Monday, September 14, 2009

Introduction

Welcome to my blog! I'll make this introduction short so I can get down to the business of blogging. I'm an unemployed librarian with waaay too much time on my hands, so I decided to start writing about my two favorite subjects: books and desserts. Well, all kinds of cooking, but desserts mostly. My idea of a wonderful day is reading a good book and eating something delicious. Preferably chocolate.

I won't claim that I have many qualifications to review books -- I wasn't a lit major so I can't profess to know too much about literary theory or criticsm. The little I know I picked up in my children's lit classes in library school (which were by far my favorites). I just read a lot of books -- I think I've read about 90 so far this year, so I should easily finish more than 100. A few years ago I realized I was sadly deficient in my knowledge of classic literature, so I've been trying to read the books and authors I somehow missed in high school and college. I also enjoy children's literature, both classic and current. I belong to several book groups so I'll probably include some of those selections as well.

As far as cooking goes, I actually have some credentials. After I finished journalism school and suffered through two terrible jobs, I decided to pursue a lifelong dream and go to cooking school. I received a culinary certificate and also cooked professionally (mostly making desserts) for about five years. I also worked for about nine months as a professional restaurant critic for a free weekly newspaper with a circulation of about 90,000. So I'm pretty confident writing about cooking, restaurants, and food in general.

OK, time to start blogging!

9 comments:

  1. Yay Karen! I'm so glad you've got this going now. I'm going to go read your first review.

    And ps - you are plenty qualified to talk about books. Your comments in book club over the last year way more than convince me of that!

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  2. Hi Karen. Welcome to the book blogging community. We have something in common: books and chocolates!

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  3. Thanks! I'll try to be clever and witty. And what's not to like about reading and desserts?

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  4. Yeah Karen! This is great! I look foward to your posts on chocolate... and books...and chocolate... :-)

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  5. I always enjoy hearing what you have to say about the books we read at the Classic book group. Now, I can enjoy seeing what else you read and I'm looking forward to reading your reviews here! Plus, I love your blog title. Aren't books and chocolate the greatest?! :)

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  6. Welcome! I look forward to your reviews.

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  7. Welcome!!! Amanda told us all about you so here I am. And I don't think you need any credentials for book blogging -- I certainly don't have them!!! : )

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  8. I came over here from The Zen Leaf, too, to say what a great title. If you have chocolate giveaways occasionally it could be as big a draw as book giveaways!

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  9. Don't worry about qualifications - that's definitely not what blogging is about! I found you via Amanda and came by to welcome you to our happy bookish family :D I hope you enjoy blogging as much as the rest of us have.

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