That said, I love books. I don’t remember not being able to read or wanting a book more than anything else. I was raised by an English teacher who also loved to read and so from a pretty early age, I engaged in dialogue about what I was reading. And yes, I was one of those who read by flashlight when I was supposed to be asleep.
So, I chose to be an English major because I realized that I could get a diploma for doing this. And, I became an English teacher because I thought I could get paid for it. (I was wrong about that one!) After I left the classroom, I helped to start one book club to feed my addiction. When I moved from that area, I coerced my way into an already established one. (;-) to my SOC sistas.)
And because that still doesn’t seem to be enough, I created a blog to write about my reading, but also because I wanted to force myself to write more. While I love reading and writing about books, I’ve also realized that that I have other loves – mainly cooking and photography – and I want to feel empowered to write about those things too.
So instead of now having just a book blog where occasionally I’ll write about other things, I’ve expanded Babbette’s Book Blog to Lit&leisure – where you’ll find lots of book talk but other stuff as well.
Thanks for visiting -
PS – Some have asked about the name, Babbette. No, it isn’t my real name. I’ve always wanted a pen name, and while reading Suite Francaise I came across the pet name for one of Némirovsky’s daughter’s whose real name was Elisabeth. I fell in love.
PPS – I do have an employer and the views expressed on Lit&leisure are my own and do not reflect the views of my employer.