About Us


Welcome to our little corner of the internet! There are two of us blogging here at Bookish Pursuits – Christine, aka Moonlight Reader and Obsidian Blue!

archimedesI am Christine – mother, wife and lawyer. I have lived 50 years  on this green earth – 40-ish of them as a reader. This blog is dedicated to my life as a book hoarder and devourer of the written word. I am seldom seen without a book near at hand. Now that my children are older, I have much more reading time than I did when I was a mother to young children.

I am proud to say that I have raised one reader, and am on my way to raising a second. My daughter is in her junior year in college as a biology major, although she is still a voracious reader of fantasy literature, YA and otherwise, and my son is a junior in high school. He is a musician much more than a reader, although he does love a good story! I’ve also been married for more than 20 years to the most wonderful man I’ve ever met, who puts up with my reading and book hoarding issues without (much) complaint.

There are authors that I loved as a child: C.S. Lewis, Madeleine L’Engle and J.R.R. Tolkien. Characters that I count as friends include Lizzie Bennett, Anne Shirley, Hermione Granger, Molly Weasley, Lady Julia Grey, and Lily Bart. I am a book nerd, openly, unashamedly and sometimes loudly passionate about books.

Forty-odd years ago I learned to read, and I realized that I could see the world through different eyes. From Sara Crewe to Laura Ingalls, I was a Victorian orphan and an American pioneer. The greatest gift that I have ever received was the gift of literacy – thanks, mom.

So, come on in, pull up a chair. Here I will talk about what I am reading and what I have read. I hope you’ll join me in the conversation.


  1. Graydon Wilson

    July 27, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    The abortion issue rant was great. Thanks for that.

    On your list of classics, there’s a decided favoritism for Dickens. Many people share that. But I do think you’ve too harsh with Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein.

    • The favoritism for Dickens is because he is a separate project – I am reading all of his novels.

      I haven’t read Frankenstein, although I intend to!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I noticed that you closed the comments today on the abortion issue. I also notice that my comment I made on the 26th was left out while the rest were allowed. My comment was tastefully posted, and polite. The only difference I can tell is that it disagreed with you completely. I wonder why it is that pro-life supporters and their blogs allow for opinions that disagree, while pro-choice blogs always delete the comments. Seems to me there are some very closed minds out there.

    • Aaron:

      I did send your comment to the trash bin. You may consider it tasteful to refer to people as murderers. I don’t. In addition, this is a blog. More specifically, it is my blog. The post to which you refer was originally posted in October, 2012. At the beginning of the activity on that post, which was significantly greater than I expected, I did post comments in opposition. I am sure that you didn’t read all 224 comments, but there was a point in the comments when I indicated that I could no longer respond to comments, and, also, that comments in opposition would no longer be posted. I understand that you disagree with me. I think that your position that every person involved in having, financing, and performing an abortion should receive the death penalty is both outrageous and, frankly, insane. I nearly allowed your comment through because I think that it is good for women and medical professionals to understand that there are people out there like you. In the end, though, I decided to simply continue with my prior position and delete it. It is not that I did not give the opposition a voice – it is that I didn’t give you a voice. There is a difference.

      I have posted 83 blog posts. 79 of them are about books. You come onto my “about me” page, not to talk to me about books, but rather, to lecture me about being closed minded for not allowing you to flame-throw on my private blog.

      If you want to call people who avail themselves of a constitutionally-protected right murderers, start your own blog. No one will stop you from being crazy in your own space.

      • Well said, Christine. And, on the basis of that (and a shared love of books), I’m following your blog.

      • Cheryel Lemley-McRoy

        August 3, 2013 at 11:40 am

        I just read your post today about abortion, and I commend you on a well written discourse. I bookmarked your page because it was so good. I wish I could have gotten in on the comments because I wanted to ask/state two things.
        1. Not every religion believes abortion is murder. My religion states that a fetus is not a human being until it takes “the breath of life”. If abortion is outlawed because legislators take a conservative Christian stance, are they in violation of legislating their beliefs, and thus in violation of the First Amendment? What about women like me who don’t share their religious beliefs?
        2. For decades, Republicans postured about abortion, but introduced no legislation. All of a sudden recently, there has been a slew of anti-abortion bills introduced. Why has it become urgent now? It is well known that the Koch brothers are anti-abortion. Is there Koch money involved in this sudden legislation? I’d like to see an investigation into that angle.

  3. I’m curious about the photo in your header – is that a painting by Atkinson Grimshaw by any chance?

  4. Quick ?: are you on BookLikes? I’d like to follow you there, also.

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