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Repost: Behind The Curtain Of 101 Books

I’m taking my annual week-long summer hiatus this week, which means this is a “Best of 101 Books” week.  I’ll return live on Monday July 8.

Today’s post originally appeared on the blog on August 22, 2012.

I was looking at my About Me page recently and realized that it was pretty light on content. Not much there.

Honestly, that’s purposeful. When I started the blog, my goal was—and still is—to make 101 Books about the books, not me. This isn’t a personal blog. It’s a niche blog on a very specific subject.

Throughout, I might share a few tidbits about my life here and there, if it fits within the context of the post, but that’s about as far as I’ve gone.

Along the way, I try and spark discussion and maybe provide you with a little tidbit or interesting aspect of a novel that you never knew or thought about—something that I probably just learned myself.

All that said, there is a dude who writes this blog. That dude is me. Or is it me is that dude? Or maybe I am that dude. Yes that’s it.

So the blog’s grown and all that over the last two years, and I figure it’s only fair to let all of you who read this thing every day to at least know a little bit about me—more than the short sentence on the About Me page.

So, here goes.

I’m a guy. I’m 36. I like books. I’m married. I have a little boy. He’s 2. He likes Thomas the Train and Lightning McQueen. He’s a budding Joycean scholar as well.

I live in Nashville (awesome city), by way of Atlanta (great city, but way too much traffic).

This blog, and the reading that goes with it, is my evening job. During the day, I work as a web writer for a guy named Dave Ramsey.

He has a nationally syndicated radio show, about personal finance, and has written a couple of New York Times best-sellers. Basically, we help people get out of debt and drop their credit cards like a bad habit. At my day job, I write articles like this and this and this.

I like to run, at least now. I used to hate it. Three-and-a-half years ago, I had never run more than 2 miles at one time. Now, I’ve run one full marathon and 5 half marathons.

I spent three weeks in law school. I hated it, dropped out, and got a second bachelor’s degree in English. Best decision I ever made. You might have heard the saying “Quitters never win”? That’s nonsense. I would much rather cut my losses and quit, than “save face” while doing something I hated.

I’m a pretty hard-core sports fan—especially college football and the NFL—where I cheer for the Georgia Bulldogs and the Atlanta Falcons. If you’re a Florida Gator, you’re only marginally welcome on this blog. That’s a joke.

I’ve been known to play a round or two of golf. Actually, growing up, I wanted to be a pro golfer. I once hit a man in the center of the back with a golf ball. True story. You can read about it in this book. Maybe that’s why I’m not a pro golfer.

I’m a Christian. I don’t mention that often because that’s not the point of the blog, but does my faith impact my opinion on certain novels? Probably. So there’s that.

I’d rather eat my own finger than eat at McDonald’s, and politicians make me only slightly less nauseous than McDonald’s food. I often eat edamame and Diet Dr. Pepper for breakfast.

I once vowed to never vote for a politician who ran negative campaign ads. That hasn’t turned out so well. You can only write in Monty Python so many times.

Shawshank Redemption is my favorite movie. Pearl Jam is my favorite band. Lost and The Wire are my favorite TV shows. My wife says I have a man crush on Leo Dicaprio. That’s not true. It’s actually Eddie Vedder.

I like green grass and long walks on the beach and the number 3…okay, this is getting out of hand.

You get the point. So there’s a little more about me—in case you were wondering, and maybe you weren’t.

Tomorrow, back to our regularly scheduled programming. It’s all about the books!

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. It is good to know the backstory of the blogger when they choose to share. Big fan of your boss.


    July 3, 2013
  2. Awesome blog. I’ m reading 100 books too well in 1 year though. I think your approach may have been better. I am also a TN native (haha Go Vols!) Great books and great post.


    July 3, 2013
  3. You have great taste in music!


    July 3, 2013
  4. You have an awesome blog! I just started following you. I review books for my book club and now I can come to your blog to find out about our next books. I actually have the book, “101 Books to Read Before You Die.” I’m not even close to finishing that so I give you props for blogging about it. Happy reading! I look forward to more!


    July 8, 2013

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