February 28, Thursday evening -- Reading Chris Brazler

At Big Mouth Burger, exactly one year ago, to the day, I met a wonderful person (and enthusiastic reader...she had just checked out ten books at the library) while interviewing people for my blog. During the interview, and after, as we uncovered common ground, we became friends.

Well, history repeats itself:
In commemoration of a very important one-year friendiversary, reading, as on 2/28/2007, The No-Nonsense Guide to World History, by Chris Brazler.

Cheers to books and burgers and friendship.

We have been confused as twins, which I take as a very nice compliment, and a very nice addition to the family. I now have TWO twins--one biological and one officiously adopted--who BOTH read a lot more than me.

Beware. If you are a reader, and live anywhere near the Mission District, you are not safe: there are triplets roaming around, racking up library fines, and one of them might try to take your picture. The other two will, likely, be reading themselves.

45 Comments:

Anonymous said...

weird

William Wren said...

great blog wonderful idea

cosmictadpole said...

Stumbled here from the main blogger page, and I absolutely love your blog concept! I love learning about people through what they are reading. Wish I lived in San Francisco so I could run into you too!

matheuss said...

loveee this blog
I'm brazilian,
but like so much your blog
i'ts verry original
kisses
=}

Carol said...

Fun blog!

Reformed Smoker said...

Fantastic little story, thanks :-) It is amazing how and where you can make friends. Good luck with the blog!

jag said...

Just found you through Blogs of Note. I absolutely LOVE the concept of this blog - you're brilliant! I've often sat on the bus, looking at the people reading and thinking it would be cool to do an informal survey, just to see what's being read. I thought it would be quite fascinating, but I never had the guts to just go up and ask.

Now, I can live vicariously through you - and get book suggestions as a bonus. Thanks for having the guts to ask...

An Ottawa reader (where it's much too cold to be reading outside this time of year! :-))

spiralcattalks said...

Hi,

great idea, it's very interesting to read about what other people are reading, my girlfriend and I are currently reading State of the Union by Douglas Kennedy and we will review it shortly in our blog.

Danielle said...

Your blog is fascinating! Social commentary, book reviews, and book suggestions all in one. I've always been one who picks up reading friends wherever I go, but I currently live in Ecuador where not a lot of public reading takes place. Your blog is giving me a much needed book chat fix!

Krëg said...

Slick blog.

sarath said...

commendable work
do continue with your writing
all supports from me........

Holy Cuteness said...

I really must read more...

RattleSnake said...

twins?

eh...crazy!

Vera Wild said...

I love you blog!

M. Bonnie said...

That blog is really fun to read, especially for someone as obsessed with books as I am... I learned to read while walking when I was twelve, when I couldn't be bothered to lay off "Jane Eyre". Great to know there are others who do the same out there :)

Ms. Bassette said...

I'm a middle school teacher who, whenever I see a student reading out in the world, wants to go over and talk and ask if the book is any good. Of course, I stare long enough, or I think I do, that I begin to worry someone might think I have terrible motives.

If only I had a camera and your blog idea, perhaps I could then do it!

Do you ever ask students who are reading? Thanks for a picker upper on a Friday afternoon!

I'm reading the Piano Tuner, a book about Burma that shows me just how much I don't know about world history.

I get my books from the Ithaca Salvation Army store, a great place to buy used books.

Mariya said...

Good blog idea Sonya! Congratulations!

Insomniyacker said...

La La La Love your Blog!

The Barber Bunch said...

great idea for a blog. Keep up the good work.
Carolyn

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Kat said...

Hi there! I love your blog - what a brilliant idea!

Mônica Veado said...

Great concept, lovely blog, congratulations! I posted a link on my blogs (one in Portuguese, the other I use with my EFL students).
Good luck!
Mônica, in Brazil

Crônicas Urbanas

Project Platypus

detroit dog said...

This week: "Curating Subjects"

For two months previous, I've been on a Pulitzer Prize winners kick: The Road by Cormac McCarthy, Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides, Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt.

Cool blog!

Anonymous said...

yeap, interesting blog idea.the pics are extremely cool!!!!!!!!!!i love reading.i guess i m another twin from far :)
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DaRcI said...

very interesting!!

Oberon said...

......it's time to change the world......glad you could join us.

Rita said...

Your blog is interesting. How long have you been doing it? How many readers to you have daily? How much time do you spend doing it? Do you plan to make money from it some way? Any problems with your free blog on Blogspot?

I have a new blog called The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide at http://boomersurvive-thriveguive.typepad.com.

I've been blogging for a month. I'm a journalist, so it's been interesting so learn how blogging is different from reporting.

Vernon Blank said...

People reading restores my faith in humanity.
Or at least brightens my dim view of it.
Cheers!

Fernando. said...

The blog is very interesting, congratulations Sonya.

Bookworm said...

A wonderful blog! keep on reading!

--Bookworm
www.bookwormbooklovers.blogspot.com


PS I live in SF 2!

Irene Grumman said...

Love your blog! I'm a native New Yorker living in San Diego. I just finished Sara Gilbert's "Eat, Pray, Love." Recent: Several from S.L. Viehl's Stardoc series; Richard K. Morgan's "Altered Carbon"; in the middle of Rani Manicka's "Rice Mother."

At coffee houses, I'm as likely to recommend www.ted.com as a book.

Reading takes us everywhere.

melon collie said...

i love the concept. brilliant. i hope you keep it going. i'll be back for more.

Billy Blogger said...

Great Blog idea! Ilove reading currently for personal interest I am reading the Dark Tower series by Stephen King and for business I am reading the One Minute Manager series by Ken Blanchard. Keep up the great blog.

Billy Blogger
P.S - please visit my blog it isn't anything special just my thought. www.thiscouldbeanyblogintheworld

Linds said...

I am absolutely astounded by the sites author, the idea is thoughtful and brilliant, you are reaching people in many ways and showing that any and all intelligence still remains strong in our hearts and books are ingenious.

sra said...

Just came here through Blogs of Note! What a cool idea, I'm going to be back.

K. said...

You make me miss san fran..I moved to the South three months ago. Yet, the hills roll inside my chest, and yes, in this warm region I am reading and loving what I read. Nice blog.

mahadevi said...

i can't believe your blog has only been famous for a few days! i absolutely love your concept, it's really original. a great way to learn about people is by finding out what books they read. this makes me want to do a kansas city version!

Unspoken.Tendencies said...

Hey! So, I see you're an enthusiast for reading, as well as a twin! I'm currently in the middle of the book, "I Know This Much is True." It's about the relationship between twin brothers; however, one is schitzophrenic. It's told in the eyes of a 40-some-year old guy named, Dominick and how he deals with all his emotions and such, I guess. I love the lay out of the book...It's mostly told in their adulthood time frame, but he'll make many references to their childhood and the hardships they went through together as twins. It's a long book, but definitely worth-while! I would check it out!=)

campusbeats said...

The subject of your blog is quite common....But the way you present it is rather different

aliqot said...

One of the best 'blogs of note' I've seen. And a little taste of San Fran to boot.

dean said...

What an interesting idea for a blog. You must be passionate about books, because keeping up with photographs and interviews is no simple task.

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Sonya said...

Thank you for all of your comments and encouragement--it's NICE to be a blog of note. I look forward to checking out your blogs.

sonya

zztopdog said...

Awesome idea and great photos!

Jonathan Wilkes said...

Saw your blog via "blogs of note" and have to say, the commendation is well deserved. I added a post to my own blog about what my family is reding - gave you the credit and a link - hope you don't mind.