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       Annie (2003-2019)

I’m a recovering English teacher who now works in healthcare. In between, I had a brief stint in sales and even dipped my toe in moonlighting as a photographer, assisting my pro-photographer husband.

That said, I love books. I don’t remember not being able to read or not wanting a book more than anything else. I was raised by an English teacher who fostered my love 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 reading, writing and talking about literature. And, I became an English teacher because I thought I could get paid for it. (I was less than correct on that one.)

But my book club have proven to be the perfect antidote. When I married in 2008, I was invited to join one that had been around for a few years – shout out to my SOC sistas. So, when you see references to book clubs or better yet, search the book clubs category in my posts, that’s the group of ladies I’m referencing.

To supplement my group reading, I created a blog to write about my more comprehensive reading, and also to force myself to write more. While I love reading and writing about books, I’ve also realized that that I have other loves – cooking, playing in the dirt, birds – and I want to feel empowered to write about those things too.

This blog started under the title Babbette’s Book Blog, and if you peruse some of the early posts and think the formatting seems odd, that happened in the transition. Also in the transition, I expanded the expectation for content to go beyond books, so anything that I find leisurely may appear here as well – cooking, travel and other odds & ends.

Thanks for visiting –


PS: I do have an employer and the views expressed on Lit&leisure are my own and do not reflect the views of my employer.