About

I love to read.

Since I was a child, I’ve always enjoyed spending my money on books and my time devouring them.

In elementary school, I loved reading the Hardy Boys, Babysitter’s Club, Choose Your Own Adventure, and Encyclopedia Brown books. In intermediate school, I moved on to Michael Crichton. In high school, I read John Grisham, Tom Clancy and classic American literature such as the works of Ernest Hemingway and Nathaniel Hawthorne. I also really liked reading from the Norton Anthology of American Literature and the Norton Anthology of World Literature, which I was required to purchase in high school.

Today, I read all sorts of books and am a member of several book clubs. Many years ago, I read almost exclusively fiction (in the form of novels and novellas) — pretty typical of women as I understand it. I rarely read Grisham or Clancy though I do enjoy a good novel every now and then. My favorite piece of modern fiction is easily Shopgirl: a Novella by Steve Martin.

I’ve slowly expanded my horizons and now read a vast amount of books about science & medicine (must be the MIT alum in me) and business books. I also enjoy reading books about world religions and spirituality, particularly books that highlight the similarities between different religions.

I’ve been told that I’m an exceptionally fast reader, though I often have trouble recalling specific details about each book I read. I like to re-read some of my favorite books so in that sense it’s good that I forget a lot of what I read.

And so I’ve thought for some time now that I would benefit from writing a little bit about each book I read. I mean, I have kept a list of Books I’ve Read since 2002 and that has certainly helped me remember what I’ve read, but I think doing a bit of writing will help even more!

So I intend to use this blog to keep a journal of the books I read.

I will write in it as frequently or infrequently as it suits me.

I expect to write a little bit about every book I read and to write about ones that I hear about and want to read, but no guarantees!

I’m always looking for new books to read and I’d love to hear your suggestions!

P.S. This is my first (and only) blog so forgive me and let me know if I don’t follow the usual protocols/manners.

10 responses to “About

  1. Pingback: About - Updated! « Adventures in Reading

  2. toujoursjacques

    Hello. It’s TJ, just wanting to say again how happy I am to have found your blog. I’m pretty new at blogging. What I find so refreshing about your site is the fact that you read (or at least seem to read) mostly non-fiction, as do I. That’s rare among the book bloggers, so very refreshing. I see you don’t have a blog roll. I was hoping tuo find out what other blogs you read that talk abot non-fiction (not necessarily exclusively, but substantially). Thanks! and Great Job!

  3. Thanks TJ! Yes I mostly read non-fiction though I enjoy both. I actually don’t read many blogs but I find out about new books to read mostly through reading the New York Times, the Economist, and the Atlantic. Enjoy!

  4. The New York Times, The Economist, and The Atlantic. Hmmm. That’s exactly what I read! Then again, I write for The Economist, so you would expect me to read it too.
    This is actually a really typical combination for a certain American demographic. Could I ask what draws you to The Economist? Does it fill a different, or the same, need as the other two?
    (Oh, and how did you manage to hide the hyperlink under the words in comment mode? I’m trying to do that too.)

  5. How long have you written for The Economist? What’s it like to work there?

    I like The Economist because it’s timely, educational and informative. As a friend once said, “Reading the Economist makes you feel smart.” I love The New York Times, but I feel The Economist covers a lot more foreign issues and also provides more in depth information. And The Atlantic is fantastic and provides even more in depth information, but is limited in breadth by being a monthly publication.

    As for the hyperlink, I just used basic HTML code. Just type <a href="http://URL"&#062; before the words to hyperlink and </a> after the words to hyperlink (substitute URL with the URL you want to hyperlink).

  6. I’ve been writing for The Economist for almost eleven years now. In three continents. It’s a fascinating place and culture. Worth a book in itself.
    This HTML makes me feel inadequate indeed, but I’ll do my best. :)

  7. That’s quite a career. What cities has working for The Economist taken you?

    How many offices does The Economist have and how many employees worldwide?

  8. I started in London, the moved to Hong Kong, and then to San Francisco.
    We’re a surprisingly small outfit. Maybe 70-ish journalists worldwide, including editors. So most foreign bureaus are actually just one guy or gal with a laptop somewhere.
    It has the feel of a large family, occasionally dysfunctional and chaotic but tight and effective most of the time. Lots of eccentrics. Lots of humor–er, humour.

  9. How old would you say most of the staff is? I would imagine that there are few young people right out of college working there, but that’s just a guess.

    How did you end up working at The Economist ?

  10. When I started, I was in my late twenties, and there were one or two in their early twenties. Then you have the entire age spectrum up to Methuselah-n. Many people picture Oxford Brits with tweed jackets and beards, and we have had a few of those. But everything else as well. Tenure tends to be long, turnover low.

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