Some are simple and straightforward: "Mother died today." - Albert Camus, The Stranger
Some are vague and foreboding: "124 was spiteful." - Toni Morrison, Beloved
Some are humorous and easily recognizable: "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife." - Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
And some set up the central issue of the novel right from the beginning: "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." - Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
I wish that all of my reflections had led me to some grand way of introducing this blog, but I've never been very good with beginnings (or titles - I'm the queen of bad puns). It's something I'm hoping to work on in the future. For now, here is my best attempt at a meaningful opening.
I'm Allison, a former English major who, after six years and two degrees, has rediscovered her love of literature.
It is by no means impossible to fall in love with literature while in school; in fact, I discovered many of my favorite books while I was a student. But my recent experience in graduate school, while productive and formative in many ways, did a number on my ability to simply enjoy good literature as such, and it is only in the newfound freedom of my non-academic life that I have rediscovered the simple pleasure of a good book.
I have the distinct privilege of being married to Jordan, a fellow book lover and literary nerd.
Together we are quite literally building our home one book at a time. We have each moved six times in the last two years (and two of those moves were across the country), and we never left a book behind; in fact, our collections only grew. We dream of one day living in a home with a bona fide library complete with wingback chairs.
This blog is where I come to talk about what I'm reading (and perhaps watching), as well as the ups and downs of the writing process. You'll also find stories about our life as newlyweds, ranging from my adventures in amateur cooking to the DIY projects I plan to tackle as we settle into our first apartment and try to make it a home.
We are the book lovers. And welcome to our nest.