The Beginning of a Wonderful Mess

articles, book challenges, herman melville, info, introduction, life is hard, paperback / Monday, May 22nd, 2017

This is supposed to be my first post. But I couldn’t think of a proper introduction. Frankly, I’m having a harder time writing this than some of the book reviews that are coming up in the next few days. “Hello, my name is Courtney, and I am a book nerd” did not have the same ring as Herman Melville’s “Call me, Ishmael” or any of Charles Dickens great opening lines. So instead, I’m going to borrow a page out of my boy Melville’s book and to just “Call me, Court.” 

Now with that out of the way, my second problem is how to introduce my problem and my quick fix solution (this blog). For three years, I have been working towards a Master’s degree. Saying that those years were the most stressful and anxiety filled is an understatement. My thesis, especially, was a…pardon my language, a “shit show.” If it could go wrong, you could bet your bottom dollar that it did (over and over again).

I first started the Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge in December 2016, towards the end of my thesis, to regain some type of handle of my life. After my thesis was over, I was just drained. I didn’t want to do anything, and I was trying to recover from the negative attitude that lingered through the tailspin of my thesis. I found solace through reading.

Book by book, I began feeling like my old self. My attitude and outlook of life was gradually improving. Thus, Paperback Beaches was born. Partially as way to have an online diary in my process of rediscovering my love for books and to improve my writing skills that were lost along the Master’s program and partially as a way to showcase my nerdy reading habits.


As I was trying to figure out what to write for my info page, I decided that my first post perfectly explains what my blog is about and why I started it. 

Since I still can’t seem to figure out how to program the buttons on top of this website, you can follow me at:

Twitter: @CourtVansbooks

Facebook: @paperbackbeach or Paperback Beaches
Pinterest: Paperbackbeaches

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