What is this blog for?
It’s for reviewing books of all types. I started putting reviews on Goodreads around 2007, and did so off and on every since then. In 2013, when our first child was born, I started a blog with my wife. A little while after that, I submitted a review to The Stake which went over well. That inspired me to create an independent blog just for book reviews.
Where did the title of the blog come from?
I lifted this name from one of my favorite Shearwater songs. It contemplates a whale bleeding out into the water as glimpsed from below, inspired by a scene from the documentary Blue Water, White Death. It’s a pretty great film if you’re the nature type. I also stole it for my Twitter handle (@Leviathan_B).
What’s your favorite book?
What’s your favorite bookstore?
When we moved to Des Moines, we lucked out big time by landing pretty close to Beaverdale Books. But I can’t buy new books very often, so I’ve been using the library more than ever—the branch near us is awesome. And another favorite spot is Half Price Books. I really like what they do to keep a bunch of great books in rotation for the public.