I’ve been a bookworm as long as I can remember – and a bookwyrm ever since I first saw the ‘book dragon’ meme floating around on Facebook. I was the kid who was genuinely excited for silent reading time at school, and who never minded seeing book-shaped packages under the tree at Christmas time. I was the teenager who picked up ‘Gone with the Wind’ from the school library because it looked like fun, and I was the young adult who discovered Harry Potter in my first year of university and persuaded all my friends to give it a go even if it was a children’s book.
Now, as I plunge headlong towards forty, I am the sort of person who has piles of books everywhere. Books I’ve bought and read are stacked on my shelves, still looking for a permanent home in a logical place (alphabetically by author for fiction, grouped by subject for non-fiction). Books I’ve bought and haven’t yet read are piled haphazardly in the living room, on my bedside table, and on the top of bookshelves. Library books cluster in cheerful piles throughout the house, sorted and re-sorted by topic, by priority, by due date. Even my Kindle is full of books I’ve downloaded in a burst of enthusiasm but haven’t yet found the time to read – 55 of them in a folder marked ‘To Be Read,’ while others lurk in other places, forgotten until I find them while browsing. I like to have interesting reading material always at hand, though I do sometimes wish I could find a way to make the piles more manageable.
Why have I decided to begin a blog? Well, because out of all the reading that I do, there are certain books which stand out – beautiful books, brilliant books, thought-provoking books which I long to share with others. There are books I want to discuss, and books I want to write about so that I can get my thoughts about them in order. I have wonderful friends and family who read certain types of books (self-help, fantasy, historical romance), but no one who shares my interest in discussing the books I read, and no one who is quite so enthusiastic about leapfrogging across the library catalogue to sample different authors, different genres, different topics.
So here I am, slowly figuring out how WordPress works so that I can establish a little corner of the internet to share my thoughts on an eclectic array of wonderful books. I’m sure it will take some time to get my head around what I want to do with this blog, but I hope that in time it will welcome other bookwyrms like myself, folks who might just devour a Holocaust memoir, a Jennifer Cruisie novel, and a tome of epic fantasy in one week, all with equal enjoyment.
So many books, so little time. – Frank Zappa