 books to read before you die list. I’ll pick plot-driven books over stream-of-consciousness books and I’m a sucker for strong female protagonists (the anti-twilight protagonist). Most of what I read falls into the genre of literary fiction although I also read a fair amount of fantasy and a sprinkling of young adult books depending on my mood.
For a more comprehensive look at the types of books I’ve read and plan to read, check out my Good Reads page.
About BookWorm: Hi my online moniker is Bookworm and I will be collaborating with Jen here in the Readers Room.
What you need to know about me:
1) I love reading
2) I will read anything and everything
3) My favourite genre is post apocalyptic / dystopian fiction
4) I am reading my way through the 1001 Books to read before you die
5) My approach to grading books is significantly less scientific than Jen’s
My grading system
1 star Bah I really hated this would not even pass this to my worst enemy
2 star I really didn’t like this but would consider giving it to my worst enemy for vengeful purposes
3 star this was an enjoyable way to pass the time not great not horrendous
4 star really enjoyed this book there was something about it that made me think
5 star wow I loved this book I am now out recommending it to all my friends, will keep to re read even though I have banned re reads 🙂
Contributor: Nicole: Somebody asked me the other day how I became a reader, and it was a really simple answer … I’ve just always read. The first book I remember loving was a book I got from the Library called The Root Children. Then I remember loving Little House in the Big Woods, and I so wanted to try that Maple Sugar! After that was The Chronicles of Narnia which I’ve read countless times and is still a favorite series to this day. I couldn’t WAIT to try Turkish Delight (I thought it would be more like caramel.) My next book memory was a laugh I will never forget, on page 107 of the paperback version of So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish., what I now call “The biscuit story” and rest assured I wanted to try those biscuits.
Are you sensing a theme? I love every aspect of reading, but I particularly love to recreate experiences I’ve lived through books. I remember climbing the Tor of Glastonbury just after finishing The Mists of Avalon, and pulling into the train station near Dacau concentration camp while listening to that exact portion of the Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.
I’m exited to share some of my food, drink and travel experiences, with novel in hand, here in The Reader’s Room.
Contributor: Kate. A few years ago my New Year’s resolution was to read 100 books. A funny thing happened along the way. I discovered that the books were far more entertaining than any of my hundreds of cable TV channels. I am privileged to have access to 2 extremely well-endowed public library systems and an excellent (read cheap) used book store run by the local library. So did I want to continue to shell out $150 a month for cable TV or get better entertainment for free? Naturally I cut the cord, and I’ve never regretted it for an instant. I am single but cohabitate with two dogs and three cats. No I am not a cat person, I’m really not sure why they are here but they seem to live in my lap when I’m reading.
What do I read?
- I’m a zookeeper by day so I will devour anything in the non-fiction genre related to wildlife, conservation, natural history etc. Some of my favorites are John McPhee, Edward Abbey, David Quammen, and Carl Zimmer.
- As a history buff one of my favorite literary genres is historical fiction.
- A few years ago I dipped one toe into the waters of Discworld and was instantly enchanted. I have been slowly working my way through all 38 volumes because I know that I will shed many tears when I close the cover on the last one. My favorite character is Death. That may explain my profile picture here, though vultures are wonderful creatures. Trust me.
- My zoological training can lead me to instantly dislike an otherwise entertaining book if the author makes one tiny sloppy biological error. I remember one recent novel that I nearly stopped reading after a casual mention of the bones of an invertebrate. PLEASE!
Contributor: Andrew (a.k.a. my nemesis and the master of snark). Note: Andrew has been a slacker and has yet to send me his photo. Until he does so, I get to place the photo of my choosing as a place holder for his profile pic.
Slow and steady wins the race. It also describes my reading style. Having two young kids and trying to get a business off the ground tends to limit my available reading time, but I put in at least thirty minutes every evening. Given that I read at the pace of a drunken mollusk, I don’t read more than a book month. Don’t judge me.
I have widely eclectic tastes, but gravitate towards books that are plot-driven and cleanly written. I don’t need pages and pages of exposition or wandering thoughts. Steinbeck and Hemingway are my heroes. And I loathe authors who gussy up their work with unnecessary prose and try to show that they’re hot shit: looking at you John Irving. When thinking of past favorites these come to mind: Catch-22, Straight Man, Cutting for Stone, and The Tsar of Love and Techno.
Since I read frequently to my 9 year-old daughter, I have strong opinions on young adult books and may post those more frequently than books I read for myself. But most importantly, I hope to bring the perspective of an upper-middle class, white male to this blog. Because that voice just isn’t heard in America anymore.