About

img_3381Hi!  I’m Laila. I’m a life-long voracious reader who wants an outlet for my passion. I work in a small public library branch in a medium-sized Southern city. I have a few core library customers with which I can discuss books and recommend titles, and I belong to a fun, smart book group.  (We’ve been together for almost ten years!) But I realized that I need another way to share my love of reading.  So here it is.

I read pretty widely – literary fiction, mystery, non-fiction, memoir- but there are definitely still gaps in my reading.  I want to stretch myself.  I want to read more authors of color and more works in translation.  I’m not too hung up on genre anymore, but I don’t really read much Romance or Christian Fiction.  Just not my thing – at the moment. Who knows, maybe my tastes will change?  I DO NOT JUDGE.  Judging is lame.

Some of my favorite authors include Margaret Atwood, Kate Atkinson, Marlon James, Barbara Pym, Jess Walter, Barbara Kingsolver, Michael Connelly, Jane Austen, Sherman Alexie, and Ruth Rendell.  My favorite books of 2014 were Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, the Area X Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer, and Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist. In 2015 it was James’s A Brief History of Seven Killings, Jenny Offill’s Dept. of Speculation, and Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.

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  1. I’ve been looking around and I love your blog! I’ve subscribed and looking forward to more posts. In the meantime, I have a lot of books to add to my TBR list. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Evie! (may I call you Evie? I don’t want to presume.) I sometimes wonder if I’m putting this out there into a void. (And even if I am, it’s still valuable for my own fulfillment – I’m doing something with my passion for books.) Thanks for the support! I enjoy your blog too!

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      1. You sure can call me Evie 🙂 I feel the same way! I send it out into the void too, bu find it cathartic. I look forward to more of your posts.

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  2. Hello Laila! My name is Aya, and I am a fellow book blogger/lover. I was wondering if you’d be interested in participating in a small project that I am doing. I wanted to ask a bunch of bloggers (49, to be exact :p), to give me one of their favorite book quotes. I’m going to compile them all in one post and then post it on my blog on the 22nd of this month. It’d be fantastic if you were to be a part of this. Just let me know by this Sunday, please, so that I have plenty of time to compile and/or ask someone else. Thank you!
    P.S. You are the 9th one to be asked!

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  3. Okay, I’ve got one:

    “I shouldn’t think that even millionaires could eat anything nicer than new bread and real butter and honey for tea.” – Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle

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  4. Hi Laila! I love reading your blog. You have such a wonderful writing style, and such thoughtful commentary on the books you read. I was wondering if you might be interested in writing a guest post for the series “A Reading Life” on my blog. You could choose the specific topic, but I’m generally looking for something about an aspect of your reading life — why you read, why you read a certain type of book, a shift that’s occurred in your reading life, finding time to read, bookworm problems, etc. Let me know if you’d be interested!

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      1. Wonderful! Thanks for being willing to contribute! I was thinking in the 500-800 word range. Would a deadline of July 8th work for you? If you’d like to discuss other details or ideas, feel free to email me at strickenburgpiano (at) gmail (dot) com. Thanks again!

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  5. Hi Laila, wonderful blog. 10 years sound great. I joined my first book-club last year so I hope we will survive all that life brings our way and keep reading and reviewing together. We do seem to have the same interests, I also like the same kind of books. I think the only genre that I am yet to try out is fantasy. Which Atwood books would you recommend?

    Nice to meet you 🙂

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Diana! I wish you the best with your book group! Recently ours has gone through some member changes but the fresh blood will invigorate us, I think! Oh goodness, Atwood! I would read Alias Grace or Cat’s Eye first – they’re my favorites. But I really like pretty much everything she’s written. Her short stories are very good too!

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