I read a lot. Reading is my way out of here. By which I mean: life can be hard, it’s not always what we want it to be, but books make it easier. Whether it’s through uplifting fiction that sends me to a happier place, or through books that present the stories of other people’s lives and help me gain perspective about my own, books are my escape route.

This blog is a collection of my book thoughts. It’s rare that I write what might be called a standard review. More often than not I write essays about how books make me feel and how they relate to my life and my view of the world.

In 2023, I decided to liberate myself from the tyranny of rating books. A year or so before that, I’d moved my ratings from the top of the blog post to the end, because they didn’t feel so important to me. When I started this blog, I used to have a page explaining my rating system. In recent years, I’ve found awarding stars an arbitrary thing, sometimes at odds with what I’ve written in the review, often an immediate reaction that changes as a book continues to travel with me and develop meaning. The review is the rating.

I’m happy to have a conversation about books and about my take on books. Feel free to respond with your own thoughts, but be polite. Reading is pleasure, there’s no need to be rude or antagonistic. If you’re either of those things, I’ll congratulate you on your passion and thank you for your contribution, then move on. It’s interesting to discover other people’s viewpoints on different matters, but I’m not here for an argument.


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