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I’ve always been an avid reader. And when I was younger, I used to love to read comics.  Mostly Archie, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and Josie and The Pussycats. josie

I also loved Batman, Wonder Woman, and The Justice League. I was totally a DC kid. But the continuity always was a problem for me for the super hero comics. But i didn’t really care, because, I was a kid, and kids back in the day didn’t think along the lines of “oh, I can’t read this comic because I don’t know the continuity.” Back when I was reading comics (early 80s) you just grabbed whatever looked cool off of the spinner rack at the local 7-11.  Then you’d ride back home and re-read those comics until the staples holding them together started coming loose.  Eventually, I heard about a writer, Brian K Vaughn and his story, Y, The Last Man.  That, right there folks, was what did it for me. That was story telling at it’s finest. Also, the art!! I could see what the kids were talking about! I read those quickly and definitely wanted more. But I wasn’t sure what.

When DC rebooted all of it’s series in 2011, I thought, this is the perfect time to get with comics again. My children, two boys and a girl, were ecstatic.  The boys had been reading comics since they could read. Actually, at various points in their lives, it was the only reading I could get them to do. But I am one of those moms/people who always thought any reading is good reading.  And then, with the New52 DC reboot, I started reading comics again.  Trips to the comic book store became a regular occurrence in our house. Then the guy at the comic store told me about this new comic  called Saga. BY BRIAN K VAUGHN!! You guys! I knew that this was going to be my gateway drug. Saga Cover

And it totally was!! I signed up for a Comixology account and started reading several other comics. I even joined Marvel Unlimited in an attempt to conquer my continuity issues.  (hah, see what I did there)

While I still consider myself a comic newbie, I’m enjoying diving back into the deep end!

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I was listening to the Book on the Nightstand podcast the other day and one of the segments focused on backlist. What it is, what it means, and why it’s definitely an enjoyable thing.  I found myself nodding along to Ann and Michael’s comments on the topic and realized that this is it. This is what I wanted to focus on for 2015.  We (my husband and I) bought a new home in 2014 and when we moved I came to the realization that I had a lot of books. Enough books to keep me reading the next 5-6 years or so without purchasing another book. While we all know that isn’t going to happen, I decided that I would blog backlist style for 2015.  That would give me something to constantly write about as well as help me get rid of some of the Mount TBR I have growing in our office.

Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture right now but I will remedy that with the next post.  The reason MTBR is all over the office is that the cheap ladder shelf I bought from Target buckled and broke. It’s a safety hazard to use right now. So my vow to backlistblog couldn’t have come at a better time.  I’ve got stacks in my living room and in the office not to mention a busting bookcase by the front door. They all have books that at one time or another I was dying to read. I’m going to get on that right away.  My reading plans for February include: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, 1st to Die by James Patterson, Inferno by Dan Brown, and finishing Dreamers and Deceivers by Glenn Beck. Which isn’t a backlist book at all. It was released in December and was a Christmas present. I’m also participating in a few reading challenges which will also be helpful in reading strictly backlist.

Meanwhile, I’m keeping a list of new releases that I want to read. By the time I get to them, they too will be considered backlist.

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