A mea culpa and more books

Sorry about the general lack of quality content around here (at least from me). I have just not been up to posting intelligent thoughts for some reason. I need to focus more on writing – which is why I got into this blog thing in the first place – but that also takes concentration and time. Far too often I end up surfing around the net wasting time and getting nothing accomplished. What I should do instead of trolling for posting material is read the books and articles I have stacked up and post on what I read. Quality over quantity I say.

That said my book addiction continues unabated. Like a drunk bellying up to the bar, I recently joined a new book club called Smart Reader Rewards. Like most of these clubs, the initial offer was simply too good to pass up. Here is what I got:

The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Quotations.
Old School by Tobias Wolff.
The Confessions of Max Tivoli by Andrew Sean Greer.
Aloft by Chang-rae Lee.
The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon.

I received all of these wonderful books – I make that assumption based on their positive reception by a number of literary bloggers – for the low, low price of only $23.43! What a deal. All I have to do is buy like three books in the next two years (tell me I am not going to do that anyway). As a member I get convient access to discounted books – handy but deadly I know.

I hope to dig into these as soon as I can get out from under a pressing pile of books from publishers (If I specifically requested a free book I feel a certain obligation to read and review it). Hopefully I can put a spark in my posting habits and offer some intelligent thoughts for the readers of this humble blog.

No more quizzes for awhile I promise . . .

Kevin Holtsberry
I work in communications and public affairs. I try to squeeze in as much reading as I can while still spending time with my wife and two kids (and cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers and Michigan Wolverines during football season).