Hi, my name is Julie and I like music. I also like reading. In fact, I love both of these things; I live and breathe both music and books.

I'm a firm believer that the best way to experience music is at a live show. Hearing music directly from the performer surrounded by other people who are as in love with what they're hearing as you are is one of the best things in this world.

Real world-permitting I go to every show I can and try my best to photograph the main event. I don't have a fancy DLSR but I do have a pretty nifty little digital camera and I take a few hundred pictures each time - law of averages means a few will be awesome enough to put on my walls.

As far as books go, well I have this totally attainable goal of reading everything that has stood the test of time and secondarily, anything that has been rated by a collection of authors, journalists or 'those in the know' as being unmissable. Hence the two book lists on this blog.

The first list is taken from a newspaper article listing the 100 books "you can't live without." This list contains many books that I had read already and many that I honestly would never have chosen to read in my life and a few that I've never heard of.

Given that my reading is rather limited to classics, I'd like to eat my way through this list, as I think it'll give me a better idea of what's out there in the way of literature - that isn't just what's being studied in schools and Universities (and the cousins of those books).

The second list, however, really floats my boat. The story behind it goes a little something like this: 100 writers from 54 countries each proposed a list of ten books which were compiled and organised by the Norwegian Book Club in 2002 into the 100 Best Books of All Time. The books date from a few centuries BC right up until 1995 and are supposedly "all on equal footing" with the exception of Don Quixote which was deemed "meilleure oeuvre littéraire jamais ecrite."

So here, I'll document my progress through all these awesome awesome books, and will upload some select pictures from the particularly amazing gigs and some odd bits and pieces in between.