book broads • What I'm Reading


by Angie Eakley
Reading is a solitary endeavor. When the title character in Gabrielle Zevin's "The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry" proposes, he says, "When I read a book, I want you to be reading it at the same time." Ugh. I can't be the only bookworm who melted at that sentiment. You read by yourself, but what you read becomes a part of you, and you want to share that with other people.

Because I've always been "a reader," because I worked in a bookstore for 10 years, because if I'm out with a group of people and they all pull out their phones I pull out a book, and because I always have at least one book with me (two if I think I'll finish the first before I get home), people often ask me what I'm reading. Unless I am actively reading and you walk up to me with that question -- I'm busy…READING -- I am happy to oblige. Probably to a more detailed degree than you'd like.

When Elis asked the phone chain for ideas for the blog, I realized that I would like an outlet to talk about what I'm reading. I didn't give myself any other guidelines, so some essays might be more analytical while others are more directly to the point of the question. I am a girl who on a whim decided to read all the John Grisham books (even, somewhat regretfully, "Skipping Christmas"), so I don't always have logical reasons for the things that I do. It's usually because I'd heard it was good, or I love the author's other work, or I probably should have read it already. Or, you know, because I love a good procedural and may have used my newfound legal thriller knowledge to offer unsolicited legal advice at the slightest provocation.

I think this exercise will make me read more actively, since I will know in the back of my head that I have to have something to say about each book, and I (and the notebook app on my phone) look forward to the challenge.

Yay! Welcome to the blog and I look forward to more plenty more from Angie. -Elis

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