As my primary blog blossomed, the time finally came when another one was due of its own lifeform. I've got a category called "Books" there and with the help/encouragement of www.goodreads.com/tonyalit, for the first time in ages, I'm actually keeping track of what I'm reading. It makes it easy to think about what I'm reading, what I've read, and has encouraged me to share my thoughts online about them. The last time I was a part of a reading community was grad school towards my masters in English. With 6 more classes to go and a good deal of time (and additional financial need) before I get back to that, I have really been craving the chance to share literary thoughts with fellow bibliophiles.
The girl in the Johann Georg Meyer von Bremen painting, The Reading Girl, could easily be me. I've always had a book in tow. I have "The Reading Girl" calendar featuring other famous paintings of girls immersed in the glory of a book. Pure bliss! At the end of the year, I'll pull it apart to frame each of them for my office wall.
My 8 year old daughter carries more than one book with her on a car trip around the corner! Mirrored image of me and I am so damned proud!
I can't really read more than one novel at a time. I have tried. It doesn't work for me. A non-fiction book when I'm reading a novel is another thing, though.
I was the rude child who towed a book to every family outing and the trip to church and the trip... anywhere. Over time, the relatives just left me alone "in her book". I guess to them, it kept me quiet. For me, as long as books are around me and I have one on my lap that I'm soaking in - I'm pacified.
Even though I'm writing my own novel, I have to read Somebody Else's Book, too. I just do. It's what I do... I read and write. Sounds so boring, but it's not.
So after I read a book, I'll post it on goodreads and my own site here...
Here's my toast as I open my little reading corner to the world...
Links to the posts of my previously written thoughts of books will be noted here. After that, my original thoughts will be here. Some of the earlier ones are cautiously short. I'm not a fan of giving away so much of the book, so in many cases I don't offer spoilers. I just share my thoughts on how the story kept me enthralled or how it didn't. I have to escape and I expect the stories I read to take me away to the world that author envisioned in such a way I think I am there.
I don't want to know I'm reading it; I just need to be there.
by Tonya Rice