A Book Survey, part 1
- Favorite genre of book? True crime. I’m fascinated by the minds of those who think they’ll get away with murder.
- Favorite biography? Clapton: The Biography by Broadway Books. I laughed, I cried, I still talk about a favorite story from his life. It’s a good (and easy!) read.
- Favorite cookbook? Alton Brown’s Everyday Cook is one of the best cookbooks I’ve ever used. I love seeing the science behind recipes, and Alton Brown’s hilarious writing only add to the amusement.
- Favorite poet? Oh, this is an interesting question. I have read a lot of Rumi’s poetry and love a lot of it. I’ve also read most of Emily Dickinson’s writing, too. I connect specifically with this Margaret Atwood’s You Fit Into Me poem, though.
- Favorite reading snack? Sweets, lemon bars, Skittles, pretzels, and always, a cup of coffee, too!
- Most inspirational book you’ve read this year? This year? None that I can think of. Leave me a suggestion if you’ve read an inspirational book this year!
- Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. This is one of my top five favorite books, until everyone read it and decided they needed to take every bit apart and compare it to how the Americans live now. I’m not way into that. I love the writing, the story behind the writing, and the “theology” of the situation … but I don’t actually want to connect it to what I’m truly living!
- How often do you agree with critics about a book? Depending on the book, I’m normally pretty close to their thoughts. I know that critics love Anna Karenina, but I hated it, so I don’t always agree.
- How do you feel about giving bad or negative reviews? If the book is poorly written or deserves a “bad” or “negative” review, I never feel poorly about writing it. I am tactful but honest, and sometimes author’s need to know that their stuff isn’t up to snuff!
- If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you choose? I have a degree in German, but it’s definitely not as fluid as it was in college, so I would love to be able to fluently read in auf Deutsch again. (I read Siddhartha by Herman Hesse in German the first time I read it. That was complicated.)