I'm a wife, mom, sister, daughter, friend, and avid reader. I don't feel like I have time to be any of them enough. My life tends to be completely crazy, and yet it's the best life I could ask for.
Five favorite books?
(note - this list is subject to change based on my current emotional state, and the reliability of my memory. *grin*)
The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
The Dance of the Dissident Daughter by Sue Monk Kidd
The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
Are there any genres you refuse to read?
Self-help. I can't stand them. Those types of books make my teeth grate. And I don't technically REFUSE to read westerns, but I honestly can't remember the last time I did.
Do you have any hidden (or not-so-hidden) superpowers?
I think carrying two two-year-olds up and down a flight of stairs without dropping them counts as a superpower, right??
If you could invite any literary characters to a dinner party, who would you invite, and what would be the party theme?
Two of my favorite heroines are Anne from the Anne of Green Gables series, and Katniss from the Hunger Games trilogy. I'd love to have them both together for an evening - Anne is all hopes and dreams, and Katniss is all down-to-earth practicality. I don't know if they would love each other or detest each other, but I'd love to get them together. We could have an "Iron Chef" party - the secret ingredients could be rabbits and brown sugar, and I bet the results would be hilarious!
You're trapped on a desert island. Which books do you NOT want with you?
Huckleberry Finn. Ulysses. The Five Agreements.
Give me your best: one book I must read, one book blog I must visit, and one thing I should never say to strangers.
You MUST read The Lions of Al-Rassan. It's fantasy wrapped in history wrapped in an incredible love story. My mom (who doesn't read fantasy) even liked it, and it's the novel I want to read over and over again.
You MUST visit BookLust - http://www.aartichapati.com/. Aarti is constantly reading something that sounds interesting, and I've read some fantastic books by following her recommendations. I don't have time to read nearly as many blogs as I'd like, but hers is one I keep up with whenever possible.
One thing you should NEVER say to strangers - So, what do you think about the current vampire situation in Congress?
Thanks Elizbeth! I think your superpower definitely counts, and wouldn’t you know it, I hate self-help books too. I haven’t read The Lions of Al-Rassan, but I’m convinced I should give it a try – and so should everyone visiting!
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