2nd March 2012

No Fridays at Home today, though I will in all likelihood spend Friday at home. ๐Ÿ™‚ Between jury duty Monday and Wednesday and prepping for my students’ midterm exams next week, I am tired. As promised in last week’s Fridays at Home post, this weekend I cleaned out my closet, did a ton of laundry, cleaned out my office, and scrubbed my floors: I’m talking on my hands and knees scrubbing. 108-year-old wood floors don’t play around. I can sweep and mop, but once a month, I have to do a good old-fashioned scrubbing with Johnson’s Oil Soap. They’re looking pretty darn good.

Let’s suffice it to say, I slept well this week. I don’t really dream, or at least I don’t remember my dreams, but sometimes I have great ideas when I’m asleep or in that half-awake/half-asleep state. I knew I wanted to do a new feature on the blog – bookish but not just a review. Then it came to me: a bookish advice column.

What is a bookish advice column? Well, just like a normal advice column, I need readers to ask questions. Silly questions, real questions, serious questions, it’s up to you. I, in response, will do what I do in real life. Relate it to books (or, as I often do in the classroom, to the show Friends). Got a man problem? Let’s break out the Jane Austen, if only to show you what not to do. Someone stole your lunch from the fridge at work? Let’s see how Pietra Brnwa from Beat the Reaper would handle it. You get the picture.

So. This is collaborative. I need questions. You can comment in this post, or if you want to be anonymous, send me an email at Depending on the amount of questions I get, this could be weekly (maybe on Saturdays) or more sporadic.

Ask away, dear reader.

P.S. If you come up with a stellar name for the feature, you might just be rewarded…. (hint, hint) The best I can do so far is Dear Reader (which I love for the Jane Eyre-ish note to it but not sure it’s quite right. Plus, it only addresses my half of the advice).

  • Imagination isn’t my strong suit. All I’ve got is:

    Dear Picky

  • Erm… “The book will set you free”? or “Answers between the pages”? or “Just Ask Jane Austen”? or “A little book told me”?

    Just a coupleof random ideas ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I LOVE “A little book told me…” especially as “a little birdie told me” was/is one of my grandmother’s favorite expressions. THANK YOU!

    • Great idea! A little book told me….awesome.

  • How about Dear Jane? I really wanted to ask the first question, but my brain is in Friday mode, and I can’t formulate anything witty right now. So, I guess I’ll have to give that honor to someone else. Great idea, Jenn!

    • I actually just got my first question, but I have room for plenty more. Ask away later. I’ll forgive the Friday brain. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Hmmm. I thought about you this morning as I was spitting out my toothpaste into my sink. Wondered what would be up on Fridays at Home today.

    Dear Jenn – I like to read in bed before I go to sleep but my husband would rather watch TV. Unfortunately my short attention span will not allow me to concentrate on my reading while there is TV in the background. Pry tell what is the solution? (the solution would be for hubs to be a reader but he just isn’t…).

    –Sincerely, Anonymous (or Trish) in Bed.

    • HAHAHAHA! I so love that you thought about me as you spit. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Got your question. Look for it in the next couple of weeks. Thanks!

  • Lisa Ervin

    Love your idea. I like “Dear Picky” as Jennifer 0 suggested. Or “Life by the Books” “Lit Logic”

    Looking forward to your new feature!

    • Thanks so much! I think I’ll definitely use “Dear Picky” but will call the feature “A Little Book Told Me So.”

  • Richard Wiseman

    I love this idea, it’s a great idea! If you’re going to give it a name from a book I’d suggest the character you choose to pick for that week as the source of the title e.g. ‘Ask Atticus’. ‘Interview Ishmael’ etc. Additionally if you need an umbrella title for the blog I’d suggest ‘Off The Page’. Anyway I’ll be looking out for it.

    • Hm. Now that’s an interesting idea. Thanks so much! I’m looking forward to it, too. Should be in the next couple of weeks.

  • I do love ‘Dear Reader’, maybe something playing with ‘reading between the lines’? Or ‘inspired by’… with reference to the novel you’re using? I’m going to email some questions so I don’t embarrass myself by flashing my dirty laundry all over the internet! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • I know. I love “Dear Reader.” I think I’ll stick with that for the salutation. This is so fun! I look forward to getting your questions. Send ’em to