If you have taken twelfth grade English or are at all familiar with classic poets, you may vaguely recognize the title of my blog. It comes from a poem by T.S. Eliot, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” written in 1920. The actual poem is rather long and I admit that I don’t understand all of it. I appreciate the poem in the way that you recognize something beautiful and perfect but you don’t need to know the why and how of it. You know that there is a deeper meaning to the poet and a different interpretation for each individual who comes across it. My favorite verses of the poem go like this:
“Do I dare
Disturb the universe?
In a minute there is time
For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse.
For I have known them all already, known them all-
Have known the evenings, mornings, afternoons,
I have measured out my life with coffee spoons;
I know the voices dying with a dying fall
Beneath the music from a farther room.
So how should I presume?”
I love the way these verses suggest that there is something bigger in this world than us. We are small beings, here for a short time, drinking our coffee every morning, and going about our business each day.
I originally began writing this blog to offer my insight into the world around me. I had just graduated college, and I was trying to get a job. I needed to show potential employers that I could be creative and that I could write well.
After I got my first job and then my second job, I kept writing because I wanted to share my thoughts and the way that I experience everything that I’m going through, from the mundane to the extravagant. I wanted to turn my life events into a story to tell and a lesson to share. I wanted people to relate to me, in whatever way they may.
And somehow, over the last year and a half this blog has morphed into a book review blog. But don’t be fooled. These are not your typical book reviews. I tend to use the books I read more as writing prompts. I don’t care if you’ve read the book or if you ever will. I’m not terribly concerned if I ruin the ending for you (though I do try to warn you if I will). Instead, I still want to share my thoughts on the world, but I use a book to help me do it.
My reviews of books are more about my thoughts on the subject of the book rather than the book itself. Each of the book reviews are written right after I finish reading it – I don’t write about books that I read years and years ago.
So if these are the kind of book “reviews” you like, read on, dear friend. And maybe you’ll be inspired to read one yourself.