Stolen from Jordan
Do you remember how you developed a love of reading?
Not really. I learned to read really early and I always had books around. Then school happened and I was made to read things I didn’t love. After college was when my thirst for books really went into parched mode.
What are some books you loved as a child?
My favorite book from fourth grade to adulthood was Jane Eyre. I don’t really remember any other favorites.
What is your favorite genre?
I don’t really know. I know better what I don’t like: aliens, incompetent heroines, and bad sex.
Do you have a favorite novel?
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Where do you usually read?
My special giant reading chair in the living room, or in bed. Or sometimes at the dinner table (I know, I know. Good thing Mom doesn’t read this.) And anytime I’m waiting for anything.
When do you usually read?
When I should be doing housework, or yardwork, or cooking. I read in the car while the kids are at dance/soccer practice. I read before bed. I read if I have a little extra time in the morning. I read anytime I can get a little quiet.
Do you usually have more than one book you are reading at a time?
Not usually. My having more than one book at a time is a sign that I’m stressed out.
Do you read nonfiction in a different way or place than you read fiction?
I read non-fiction in a different way, but not place. And it’s different only in that I have a different expectation from non-fiction. And I often cross-reference what I’m reading with some other source. Hence looking up Sargent pictures in another book.
Do you buy most of the books you read, or borrow them, or check them out from the library?
It’s probably about half and half. I buy lots of books, but I also check a lot out of the library. Way more than I could afford to buy.
Do you keep most of the books you buy?
Nope. I have a couple hundred (blush) that I’m keeping because I love them and can’t part with them, but I have recently found the joy of donating my books to the library. And since I work there, I get to personally see the books I donated being sold to people who are really looking forward to reading them. It makes me really happy to see other enjoying books that were just sitting around my house collecting dust.
If you have children, what are some of the favorite books you have shared with them?
My kids appear to be actively rebelling against anything I’ve shown them. They like their own things. I did get them Now We Are Six, but they were uninterested.
What are you reading now?
Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz. I know, last one on the block. But I’m really enjoying it.
Do you keep a To Be Read List?
I do, but mostly because I felt guilty about all the unread books I had on my shelves. So I made a list of them all and I check them off when I’ve read them. It makes me feel like I’m accomplishing something.
I don’t know. Whatever I feel like when I finish Odd Thomas.
What books would you like to re-read?
So many! I re-read Pride and Prejudice every year. I have lots on my shelf I want to re-read, but I have so many to read for the first time!
Who are your favorite authors?
Well, Jane Austen for the duh factor. Charles Dickens. Alexander Dumas. Charlotte Bronte. Thomas Hardy. And in more recent authors Elizabeth Noble. Michael Chabon. And Janet Evanovich is my guilty pleasure.