Friday, March 03, 2006


I can already tell I don't know everyone who will be blogging here. Could we all just take a minute to introduce ourselves? And anyone who's planning to lurk but not post, please introduce yourselves as well. Tell us as much or as little as you like -- I just want some kind of handle so I can tell everyone apart!

I'm Rachel, a cartoonist and trying-to-be writer, living in Vancouver, BC, with my personal physicist and our two-year-old. I've read Middlemarch before, and consider it one of my top ten favourite/influential novels. I'm rereading it because it's been twelve years and I think I need a refresher.

Who else is here? Don't be shy!


Blogger Ella said...

I'm Ella and I'll be posting on 'Middlemarch' too. Introduce myself? Um, I'm an Aires and a stay-at-home mom. I like ZZ Top, hot chocolate, and the Modern Library.

I've never read "Middlemarch" but "Silas Marner" is one of my favorites, and I'm looking forward to it...

7:23 PM  
Blogger rachel said...

Nice to meet you, Ella! I really like your blog!

11:35 PM  
Blogger Danielle said...

Hello. I'm Danielle, and I hope to post once I get into the book. I grew up reading pretty voraciously, but I managed to miss out on too many of the classics--so am now trying to catch up. I currently work full time in an academic library, and did work in an independent bookstore (until it closed)for about ten years. I have never read any Eliot, and I am looking forward to Middlemarch.

10:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm Monica and Middlemarch has always been on my "to be read" list but somehow it never quite made it there. to introduce myself? Well, the main fact lately is that I'm a stay at home mom to an almost-8 month old Madam. And I used to work in publishing and a university before that. Now I'm trying to get serious about my writing, and about my reading, so Middlemarch sounds like a good start.

10:54 AM  
Blogger Isabella said...

Isabella here. I know some of you better than others, some barely at all. To recap: I'm shacked up in Montreal, my 3-year-old girl is in daycare, I work from home doing freelance copyediting (mostly very boring medical stuff).

I love to read and didn't study nearly as much literature as I probably should have. I've never read any Eliot, have no idea what Middlemarch is about (or even what the title means), am approching this completely cold.

Admin-wise: Let me know if you feel strongly about any aspects of this blog format (eg: Pop-up comments? Timestamps are EST cuz that's where I live, but I don't think anyone else does); if there are any links you'd like me to add to the sidebar; and perhaps most importantly if you have any objections to the use of your real name or linking to your blogs. Etc.

I do not care for ZZ Top.

2:34 PM  
Blogger Martha said...

I'm Martha, and I will be a little slow to catch up because I have to finish up a book that I'm in the middle of before I move on to Middlemarch. But I'll be watching this site with interest-- I just read Bleak House, and would have benefited from hearing other perspectives while I was working my way through it.

I'm a muralist with three children, ages 3, 7 & 9. My husband is a software engineer and musician, and we live in a semi-rural part of Northern California.

3:55 PM  
Anonymous Diana said...

I'm a little late to the party, but here goes:

I got all ambitious once and got Middlemarch on tape. Or tapes. It's a lotta tapes. I was going to listen to it on the treadmill.

I had a hard time following along (I'm not very good at listening to books) so I bought the book to "follow along." Got distracted by Life and here I am six years later having still not read Middlemarch.

I tried to find my book but I seem to have gotten disgusted with myself and gotten rid of it during a (rare) cleaning spree. I tried the two used bookstores in town and neither had one. I have had it reserved from my library for two weeks and I see on their website that it finally is en route to me so I am going to stop thinking that the fates don't want me to read this book...

(Yes, I could have picked up a paperback copy at Borders for not much money but I just can't bring myself to purchase a book I once owned and got rid of. There's a principle there, somewhere...)

1:31 PM  
Anonymous gina c in al said...

I'm Gina from Alabama, and would like to lurk and maybe once in a while post here, I saw the BBC version some time ago, and have been meaning to read Middlemarch, more so since I read Daniel Deronda over Christmas holidays (There's nothing like traveling with my mother to make retreating into the 19th century a good thing! Two years ago it was the Forsyte Saga on a Caribbean cruise!) DD reminded me in some respects of Trollope, so I will pull Middlemarch out of the to be read stack and have it close to hand. Thanks for the invitation to join in! I dont have a blog yet, alas....

12:23 PM  
Anonymous kimbofo said...

Hello. Guess it's my turn to introduce myself.

I am woefully uneducated when it comes to classic novels, although I read a lot of modern European/American fiction, so this is my way of redressing the balance.

I'm an Australian but live in London, UK, where I've been shacked up with an Irishman for 7 years. I work in magazine publishing as a deputy editor and spend most of my free time hanging out in the pub, reading, blogging, cooking and cycling - but not in that particular order!

5:11 PM  
Anonymous Julia said...

I'm Julia - a part time journalist and typesetter on a weekly country newspaper.
I live in a small coastal town 100km south of Adelaide, South Australia.
Here, belatedly, via Reading Matters despite my resistance to yet more (wonderful) timesucking blogs because I LOVE Middlemarch. I've read it a couple of times and am not quite ready to re-read yet, but will probably be inspired by this blog to do so very soon. Meanwhile, will lurk and check in periodically to see what you all think.
Hope you enjoy the book as much as I.

7:45 PM  
Blogger Claire Hazzard said...

I'm Claire, and I'm a school librarian in Toronto, although I am originally British. I have had a copy of Middlemarch for years, but never quite seemed to get round to reading it.
I'm planning to read along and lurk, maybe commenting on some other posts.

8:17 AM  
Blogger piksea said...

I'm JoanneMarie and I live in New Jersey with Mr. Handsome Honey and my puppy Pickles. I work as a legal assistant, which is just not enough mental stimulation.

I got on board because there are quite a few books that I want to read, but keep putting on the back burner. 'Middlemarch' is one of them. I'm looking forward to seeing what other people are thinking as they read this book.

3:11 PM  
Anonymous Pearl said...

I'm Pearl and I'm a poet in Ottawa, Canada. Over the last year I kept seeing the book around on recommended lists of women so I''m finally reading it. I'll probably lurk here.

10:07 PM  

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