It occurred to me that in all of my years running this blog, I never introduced myself. I’ve just been this rando writing about books. Let’s fix that.
I am Todd. In the picture to the left, I am with my son and best friend, Helo. He has my nose. In all seriousness, there’s no relation. Helo is a Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Helo was originally my ex’s dog. He was abandoned by my ex and left with me. It’s a long story, but we just kind of ended up together. I never saw myself as a Corgi-owner, but now that I have one, they are my favorite dogs.
I am a middle school teacher. I can’t tell you how amazing it feels to write that. Teaching has always been my dream, but college was something I had to put off after high school. I recently went back to college to chase and capture that dream, and here I am. I know this is a cliché phrase, but it’s truly never too late to go after what you want.
I am certified in 5th through 9th Grade English Language Arts and Mathematics. Reading and writing are huge passions of mine, and ELA is my natural bend, but I do love math, and I am happy teaching either subject.
I love books. I always have at least one going. I primarily read on my Kindle Oasis, but I have the Kindle app on my phone and read in the line at the grocery store, beside my car while gas is pumping, at a restaurant while I am waiting on a table, in the waiting room at appointments, and well, you get the idea.
Reading is an escape for me, it’s a journey to other worlds, and it’s an adventure. I am so surprised fewer and fewer people read these days.
I used to read physical books. I never thought I would like reading books digitally, but now that I have started, I find it hard to go back to physical books. Physical books take a lot of space, they are harder to have with me, and the text-size is fixed. Digital books have a lot of benefits: I carry my entire library with me (minus the few books I have kept physically), I don’t ever have to worry about bookmarks, I can pick books up and sit them back down quickly for quick bursts of reading, I can increase my font size, I can highlight quotes or passages I like to save for later, and I don’t have to worry about lighting.
My favorite genre to read is horror, but I read a little bit of everything. I credit Goosebumps by R. L. Stine and Animorphs by K. A. Applegate for sparking and nurturing my love of reading as a kid. I still read those books today, partly for nostalgia, but also because they are fun reads.
My favorite book is A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. I can’t pinpoint exactly what I love about it; it’s just a great blend of fantasy and science fiction, and it is a feel-good book. Other books I love are I Am Legend by Richard Matheson, Misery by Stephen King, The Stranger by Albert Camus, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Giver by Lois Lowry, Parasyte by Hitoshi Iwaaki, and most recently, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, La Linea by Ann Jaramillo, and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.
My problem with this blog is not finding time to read, but rather, finding time and energy to sit down and write about what I have read. I stay insanely busy. In addition to teaching, I tutor students in math, English, and Spanish, I volunteer at my church, and I have other hobbies that take up time like playing video games and working out. For four years, I was going to school full time and working as much as I could, so I had very little free time. I think that dynamic is going to change without full-time college, but I’m not sure how much. I guess we’ll see.
Reading can be a very lonely hobby, and I like to make it social by blogging about what I read and connecting with other readers, so this blog is something for which I want to make time.
It’s nice meeting you guys.