Reading Journal

I took a class in college that required I read a book a week. There were about ten people in the class and we sat around a table, bleary-eyed from staying up too late finishing the book that was due that day. And we talked. About books. We said, “YES! I got that, too.” And we said, “I disagree. I don’t think that’s what he/she meant at all.” We drank coffee and took notes and laughed and rolled our eyes and yawned.

I miss that class.

I miss reading and discussing what I’ve experienced beyond “I liked it” or “I couldn’t get past the first chapter.” And here’s the other thing: discussing writing helps me to write. It makes me better. It’ll make you better, too.

In these pages under “Reading Journal” you’ll find notes about what I’m reading. Are my notes always grammatically correct? NO. They’re notes jotted down between car rides to and from school or while I’m waiting for the washing machine to finish or while one kid is at piano or baseball practice. I’m not an editor or a professional literary critic. I’m a reader and these are my opinions and personal preferences. Don’t take them too seriously, but do participate, if you want. I’d love to know what you think of these books, too.

There is a drop-down menu under the “Reading Journal” tab. You’ll find my journal entries there. Happy reading!

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