As a first post, I think I should give a little background on myself and what this blog is about.
As a child I loved to read; although, I wasn't good at it. I read a lot, but it was rare that I would actually finish a book completely through. I visited with characters like Ramona, who drove her parents and sister crazy. I stopped by to say 'hello' to Charlie as he explored the candy factory. I even peeked in on Gilly Hopkins. Thanks to the library, I'm able to borrow these children's novels and finally find out what happened to them.
When I got Junior High, I skipped over young adult novels. In the few books I read in the genre, I found the characters to be unrelatable. Having gone back to read many of the young adult novels, I've come to the conclusion that this is more of a reflection on where I was than on the genre as a whole. Although, I do tend to think some of it had to do with the limited selection in my small town library.
Instead of the young adult genre, I mostly read classics. They were often in the $.99 bin, so my mother brought many of these home and I devoured them as fast as I could. By the time I reached High School, I had already read many of the required reading assignments. If our book reports were limited to a selection of books the teacher had given us, chances were I had read at least one of them.
As an adult, I keep track of the books I finish each year. I keep a low-end goal of reading 3 books a month or 36 books a year for the past four years. I've exceeded this goal each year, but I still think that 3 books a month is just right for me. It ensures that I'm keeping active in reading, while not limiting other activities in order to attain it.
I decided to start this blog after realizing that I start a lot of books each year that I never finish. The reasons can vary from book to book. I thought it would be interesting to not only keep track of and review books I complete, but to give impressions of books I don't finish, as well.