October 2013 Reader of the Month – Emily M.

Emily M.

This is the twenty-second interview for Reader of the Month.

I’d worked at my current library a little while before I met Emily M. She had worked there prior to my employment. However, when she stopped to visit her old work buddies, I had the chance to meet her. Being a couple of book nerds, we were fast friends. It does my heart good to know she’s on her way to becoming a librarian by degree!

1.  What is the best thing you’ve read in the past year?  I really enjoyed Greg Gutfeld’s The Joy of Hate (the title is ironic, not literal).  I found his irreverent humor and quick wit refreshing.

2.  Do you have any quirks when it comes to reading?  Nothing I can think of…although, I do enjoy reading cookbooks as if they were stories – so maybe that’s kind of weird?
3.   What’s on your bookshelf or in your bookbag?  Right now I’m reading The Serpent and the Rainbow, by Wade Davis.  I had seen the movie years ago (I have a thing for Bill Pullman) but the book is quite different…a very “scientific” and anthropological approach to zombies and voodoo in the Haitian culture.
4.  Who supplies your reading materials?  I enjoy reading articles online.  For books, I order through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and I enjoy shopping at the 29 Palms Library Friends sale.  They always have great finds!
5.  What type of reading do you usually enjoy?  I gravitate toward history, biographies, political science, travel and classic lit.
6.  Who are some authors you read regardless of anything?  Toni Morrison, Neil Peart, Kahlil Gibran, & Mark Steyn.
7.  What’s on your TBR list?  Tender at the Bone, by Ruth Reichl; Homer’s Odyssey: a Fearless Feline Tale, by Gwen Cooper; and the new Vivien Leigh biography that came out this week (along with a bazillion other books).
8.  Can you recall a book that changed your life?  Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison; Mao’s Last Dancer, by Li Cunxin; The Masked Rider, by Neil Peart; The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint Exupery; and Winnie the Pooh/House at Pooh Corner, by A.A. Milne have all had a significant impact on my life.
9.  What was something you enjoyed reading as a child?   Charlotte’s Web has always been my favorite.  I must have read it a dozen times as a kid.  I also loved Shel Silverstein poems (and still do…who doesn’t?), Lois Duncan, and the Nancy Drew series.
10.  Where do you like to read?  Mostly on the couch.
11.  Other than reading, what do you like doing?  I’m fortunate to live just outside of Joshua Tree National Park and love to go hiking there with my husband.  I also enjoy yoga, gardening, and baking when I have the time.
12.  Where can we find you online?  Facebook and, if you have a reference question on a weekday between 11am and 1pm (PST), you can find me on the Greenleaf Library web chat!
13.  Would you like to give a shout out to other avid readers online?  Well, I think most of my friends are avid readers…so I’ll just give a shout out to my FM friends.  Hello to you, Milagros, Candice, Janette, & Jim and all my other FM friends!  Miss y’all!
14.  What do you challenge people to read?  I didn’t always appreciate classic lit when I was assigned it in school. As an adult, I’ve found rediscovering it quite rewarding.  I avoided Tess of the D’Urbervilles for so long and, when I finally read it, I was intrigued.  Maybe life experience has helped put things in perspective.
15.  How about sharing five random facts about you?  I’m obsessed with all types of dance, dancers, the history of dance, etc. and I feel like I’m a pretty decent tap dancer.  I would love to have been a ballet dancer, though.  I can’t sit through an entire ballet without crying.  I also think it would be awesome to be a race car driver.  I don’t know much about cars, but I love to watch F1, American Le Mans, and my favorite is World Rally Championship.  My dad is a flagger for a lot of races in Southeast Texas – so maybe I inherited that passion from him.  Also, I’m an animal person and I especially love dogs, but live with pesky cats.  I think that’s five things.  Right?  I’m terrible at math!


May 2013 Reader of the Month – Michael P.

This is the seventeenth interview for Reader of the Month.

About a year ago, I had the pleasure to interview Candice P. In her Reader of the Month feature, she mentioned her husband, Michael P. Candice has gone on to form her own blog warmcuppatea (a must read). Thus, when I asked if he’d be a willing interviewee, Michael kindly obliged to be the May Reader of the Month.

Michael P.

Michael P.

1.     What’s the best thing you’ve read in the past year?

I haven’t finished yet it but I have really been enjoying Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card. 

2.      Do you have any quirks when it comes to reading?

I tend to read before I go to sleep.

3.      What’s on your bookshelf or in your book bag?

Everything Orson Scott Card related, including novels and Graphic Novels. I also enjoy Stephen Lawhead.

4.      Who supplies your reading material?

The library, Amazon, and Half Price Books.

5.      What type of reading do you usually enjoy?

Science fiction and fantasy

6.      Who are some authors that you read regardless of anything?

OSC, Tolkien, C.S. Lewis

7.      What’s on your TBR (to be read) list?

Treason, Shadows in Flight, and Ruins by Orson Scott Card

8.      Can you recall a book that changed your life? How so?

The Bible because it shaped me into the man I am today

9.   What was something you enjoyed reading as a child?

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

10.  Where do you like to read?

In bed.

11.  Other than reading, what do you like doing?

Video Games, movies, anime and manga, graphic design and art, and hanging out with friends and family, watching Miyazaki films

12.  Where can we find you online?

Zazzle (camera101 and sparkyparks2), Facebook, Twitter

13.  Would you like to make a shout out to any other avid readers that are online?

To my loving wife, Candice.

14.  What do you challenge people to read?

The Bible and The Silmarillion by J.R.R Tolkien.

15.   How about sharing five random facts about you?

I like MMO’s, airplane rides, hanging out with my wife, and I enjoy gentle breezes and total relaxation.


Top Ten Books That Get Candice Into The Halloween Spirit

Top Ten Tuesday | The Broke and the Bookish
Since I don’t read much that gets me in the Halloween Spirit, I’ve asked my pal Candice P. (June Reader of the Month) to come up with her top ten books.
  1. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
  2. Stephen King’s The Green Mile
  3. Bram Stoker’s Dracula
  4. Stephen King’s The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
  5. Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles Series
  6. Stephen King’s The Shining
  7. Seth Grahame-Smith’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings Trilogy
  9. J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Series
  10. R.L. Stine’s Fear Street

June Reader of the Month – Candice P.

This is the sixth interview for Reader of the Month.

About ten months ago, my current place of employment began interviewing for part-time reference

Candice P.

assistants. Just the interviews excited the staff. While waiting her turn, Candice P. and I talked about the library, the community, and the fact that she was studying to be a librarian at my alma mater – North Texas. When Candice landed the position, I was overjoyed. Candice and I became fast friends. She’s one of my go-to people, especially for book recommendations.

1. What’s the best thing you’ve read in the past year?

I don’t think I read anything mind blowing or life changing this year, but I did finally read Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, and I thought it was amazing. I also read The Hunger Games, and enjoyed it.

2. Do you have any quirks when it comes to reading?

I do, but mainly I have character quirks. If they are too annoying or constantly make ridiculous decisions that don’t make any sense that really annoys me. In my opinion, that doesn’t mean that the characters are just annoying, but that the writing isn’t up to par as well. Of course, sometimes the writing is brilliant, and I just don’t care for the character. I think character compatibility is kind of like making friends. You don’t always want to read about people that you wouldn’t hang out with, and sometimes you enjoy reading about characters that would make great enemies. It’s kind of a fickle balance, at least in my case.   I think my biggest quirk is that my tastes in reading are so random. I really love books within a series, because I get to know the characters really well. I love it when I can get swept away by a story that goes on for several books!

3. What’s on your bookshelf or in your book bag?

1984 is in my purse, Nicholas Spark’s True Believer and Stephen King’s 11/22/63 are on my iPod, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is on my Kindle, and My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult and Bossypants by Tina Fey are on my nightstand….and there are too many books on my bookshelf but there is a whole lot on there of Orson Scott Card’s various works, including the graphic novels, which are amazing.

4. Who supplies your reading material?

I have a Kindle, so Amazon, Half Priced Books, or the library.

5. What type of reading do you usually enjoy?

As I said before, I really enjoy books where the author does an excellent job with character development. As far as genre, I enjoy books that have paranormal or science fiction aspects to them. I usually am open to reading to different genres, though.

6. Who are some authors that you read regardless of anything?

Nicholas Sparks, J.K. Rowling (I have only read Harry Potter, but she has a new book coming out soon! YAY! ) Meg Cabot, Orson Scott Card, and Stephen King, though some of his really scary stuff is a bit much for me as I get older. I wish that I could say I read a lot of really intelligent non-fiction books, but when I read for entertainment, it is usually exciting or humorous works of fiction.

7. What’s on your TBR (to be read) list?

A lot. The rest of The Hunger Games trilogy, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, My Sister’s Keeper, The Circle Series by Ted Dekker, Mother of Storms by John Barnes, and a slew of graphic novels and anime series because I recently discovered that I think they’re awesome.  There are many more books on that list.

8. Can you recall a book that changed your life? How so?

If this is a book that actually changed my life, I would have to choose something Christian based because that is the biggest change that happened to me in my adulthood. So, of course, there is the Bible. Other than  that I remember reading Max Lucado’s It’s Not About Me in college, and that was a really good one that put some things in perspective.  I also loved The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom.

9. What was something you enjoyed reading as a child?

I got started on chapter books at a really young age and probably read more than I do even now.  I really enjoyed reading Stephen King when I was pretty young…though I don’t think that will be something I ever give my children. I turned out relatively normal though, so I suppose it is okay. Other than that I really enjoyed realistic and historic fiction as a child and teen, which is strange because as an adult I enjoy fantasy and science fiction more! My favorite book as a young child was Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.

10. Where do you like to read?

When it’s not hot outside I love reading outside. Other than that I love to read in bed before I go to sleep at night.

11. Other than reading, what do you like doing?

I love hanging out with my husband, cooking, going to the beach and just being with people whose company I enjoy. Sometimes where you are or what you’re doing isn’t always as important as whom you’re with. I also love playing video games. I really love movies, too. I used to be that person in class who quoted movies all the time….

12. Where can we find you online?

Facebook and Google Plus, though I do absolutely nothing on there.

13. Would you like to make a shout out to any other avid readers that are online?

Hi! *waves enthusiastically *

14. How about sharing five random facts about you?

I am such a boring person, so this one is tough for me. I love frogs, I have incredibly random and sporadic tastes in reading and music, I enjoy cheesy science fiction movies (especially Mystery Science Theatre style), I really love being married and have a wonderful husband…and I love the beach!

15. What do you challenge people to read?

I don’t there is anything specific that I would challenge people to read, but I always think it is good to stretch ourselves outside of our comfort zone, in one way or another. I think we can get stuck in ruts when it comes to reading, and I try to challenge myself to read genres I wouldn’t normally read. I have tried to challenge myself this year to go back and read some of the classics that I never read, or ones that I haven’t read in years! I think that is a good, realistic challenge for everybody. Go and read a classic book you continuously hear about, but have never actually read. Go! Now!