If life is divided into quarters, then the first quarter — or chapter — is devoted to setting up the rest of your life. Years of childhood, schooling, social education, and the development of interests and strengths provide a foundation for adulthood. At the close of that initial chapter, you’re faced with difficult decisions, diverging potential paths, and a whole lot of uncertainty. I was, at least.
In a way, the experience of reading is similar: the first chapter is the most crucial. If a reader loses interest, the rest of the book is irrelevant. The first chapter must achieve the precarious balance of providing enough information to capture the reader’s attention, while holding enough back to keep it interesting.
By proceeding to the second chapter in a book, the reader consciously decides that it’s worth it to read on. Free from the constraints of that initial hook, the author can delve into the story. This blog embodies the idea of that second chapter.
Many literary publications and book blogs focus on establishing credibility by alluding to obscure theories, while snubbing books created for “entertainment.” Others focus solely on likability and rankings. This is neither of those.
Chapter Two is a place for thoughts on books, recommendations for what to read, discussions of literary topics in a way that’s fun and accessible, and a random collection of all things book-related. We like thought-provoking commentary, but don’t take ourselves too seriously.
Things to Know
- Chapter Two is a reading blog that focuses on reactions, not reviews. Assigning a certain number of stars to a book doesn’t really make sense; there are just too many variables.
- These variables include likability, writing quality, story construction, sheer entertainment, and far more things than we could possibly list here. So any book “reviews” on the blog may concentrate on any combination of variables.
- No book snobs allowed.
- But we do appreciate good writing and thought-provoking subject matter. (We also understand that “good” is subjective.)
- Lively debate fuels worthwhile conversation, so differing opinions and perspectives are encouraged. Use the comment boxes.
- Why did I even start a book blog? Here’s why.
This is Chapter Two.