My name is Michelle and I read a lot. In fact, I probably read 4-6 hours a day on average. I’ve loved books from a young age and spent my tween years reading Nancy Drew and Sherlock Holmes books. As I got older, I added Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers and Martha Grimes to my list of favorite authors. Yes, I had a thing for mysteries. High school and college added a shelf full of classics to my reading experience, and I actually liked and understood a few of those. Then I went to business school and added popular business books to my repertoire. All of this is a roundabout way of saying I have somewhat eclectic taste and that will be reflected in this blog.

When I became a career woman, a wife, a home owner and then a working mom, the time I could spend reading was gradually whittled down to nothing. I would read on the plane on business trips and I’d usually read whatever looked kind of interesting in the airport gift shop. This reading drought went on for many years.

Then, a few years ago, I was diagnosed with ALS. It’s progressed to the point where I’m basically paralyzed and spend most of my time in bed (thus the name of the blog). Thanks to technology, I’m able to access and control online e-readers and thanks to Amazon and local libraries, I have limitless numbers of books to choose from. I’m optimistically looking at this phase of life as “retirement” and aren’t I lucky that I get to spend my retirement reading in bed? Yeah, it’s a stretch…

Because of my health situation, I tend to avoid books that are heavy or depressing. I read to learn and to be entertained and I don’t think that reading depressing books is entertaining at all. Also, because I’m playing catch up from so many years of NOT reading, I often read books that were published several years ago. So, while these books may feel fresh to me, not everyone will agree.

With this blog, I’m hoping to get some dialogue going with friends and family about what we’re all reading. I’d really like to get some book recommendations because I’m always looking for my next good read. In turn, hopefully I can do the same.

So… Happy reading!

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