My friends Betsy and Megan regularly meet me for lunch to laugh and cry about the madness that is graduate school. I always make sure to update them about my latest literary adventures and it occurred to Betsy one day that I should share my love of books with the world through a blog. Megan quickly agreed. I balked; I wondered why anyone would read a blog about what I’m reading (I’m certainly not famous and even my most devoted friends must get tired of how often I talk about books).
I surveyed a few friends and was surprised to find out that yes, in fact, a blog summarizing what I’ve read would be just the thing. I began to turn the idea around in my head and I started to think that maybe this could work. I like to read and people are constantly asking me for book recommendations. The only real extra “work” would be posting to the blog and I figured if I can raise two kids, go to graduate school full time, work as a graduate assistant and teach high school students, I could probably figure out a blog.
I intend to post every time I finish a book – how often that will be is anyone’s guess. I won’t include children’s books because that would get a bit cumbersome, but I will include everything else that I read. The genres will range from adolescent literature to poetry, biographies to historical fiction, and everything in between.
I still can’t imagine that anyone will actually read this but if nothing else, it will make for an interesting compilation to share with my students. I plan to include a picture of the book in question, the genre, the page count, the publication date, a summary of the book and whether or not I would recommend it, a blurb about what may be deemed offensive or inappropriate (particularly important if the book is being considered for a classroom) and a particularly noteworthy excerpt from the book.
With that said, Welcome to Bridget’s Bookshelf!