Why do I write this blog?

**Note: This was the original first entry on my Blogger.**

This blog is meant to be my personal space for writing reviews on the books I recently read. I would like to keep track of how many books I read. Writing a book review blog makes good sense to me.

Reading has been my passion ever since I was young. When I was little, my mom would buy those big sets of children book collections for my sister and I. I would pick up those books and finish reading them right away, then re-read them over and over again until I’m familiar with all the storyline. When I dive into a book, I could stay in the imaginary world that the authors create for hours and forget about the pain and issues in the real world. Reading, to me, opens my world of fantasy and imagination, as well as offer me a way to escape from the reality.

Because of this passion, I’ve been dreaming about working in a profession that deals with books everyday. Originally I thought I could work for a publisher or become a writer. By the twist of fate, I accidentally step into the world of library when I found a job as a student assistant in my college library. After graduation, I was fortunate enough to land a full time job as an assistant at an academic library nearby, where they also supported my tuition to get through my master program in library science. In an downturn economy where budget cuts are everywhere in the libraries, I was very lucky to be hired as a librarian in a public library, doing cataloging for tons of newly published books that come in everyday. I feel very blessed and fortunate to have this job. Because of this job, I get to enjoy these new books that get send to my desk upon my request. God has really been looking out for me! =)

Naming this blog as book reports reminded me the book reports I used to write back in elementary school. My teachers were very strict about formats. We have to write a paragraph of summary of the books we read, follow by another paragraph of reviews. I haven’t thought about the formats for my blog. But I’m not a creative person. I’ll probably follow the same format as my old school assignment.

Now a little info about my background. I was born in Taiwan and didn’t move to the US until I was 13 years old. English isn’t my first language. Although I’ve been living in the US for many years and received higher education here, I still struggle a lot with English writing. Therefore, you may see many grammatical errors or awkward sentences or phrases. Please feel free to leave comments on how to correct them. I would really appreciate that.

Ok~ this marks the end of my first long entry. Start get working now!