What can I say? I never have been much for doing things the normal way.
Here’s a little bit about me, how my journey led me to start a blog, and how I intend the blog to run:
I graduated college with a degree in Cross-Cultural Studies. I immediately got a job as an editor for a homeschool curriculum. Now, before you laugh about me being another person who didn’t get a job in my field right out of graduation, I must tell you: I adore my job. I love learning and helping other people learn anyway, but add to that: I get to read for my job, I get to wear whatever I want to work (I’m really not one of those people who enjoys dressing up on a regular basis), and I get to work with a bunch of the sweetest, most wonderful people I’ve ever met.
But as I read through the Tapestry of Grace lesson plans (I work especially with the literature sections), I fell in love with literature. Again. We’ve had several flings before, literature and I, but I think this one will last.
I began to read. And read. And read. I got audio books from the public library to listen to on my 35-minute commute. I discovered that not having homework in the evenings was a beautiful thing so that I could read! (Not that having homework otherwise is really welcome…)
I wanted to read the classics I hadn’t gotten to in school. I wanted to read children’s literature. I wanted to read everything. And so 2013 saw me devour 16 discs of Little Women on audio book, meet Tom Sawyer for the first time, realize I love epistolary novels with The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and others, cry with refugee stories like First They Killed My Father and Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood, and try out comics and graphic novels with The Unwritten and Gaiman’s Sandman series. I regularly borrow from two libraries, my office, and at least three individuals.
I’ve been all over the place. And it’s been wonderful. My final count for 2013 was 123 books.
In September, I realized I want to teach high school (or maybe middle school) literature. I want to help others read and love literature. But in the meantime, while I figure out how to get there without a teaching certification (and reconcile myself to the idea of dressing up 5 days a week – no small task), I’m blogging.
Because in the past few weeks it has come to my attention that my reading has impacted people, both generally (“I see all your reading on Goodreads/Facebook and it made me think I should read more, so I finally picked up that book on my coffee table…”) and specifically (“I’m watching all your book posts for more ideas”; “Solely because of your manifest delight in it, I have purchased a copy of The Book of the Dun Cow and it is on its way to me”).
When I related these to my husband in delight, he responded, “If you want to impact more people, start a blog.”
So that’s why I started blogging: I have a smart husband.
Now, on how the blog will go: Simply put, I intend to write about the books I read. Sometimes there will be some literary analysis; sometimes it will just be my musings. Sometimes the lines blur a bit between those two. Although my intent is for people to love literature more, I will be thoroughly honest. If I hated a book, I will say so, and on what grounds. If I give anything away in the post that might spoil things for future readers of the book, I’ll precede the comment with **SPOILER ALERT** and follow it with **END SPOILER** so it can be skipped if desired.
I think that’s all that needs to be said. On to literature!