“5 Questions about Books” checks in with Susan Santa, Readers’ Services librarian.
What’s on your nightstand now?
I always tend to bite off more than I chew, so I’m usually in a situation where I have too many books that I desperately want to read but don’t have enough time for. Right now I have:
Going Bovine by Libba Bray
Wolf Hall by Hillary Mantel
Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro
Home Repair by Liz Rosenberg
The list would have been longer but I had to re-reserve books that I knew that I wouldn’t be able to get to.
Book you would most want to read again for the first time:
I would like to read Wuthering Heights again. I have read this through the years: once in high school, twice in college, and once as a twenty-something. I loved the dark romance, and fell for the brutal Heathcliff. I haven’t read it in a while, but suspect that with maturity I may dislike Catherine and Heathcliff, and feel more akin with the Linton’s.
Earliest book you remember:
Funny you should ask! I don’t know the title for the earliest book I remember. I remember my dad reading a tale about a boy that was a chimney sweep (no, it’s not Dickens -I’ve looked). The story was in an anthology that was given to my dad by his dad. I have searched from time to time to try and find it to no avail, but I will keep trying.
The earliest book I remember having the experience of reading and not being able to wait to get back to, is Charlotte’s Web. My third grade teacher began reading it to the class near the end of the school year. She didn’t have time to finish it, so the next time the Scholastic book order came out, I had to have it. I fell in love with Wilbur and Charlotte. Thank you Sister Marie Noel.
Book assigned in school that turned out to be really good:
The Grapes of Wrath by Steinbeck. I picked it up the first day it was assigned, and couldn’t put it down. I read it before the class even began the assignment, and then re-read it with the class. One of my all time favorite books!
Favorite book genre:
I love historical fiction, because it’s like reading history without all the boring details. If you’ve taken history it’s a great deal about kings, queens and the rich and powerful. I’ve heard enough about them, I want to get a sense of what times were like for the common man.