The Book-It List was borne out of a desire to read every single book ever published, and a realisation that a lifetime just wasn’t going to be long enough.  A quick internet search suggests that an estimated 130,000 books are published every year, and that’s just in the UK.  How are we to narrow down this dizzying cornucopia, so we don’t end up with a bookshelf of partially thumbed nearly-reads?

I guess we just get stuck in.  We’ll therefore put on our reading wellies and wade through the sea of literary wheat and chaff, rummaging through book shops, charity shops and our libraries.  We’ll be raiding our friends’ bookshelves,and pestering them for recommendations.  We’ll be scouring literary reviews and checking out prize-winners to see if they deserve their hype.

And of course we want to hear from YOU on what you’ve loved, and what you haven’t.  Books aren’t just meant to be read, they’re meant to be talked about, so please drop us a line or leave us a comment.  We’re hoping that the Book-it List will become a repository of recommendations and a spring-board for discussion, so we need all the help we can get on this.  If you’ve read a book that you’ve loved (or loathed), why not see if anyone has reviewed it yet.  If so, leave a comment, if not and you’re feeling brave, get in touch with us about submitting a review.  If you’ve found a treasure, share it!

We’ll also be chatting about all things book-related : how to get books on the cheap, the highs and lows of joining a book group, author readings and more.  Speaking of getting books on the cheap, we’re also toying with the idea of doing a monthly book giveaway, so watch this space!

So what of us two? We met in cyber space across a sea of blogs and found we had a shared love of reading books, lots of them!

I’m that girl who perpetually has her nose wedged in a book, any book.  Indiscriminating to the end, I’ll read anything –  from thrillers, to the Classics, to the ingredients on a cereal packet.  I like historical fiction (particularly one that involves men in breeches), biographies and a good old fashioned love story (particularly one that involves men in breeches).  My greatest bugbear is an author who waffles on with descriptive text – sorry Tolkien fans, I once got stuck in the caves of Moria and never got out again.  I can also be found blogging about my other great passion, travelling, at The Incidental Tourist.

The Other One
And me, well, what can I tell you?  By day you can also find me blogging at apieceofwood.  By night, you will find me nose deep in several books.  I am a total bookworm.  A day doesn’t go by without me reading something!  With an average of three books on the go at any one time, I read chick lit women’s fiction, biographies, finance / thrifty books and true life books.  As well as finding the odd psychology book interesting, I’ve also divulged the odd self help book in my day.

Last but not least, we’re hoping that one of the biggest contributors will be YOU.  So please pipe up, with any good reads, bad reads, ugly reads, must reads….we want to hear from you because we need all the help we can get in getting through the world’s library.


One Response to “About”

  1. Mona Stutes said

    Hello – I love that painting of a book against a sea and clouds – with its pages blowing in the wind (on your site in Oct. ’09). Do you know who it’s by? Thanks, Mona

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