Today is a more celebratory Friday than usual, because it marks the 4th anniversary of Book Club Babe! On July 17, 2011, during the summer before my last year of grad school, I was faced with lots of free time and a burning desire to share my love of reading. I decided that since I was going to read all these books anyway, why not post my reviews online?
These past four years have been revolutionary for me: I’ve received my Master’s degree, moved to the Bay Area, and launched a successful career in tech marketing. I’ve met so many new people and visited a variety of exciting places.
And the books! How can I forget the books? Thankfully, one major advantage of running a blog is that I can keep track of my reading progress. In four years, I have read 93 novels and countless other short stories, poems, comics, and works of non-fiction.
To sum up my reading list, here are my four all-time favorite books since starting Book Club Babe. I think that this is a testament to my diverse tastes, because these novels could not be more different from each other:
- The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
- 1984 by George Orwell
- The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
- Yes Please by Amy Poehler
As for my blog posts, I’m most proud of the pieces that incite a conversation and make you think. One of my predominant reasons for loving literature is that there a few right/wrong, black/white answers. The fun lies in the interpretation between the lines. These are my top 4 topics of debate:
- 4 Literary Archetypes You Shouldn’t Love IRL
- Are Dead White Authors Still Relevant?
- Can a Book Ever Make a Reader’s Life Worse?
- And the question which I ask most often: Why Aren’t More People Reading?
I just wanted to say thanks to all of my fans for making Book Club Babe possible. After tallying up all my social media networks, I have over 600 followers that keep up with this blog in one form or another, and I appreciate each and every single one of you! Here’s to many more years of reading, writing, and reviews!
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