The Opening Line

December 30, 2015
Moby Dick“Call me Ishmael.”
– Herman Melville, Moby Dick
Or, uh, well, don’t. Call me Jackie.
Notes from Underground“I am a sick man… I am a spiteful man.”
– Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes from Underground


Actually, I’m neither of those things. I am a female bibliophile with a passion for sharing my opinions and discussing literature.

Catcher in the Rye“If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.”
-J.D. Salinger, The Catcher In The Rye

What really matters is that I understand we share a passion. An addiction, perhaps. We both love books. Reading, debating, discussing– we just love books. And I recognize the struggle one has with the pile of unread books at your disposal. After all, how is one to choose a book from the piles and piles?

Tsundoku is a Japanese slang word. It means “the act of leaving a book unread after buying it, typically piled up together with other such unread books on shelves, floors, or nightstands.”

This is our curse.

The pile is large. Unwieldy. Massive. How do we know where to begin? Which book gets selected next from the pile? After all, the pile grows faster than we can read.

The Unnamable“Where now? Who now? When now?”
-Samuel Beckett, The Unnamable


My quest: To help you identify the next book. To sort through the pile so you don’t have to. To find the needle in the haystack, the diamond in the rough.

What follows will be a series of book reviews. The hope is that by my own digging through the piles of literature I can make your piles smaller. I will weed out the good from the bad, and I will help us escape our purgatory of tsundoku.

You can find the details of my review format and my review policies under the About section of the top menu. Each week I hope to publish two reviews, and each week I hope we can dig deeper into our To Be read (TBR) piles to sort The Good Ones from the bad.

Slaughterhouse Five“All this happened, more or less.”
-Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five



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