Wednesday, January 21, 2009

As Though There Weren't Enough Blogs about Books...

Hi! Welcome to Corrodentia Weekly. I recently read some advice that if you want to start a blog, you should write about something you are passionate about, something that you can commit to writing regularly about, something that has enough interest and variety and scope that you can continue writing regularly about it indefinitely. Only one topic came to mind for me.

I proudly confess to being a bookworm. Each year, I read for pleasure 75-100 novels, memoirs, nonfiction accounts, comic books/graphic novels, and whatever else takes my fancy. I also read a few magazines regularly, work a regular day job where much of my time is spent writing and editing, and I run a freelance proofreading/copyediting business on the side - which, to be honest, I started because I thought it might be a good way to get free (albeit unpolished) books to read. The order Corrodentia in the animal kingdom is the order to which booklice and other book-eating insects belong, hence the name of the blog. I almost literally devour books. My most-craved diet consists of mysteries, narrative nonfiction, memoirs, women's fiction, prize-winners (I have a special place in my heart for many Booker prize-winners), a variety of comics/graphic novels, and young adult fiction - but I will really read anything that is well-written with excellent characters and a good story. And I will not pull punches if I read something I hate.

My intent here is simply to share my bookworminess with the world. I may write about particular books or authors I love, or I may share websites or other things I come across that are likely to be of interest to fellow book lovers. And I may occasionally just rant about something random that's on my mind, but I do plan to connect everything back to books in some way, some shape, some form. The Weekly part of the blog name indicates that I really do intend to write something at least weekly here. There are times I will not be able to do it more often than that, but at least once a week, you'll hear from me.

So. Welcome. I am excited to share what I know and learn from others. I don't really believe the doom-and-gloom predictions that the death of the book is imminent, but I still plan to do what I can to interest people in books and keep them reading. I'm glad to have you along to help me out.

1 comment:

  1. Jen, how funny! I just started a book blog, too! Great minds, huh? It's over at There isn't much there yet, but it's a work in progress. If you don't mind, I'll add you to my blogroll!