April, 2020 - I think I'm going to shut From My Bookshelf down for a while; maybe for good. I've been putting this together for quite a few years now and it's starting to feel a bit more of a chore. I'll keep my Goodreads connected, but with the state of the world right now, I just want to read without worrying about making sure I post something about it. Who knows - when the world starts to make some semblance of sense again, I may start actively posting here again. Until then, as always, happy reading!
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Tuesday Thingers May 13, 2008
Hi! My name is David. I grew up in Florida, but have transplanted myself to Michigan. I've worked at the same job for over 11 years now. I have 2 cats (Pride and Sophie) and a black lab (Mame - she lives with my mom right now as I can't have dogs at my apartment).
As I would have to imagine is the case with anyone involved here, I love books. I have 1 or 2 lying about the place...
A friend of mine introduced me to LT a couple of years ago, and I was originally using it to keep track of the books that I owned that I had read or that I was reading. I quickly realized the scope of the site, and joined up with a lifetime membership (according to my profile, that was Sept 8, 2006), and have since created something of an online love affair with the site! A day doesn't go by (hell, sometimes an hour) where I'm not on there, looking up something or another, checking the talk threads, or just generally perusing my own library from work. I love having this instant access to my books, to be able to check on the spot from anywhere whether or not I already own a book. It's made me (and I'm sure others) more in touch with my library than I have ever been.
Another aspect of LT that I love is the access we have to authors. I have already had 2 great chats with authors (James Dashner for his book The Journal of Curious Letters which I received as an Early Reviewer book and J.F. Englert for his A Dog Among Diplomats through the new LT AuthorChat) and am looking forward to hopefully another lively chat with Meg Waite Clayton as soon as I finish her book, The Wednesday Sisters (another LTER offering).
As for me, I'll read just about anything. My wishlist on Amazon grows exponentially with each blog I read. So many great books out there, so little time to read them all. I've been particularly enjoying Agatha Christie lately (I only recently discovered her!). I have a tendency to read more sci-fi/fantasy and graphic novels than anything else, and I'm trying to break out of that routine and challenge myself as a reader, but that's going slowly. Some favorite books of mine: Patrick Dennis' Auntie Mame and Around the World with Auntie Mame, Fannie Flagg's Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café, Helene Hanff's 84, Charing Cross Road and Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell.
I started this blog as a way to gather my thoughts on what I've been reading, as I was finding that I am reading so much these days, it was becoming increasingly more and more difficult to keep track of it all. So that's it. A little intro to myself. Thanks for stopping by and reading!