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1. Who are your favorite authors?
Diana Gabaldon and Bill Bryson come immediately to mind, though I can’t really say I have any FAVORITE authors.
2. What are your favorite books?
I love (present tense, for it is an enduring love) the Outlander series by the aforementioned Ms. Gabladon, I adored The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, and I could (and will) re-read Frankenstein again and again and again….
3. What kind of books do you tend to read?
I tend to like fiction – historical fiction in particular. I’m an English teacher, though – so I usually get to read things that are found in anthologies or that gain the attention of the academic community; at least, professionally. I get my “for fun” recommendations from friends, colleagues, and the display cases of my favorite bookstore.
4. Do you prefer to borrow books from the library or buy them?
I am all about the owning. Some women buy shoes; I buy books. I tend to get them used, though; I don’t need to be the first person to ever open the book. As long as no one’s written in the margins and the cover is still intact, I’ll take a used book over a new one almost all the time. I’m a book whore, but I’m a cheap book whore.
5. Do you prefer hardcover or paperback?
I generally prefer paperback, but I do own a few hardcover books. Mostly, those were gifts, though. Like I said… cheap.
6. What was the last book you read? What are you reading now?
The last book I read was A Scrap of Time and Other Stories by Ida Fink. I’m working my way through most of Voices and Views: A History of the Holocaust for the fellowship I’ll be attending all next week.
7. Do you read everyday?
Yes; without fail.
8. On average how many books do you read per year?
You know, I’ve never counted. Let’s see; it’s July now, and I’ve already read 16 books, so I’m on schedule for about 30 or so before the year’s out, especially considering that I’m teaching a lit class this summer.
9. Do you belong to any book clubs?
Yes! I belong to two, actually. I co-founded an online club with Saintseester and Bo – the Dark and Stormy Book Club. Please join us; we’re reading The Book Thief this time around and we have a blast every. Single. Month (even when the book sucks). I also started a “brick and mortar” book club with a former lit student of mine. Our membership includes myself and my student, the student’s fiancee, the student’s best friend, and O’Mama. We try to meet once a month, but it’s more like once every other; this time around, we read (and I heartily enjoyed) The Memory Keeper’s Daughter.
10. Recommend a good book.
I thought I just recommended a quite a few. Really, though, do join us on the Dark and Stormy for The Book Thief. It’s a young adult novel, you can probably get through it in a weekend (that’s how long it took me), and I can assure you that between the great story and the amazing insights of my co-hosts, you won’t be disappointed.
This is the view Mrs. Chili had for most of Sunday. Really, is there a better way to spend a summer afternoon?
I should also say that this was part of my view all day, as well. Again, though; no better way to spend an afternoon!