|Please note that I do not endorse the use of books as chairs or footrests. Unless they're math books.|
Novels. Poetry. Drama. Characters. Literary themes. The life and adventures of being an avid reader. These are the types of things this blog discusses.
As a library shelver,
I was allowed to spend hours
touching hundreds and hundreds of books.
And they PAID me to do it!
I live in suburban Wisconsin, in the same city where I was born and raised. I was home-schooled, went to a community college for two years and then a state university for two more years, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Literature with a minor in History.
Professionally I been a library shelver, data entry/technical writer, and my current job description includes reception, web development, copy writing/editing, and content marketing. My professional goal is to eventually focus more on writing and editing.
In leisure hours I like visiting libraries, bookstores, and museums, heckling television, perusing antique malls, and walking or going on nature hikes. I enjoy cooking, embroidery and quilting, and kayaking. My personal goal isn’t all that unique: I hope to publish some of the novels I’ve written over the years.
As a Christian, I believe the Bible is a true revelation of who God is and how Jesus paid for all the sins of the world by dying on a cross and resurrecting three days later. I attempt to base all of my other convictions on this foundation, both personal and political.
While perhaps irrelevant to much of this blog, I do sometimes discuss racism, sexism, and other serious issues. My personal experience in this area is limited to what a woman of European descent can understand or empathize.
Above all, my blog is centered on the belief that reading should be fun.
Nowadays many people are trained to analyze literature until the pleasure’s been strained out with a sieve, either in school or college or simply slogging through dense literature without adequate preparation. This is an unjust stereotype of books; not only is there serious, thematically-deep literature out there -- which worth the slogging -- there are plenty of light, fun, adventurous books that pique the imagination.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “In reading there is a sort of half-and-half mixture. The book must be good, but the reader must also be active.” I am attempting to discipline myself into thinking critically about what I read. While I try to learn from the books I read and put the principles they teach into practice, this doesn’t mean I can’t have a little fun questioning, critiquing, or even parodying certain stories or characters.
I hope you’ll see the huge variety of literature that’s available out there, and to learn to love reading as I do.