This is the third interview for Reader of the Month.
Four years ago, I applied for a reference librarian position in Clear Lake. Soon after, the branch librarian called me and set up an interview. After the interview, the assistant branch librarian gave me a tour. During this visit, she introduced me to Janette L.
When I started at Freeman, Janette and I became fast friends. Janette is the “Go-To Woman” on many things at the library. This includes all sorts of reading.
1. What’s the best thing you’ve read in the past year?
I would have to say it is a toss up between 3 online items that I read faithfully:
Girl Genius Online – a webcomic of Romance, Adventure and Mad Science! For Romance, Adventure and Mad Science!
Whatever – a blog by writer John Scalzi. For Whatever
Sciguy – a science blog with Eric Berger. For weather, science stuff & Katy evac jokes
2. Do you have any quirks when it comes to reading?
I can get so absorbed in my reading that I would not hear someone next to me talking. I discovered this in 3rdgrade when we had a free reading period. I remember looking up and realizing that we were now 15 minutes into the next lesson section. I was able to switch out books undetected. Because of this, I usually don’t read books during lunch at work.
3. What’s on your bookshelf or in your book bag?
There is a reason why I have a t-shirt with “Bibliovore” on it. I admit to leanings towards science fiction, fantasy, mysteries, horror, nonfiction & technical manuals
5. What type of reading do you usually enjoy?
See #3 🙂
6. Who are some authors that you read regardless of anything?
Mercedes Lackey, Anne McCaffery (RIP), Sandra Boynton, and more. Again see #3
7. What’s on your TBR (to be read) list?
Again see #3. Due to how voraciously I ready, this can change daily. I can consume several hundred pages in mere hours.
8. Can you recall a book that changed your life? How so?
I read a book on space exploration that had been written by Arthur C. Clarke in the 60’s. I used it as a reference for a report that started “Beep…..beep…..beep…..” then went on to explain about Sputnik, what had followed and what the future could hold.
I then found that Clarke also wrote science FICTION, and went on to discover Asimov, Heinlein and haven’t stopped yet.
9. What was something you enjoyed reading as a child?
Andrew Lang’s Fairy books, these are collections of fairy tales. Each book has a color in its name. The Red Fairy Book is one example. There were about a dozen of them & had illustrations.
10. Where do you like to read?
Anywhere comfortable – I usually take a book for reading or puzzles to work when I go anywhere, just in case.
11. Other than reading, what do you like doing?
12. Where can we find you online?
See #1. Elsewise, I am recently on Google+, if you want to follow me at ireadalota at gmail.com . You could find me boring. Be warned, my spam filters are set high, if I get unfamiliar email with odd subject lines.
13. Would you like to make a shout out to any other avid readers that are online?
14. How about sharing five random facts about you?
I have a BS in Mechanical Engineering. I once asked for a vise with anvil plate for Christmas and got one. I own a 5ft ax with a 14 inch wide blade named “Sir”.
I can fix many things using just my Leatherman. I work in a Public Library as a Reference Assistant.