What is a Snark?

I cut my teeth on Classic Literature. The very first novel I read (that I can recall) was Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations. My grandmother gave me it and David Copperfield when I was 8 years old. Needless to say, I fell in love with the worlds that authors like Dickens, Carroll and Dahl created.

As I got older, I added in horror, science fiction, and romance. My aunts gave me Stephen King and Dean Koontz, and my dad gave me the complete works of Edgar Allan Poe. I still remember the look my English teacher gave me when she said to bring in our favorite book for “silent reading” when I was in third grade. I was the only one who brought in Poe… or anything like it. I got an equally weird look from my English Teacher in high school when I was able to quote long passages from numerous Shakespearean plays (another gift from my dad). Don’t worry – I lost those memories during one of the many parties I attended… I’m only slightly weird now.

So… What is a Snark?

It’s a fictional creature created by Lewis Carroll in his poem called The Hunting of the Snark: An Agony in 8 Fits. Along with several other nonsense words borrowed from his earlier poem Jabberwocky, the snark is equally nonsensical.

So… Why The Book Snark?

I can be as imaginary and nonsensical as I want to be… and I may turn out to be the incredibly dangerous Boojum. Careful you don’t get too close, or you might just disappear in the pages of my blog!

Books that Shaped the Young Mind of The Book Snark:

Here are the earliest books I remember reading from 8 until about 10 years old. If you haven’t read these books before, well you missed out. You may want to check them out now.