An Introduction

coffeeliquidhugI think the last time I did one of these memes I was still in college. That was like two decades ago. I’m not new to this scene.


Author you’ve read the most books from: Patricia Cornwell, easily. In high school I started with Postmortem and through college I read her books. Almost 20 years later, when a new one appears at the library even now, I tear through it.

Best Sequel Ever: J.R.R. Tolkien’s Return of the King; it was a sequel to the second in the series. That works, right?

Currently Reading: The Troop by Nick Cutter

Drink of Choice While Reading: strong coffee; though a cold San Pellegrino is right behind that.

E-reader or Physical Book? I prefer my Kindle Paperwhite, but I love to read a physical book. I love to take notes in books and that’s hard with a Paperwhite, but I love being able to take hundreds of books with me in a single pocket and that’s hard with physical books.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:  Charlie Kelmeckis, the narrator in The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance: Hugh Howey’s Wool; absolutely worth the read!

Hidden Gem Book: The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber

Important Moment in your Reading Life: I was barely four years old, and my dad took me on a job site with him. I asked a stranger “may I read a book to you?” and while the stranger was willing to let this little kid “read” a book to her, I read the actual words from the page to her and still (31 years later!) remember her shocked expression as I told her The Story of Ferdinand.

Just Finished: I Am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll.

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read: *smells something stinky face* What? I’d read anything. I can find the good in any book.

Longest Book You’ve Read: Centennial by James Michner (1,056 pages; read it multiple times, too!)

Major book hangover because of: She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb. I go back to this book when I’m stuck in a place where I’m feeling low emotion … this book always restarts an emotional journey for me.

Number of Bookcases You Own: Just one, but my entire hallways is built-in bookshelves, Kal’s office has three seven-foot bookcases, we have a bookshelf in the kitchen (yes), and there are five built-in library shelves in my office. I also have PILES of books around because I don’t always put them on the bookcase shelves I do have!

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times: Just one? The Phantom Tollbooth is one of my favorites since fourth grade. Norton Juster’s wordplay is beautiful.

Preferred Place To Read: alone, near the ocean in a hammock in 78* weather with a slight breeze. Most often I read in or on the bed, though. Now that I’m not teaching I plan to read EVERYWHERE again.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read: “‘Only the rocks live forever,’ Gray Wolf said.” from Michner’s Centennial. (Thanks Mr. Thomas for making me read this book; it changed my life.)

Reading Regret: not trying science fiction as a high school student; I was set completely against it and I wish that I had been exposed to more “boy” books as a kid.

Series You Started And Need To Finish (all books are out in series): The Magicians series from Lev Grossman; it got too dark and sexual for me and I had to quit reading.

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books: (I’m only mentioning ones that weren’t previously mentioned … I have a lot of “all-time favorite” books.) 1) I Am Charlotte Simmons: A Novel by Tom Wolfe     2) Made in America: An Informal History of the English Language in the United States by Bill Bryson     3) Wonder by R.J. Palacio.

Unapologetic Fangirl For: John Green’s books … I like them all.

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others: uh, I don’t actually keep up with book releases; I just pick up what strikes me as something I might enjoy. I don’t think that’s a weird or bad thing.

Worst Bookish Habit: most people think this is terrible, but I actually DO NOT. I write in my books. I write in all my physical reading books. I once lent a very well and close-read copy of Made in America to a boy. He didn’t return it and I regret ever sharing that book with him. LOL

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book: I had to get up to do this, you owe me a coffee. Marvel’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz graphic novel; it’s one of my more recent purchases!

Your latest book purchase: HAH! It wasn’t for me, but last weekend I bought Moo My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Wondercolts Forever: The Diary of Celestia and Luna by Hasbro. The last book I bought for myself was National Geographic The Greeks: An Illustrated History by Diane Harris Cline. I like ancient civilizations.

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late): Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan.
this meme discovered on The Perpetual Page Turner


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