LIKE most West Virginians, I am excited to celebrate the 150th birthday of my state.
Also, I like to say the word "sesquicentennial."
It rolls off the tongue.
Just how many Scrabble points is that word worth?
My celebration of my state's milestone is taking shape so far mainly through reading. I'm participating in the West Virginia Reads 150 project.
Sponsored by the West Virginia Library Commission, the effort is encouraging West Virginians, individually or in teams, to read 150 books in any format.
I had read about the effort but hadn't really planned to take part until I saw a group taking shape among a few West Virginians on the online social networking service Twitter.
I volunteered to join up and became a member of the 'TwitLits," which is not a good name for a biker gang but fine enough for a book consumption effort.
It quickly became clear this was my kind of group.
A book club has always required a level of commitment I can't seem to muster. I don't want a club telling me what book to read. I like to make my own choices. And although I might like to get together and talk about the book, I'm not sure I'd actually make it on a regular basis.
At last, here's a book club I can get behind. Just read a book, make a note of it and move on to another.
Plus, although I have been a longtime reading enthusiast, there was a literary dry period after my kids were born.
In those years, my reading efforts sagged because there was so much else to do.
It's hard to take on Anna Karenina when, at any moment, someone developing the skill of walking might take a header down the stairs. Moby Dick can wait until some decade when you're not sleep deprived.