“You can't always judge people by the things they done. You got to judge them by what they are doing now.”
What kind of reader were you as a child? Which childhood books and authors stick with you most?
I was an avid reader as a child. I often had several books going at a time and would get so engrossed that I would tune out conversations around me. To my parents’ endless dismay, I also would tune out them as well! I would need several interruptions from them to do some of the household chores like setting the table for dinner, walking the dogs, et cetera. As soon as I would complete those jobs, I was back to my book!
I loved reading the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I still remember the Christmas that I received the boxed set as a gift. It was the highlight of the holiday. I read and reread those books until they looked as well-loved as they actually were! That definitely sparked an interest in historical fiction for the rest of my life.
Carolyn Keene was another author that I was passionate about! I read the entire Nancy Drew series. Again, one of the best gifts I ever received was a book a month subscription! Each month I would receive the next book in the series and would read that book at least twice before the next month’s offering arrived.
Describe your ideal reading experience (when, where, what, how).
My ideal reading experiences vary depending on the season. In the colder months, I love lounging on the couch with a fire merrily crackling, and a hot beverage to sip placed nearby. In the summer months, the deck calls to me in the morning. I bring out my book and my coffee, and settle in with the birds chirping and the cool morning breezes fluttering my pages on occasion. When the heat sets in, it is time to bring my book and a chair and sit at the beach!
What’s the most interesting thing you learned from a book recently?
I read a lot of classic books now. Currently, I am reading a series by Anthony Trollope. I learned there are many expressions or uses of figurative language that I have never heard before. For example, “I’m as round as your hat, and as square as your elbow!” I really need to use the context clues to understand these!
You’re organizing a literary dinner party. Which three writers, dead or alive, do you invite?
That would be a difficult choice! However, hands down Kate DiCamillo would be my top choice. She brings such a unique “voice” to each of her books. I would also invite Angie Sage, a British author who writes outstanding fantasy books which are funny and adventurous at the same time! Lastly, I think I would invite Laura Ingalls Wilder and ask her the many questions I have wondered about her life growing up when our country was still so young.
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