Barely Read is edited by me, Paul a 39-year-old living in suburban SE London or NW Kent (whatever floats your boat). I live with my Wife and 2 little boys Connor 7 and Callum 4 (they are quite cute really), so reading and blogging time has to be fitted in around this and of course holding down a full-time job, well the mortgage has to be paid after all!
Why have you created this blog?
I love to read, and I love all things bookish. There is nothing better than sharing your thoughts on a freshly read book and seeing as I’m not a member of a book group this I thought would be the next best thing. I cannot promise that it will be updated daily, but it will be updated as often as time will allow.
Whats the meaning of the blogs title Barely Read?
Two reasons really. Barely read was the name of a second-hand bookshop that I loved to visit. The shop floor was complete chaos, which added to the appeal of the place. If you visited with a particular author or title in mind you more often than not had to rummage for hours in piles of books on the floor in the hope you would discover what you had came in for. The other main reason for the blogs title is that I feel like I have ‘barely read’ anything that the more bookish among you have already enjoyed. If you listed the 100 best-selling novels of all time, or indeed any list of western classics, then read almost none of them, this with the help of this blog I hope to change.
So if you have barely read anything why start a book blog?
Well one of my resolutions for this year was to read more. Not just more, but wider. I have mainly in the past read from the crime and mystery genre, but I want to read some of the classic novels that has made english literature such a fascinating subject. Now I know I could just go and study for an English A-level or similar but I want to read for pure pleasure and not for academic study. I have heard it all too often the study of literature turns books into sterile objects and ruins the reading experiance for many. Too often the university graduate cannot help but study and analyse the novel but forgets to enjoy it for what it is. Reading for me is entertainment, and I would like to keep it that way. I won’t just be reading the light novels though. I really want to discover the classics.
So what are your favourite types of books and favourite authors?
I like it all really, well when I say all I can’t really include romance. I like social history, crime fiction, mystery, the Booker prize list fascinates me. I have lots of books on all types of subjects, fiction as well as non fiction. I haven’t got a particular favourite author although Oscar Wilde, EM Forster, and PG Wodehouse I could read all day.
Anything else that we should know?
I have a particular weakness around the subject of punctuation. I’m just not very good at it. So if, during the reading of posts on this blog you happen to see a particular mistake in the punctuation department, please bear with me, I’m sure to get better at it as I go on. Just don’t tell Lynne Truss, I’m not that keen to have her eating and shooting her leaves in my direction!
Thats about it really, this blog will help me on my reading journey. I’d like you to come with me on this journey, nothing like a bit of companionship along the way. If you enjoy my reading journey then let me know.