Welcome to my blog! My name is Hope, and this is going to be my place to talk about all things related to books, reading and maybe a little glimpse into my life.
I live in Texas, where I am a content editor for a business 2 business company. I work closely with trade associations to help them create email newsletters. I love this job for many reasons, but most of all it allows me to learn about different industries and their businesses.
“I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in my life. And I am horribly limited.” -Sylvia Plath
I just love learning – and that extends into all parts of my life. I like to understand the world and the people in it. This, along with the element of escapism, is why I love to read. There has never been a hobby for me as all consuming as reading. However, I do enjoy reading and sewing, and spending time in nature or with my husband and our pets.
While in high school and college, I was always too busy to do much reading but I’ve rediscovered this love since then. Since it’s been a while, I’m not sure what my favorites really are. I never limit myself to one genre or type of book, as you’ll see through my reading adventures. I love historical fiction (particularly Tracy Chevalier) and mysteries. I do have a few reading goals I’m working on however.
First, I have set out to read every book I own. I have obtained books over the years that I’ve never read or finished for various reasons. So intend to do that this year. This seems crazy to me. I don’t think I’ve ever read 100 books in a year, and currently my list is at 90. Yikes.
Another goal of mine is more long term. I want to read as many classics as possible. You’ll notice a lot of books that I own are considered ‘classics’. Even though I live in an apartment right now, I have these grandiose dreams of a library that rivals Belle’s from Beauty and the Beast. And that wouldn’t be complete without Jane Austen, Shakespeare, Dickens and the like (even if I’m not as fond of them).
I hope you’ll join me as I work on exploring every lifetime I can through books while completing my goals. Links for the books I’ve completed and reviewed are below. If they are crossed out – it means I’ve read it!