Reading Chemistry is the brainchild resulting from the metaphorical intersection of Conclave, a book, and the UN. While I was at Alpha Chi Sigma's biennial Conclave, I attended a forum to brainstorm ideas for the International Year of Chemistry (IYC). I was also reading Sam Kean's The Disappearing Spoon. When I got home from Conclave, I finished The Disappearing Spoon and then ordered three more chemistry-related books.
Then it hit me - I could start a blog so people could post about chemistry books of all types. Scientific, popular science, history, biography, fiction. All different types. And I could get it up and running by 2011.