About the Blog

To put it bluntly, Another Book Blog is a a public, guilt-inducing instrument that keeps me reading. Without it, I’d be lying on my couch, Doritos in hand, screaming “Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose!” at my television or pretend-killing something with pretend-magic from the comfort of my very real sweat pants.

I love reading. It’s my favourite thing in the world (after my wife, this GIF, and this dog). But I also love Doritos. And Playstation. And sweat pants. God, do I love sweat pants.

When pressed with a choice between, say, a 700-page exploration on faith, doubt, judgment, and reason–or a bag of Doritos and a 37th viewing of the wedding episode on The Office–I’m picking The Office. Every time. Because it’s easy, and I’m lazy, and, again, Doritos are unbelievable.

So, in an effort to circumvent my inertia, I write about what I’m reading. That way, when I haven’t written anything in a while, everyone knows I’m lying in a heap of Doritos in a pair of sweat pants. I’m not above negative reinforcement. At 33, I’ve learned that, most days, it’s a basic necessity.

All You Need to Know

Rather than blather on about my hopes and dreams for the blog (because, aside from Stephen A. Smith and Terry Goodkind’s ponytail, there’s nothing I hate more than About pages), I’m going to do this point form so as to keep it (relatively) short and sweet.

  1. Another Book Blog is–get ready for it–a blog about books: the ones I’m reading, the ones I’m thinking about, and the ones I think you should be reading and/or thinking about.
  2. I’m Canadian, so that’s what all the extra u’s are about.
  3. Yes, I love hockey. So you can put that joke away.
  4. I think I read fairly widely, so you’re likely to find something on here that resonates with you. However, I tend to lean a bit more towards literary fiction, commercial fiction, fantasy, and graphic novels.
  5. In other words, I like fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles … and The Princess Bride.
  6. I once told Aaron Carter to “eat shit.” To his face. Ten years later it remains my greatest accomplishment.
  7. I tend to disappear from the blogosphere from time to time, so if the blog goes dormant for a month or so, don’t be alarmed. I assure you I’ll come back. (Once all the Doritos are gone.) Likely with a different blog. Don’t worry, though, I’ve only done this 38 times before.
  8. Favourite Book: I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb
  9. Favourite Character: Lucifer in Paradise Lost 
  10. Books I always recommend to people: Memory, Sorrow and Thorn by Tad Williams; Skippy Dies by Paul Murray; The Book of Joby by Mark J. Ferrari; River of Stars by Guy Gavriel Kay; and The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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