For the Love of Reading meme: Just for fun and to celebrate a well deserved day off…

Today is my first full day off this semester (Labor Day doesn’t count because I prepped class ALL day). I do need to clean house (the partner is turning 30 and the parental units are showing up), but most of the day will be spent reading. So, what better way to celebrate reading on rainy days off than a reading meme. Love it.

What have you just read?
Last book I finished was The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright about Al-Qaeda and the build up to 9/11. Excellent book by the way.

What are you reading now?
For our Friends of the Library book club, I’m reading The Innocent Man by John Grisham. I would’ve never picked this up on my own and I’m a bit surprised it was on the list, but hey that’s why you join a book club, right?!
Also, I’m finishing up When Christ and His Saints Slept by Sharon Kay Penman. And when I say finishing up, I mean I’m hitting the 300 page mark in the 600 pager. Great book, just little long.

Do you have any idea what you’ll read when you’re done with that?
The next book club book is Stoner by John Williams. I also want to read Blue Latitudes by Tony Horwitz because he is the funniest thing ever. I’m trying to read The Librarian Instruction Cookbook. … Trying.

What’s the worst thing you were ever forced to read?
Anything with the word competencies or guidelines in the title. Also some of my grad school Political Science literature was so horribly written that I wanted to rip my eyes out.

What’s one book you always recommend to just about anyone?
Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami. Seriously, you should read it. I have a copy. You can borrow it.

Admit it, sadly the librarians at your library know you on a first name basis, don’t they?
Um. Well, sadly, yes. Because I’m a librarian. Do you have a problem with that?

Is there a book you absolutely love, but for some reason, people never think it sounds interesting, or maybe they read it and don’t like it at all?
The Evolution of Cooperation by Robert Axelrod

Do you read books while you eat?
Books and magazines. I’m hard core like that.

While you bathe?
Well, not that hard core.

While you listen to music?
Hells no.

When you were little did other children tease you about your reading habits?
No. I was big enough that I could beat them up.

What’s the last thing you stayed up half the night reading because it was so good you couldn’t put it down?
Strangely enough, Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. Not a perfect book, but the section on the Korean airline was riveting. And I’m not being sarcastic.

Have any books made you cry?
Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey. Threw it across the room a couple of times too. Read it. Great book. I have a copy. You can borrow it.