Welcome Readers’ Services Librarian, Jackie Ranaldo, who is back to answer 5 more of our questions about books (her first 5 are here).
What book are you currently reading?
As always, I am currently reading more than one book. I am almost done listening to “The Whisperers“, a Charlie Parker mystery, by John Connolly. I couldn’t really get into the book while reading it, but then I started listening to it and the reader’s voice really brought the book to life for me. It’s a mystery with a supernatural twist. I am enjoying it, but not loving it. The storyline is a little confusing to me.
I am also re-reading “Lolita“ by Vladimir Nabokov. I read it years ago and my other book club recently chose it as our next book. I started re-reading it last night and had to put it down. I think reading it once in a lifetime was enough, but unfortunately, I don’t remember enough to be of any use to my fellow book club members.
And finally, because it’s summer, I need a lighter book to turn to for beach reading. I just picked up “Lost and Found“ by Carolyn Parkhurst. I’m not far enough into the story to really give an opinion on it, but so far I’m enjoying it. However, it makes me want to take an adventure to an exotic location, and alas, in the real world I cannot.
What is the last book you’ve read?
The last book I read was “Remind Me Again Why I Married You“ by Rita Ciresi. I loved it! I found myself giggling constantly. Ciresi managed to give such an informative, yet humorous view of marriage through her characters. She was able to represent the daily struggles of a stay-at-home mom longing for “something else” and a devoted dad who sometimes “forgets” many of his “manly chores” without getting too sappy and unrealistic.
What is your favorite book of all time?
I cannot honestly pick an absolute favorite book of all time. I’ve loved so many but to call any of them “my favorite” would be a bit much. There are still too many books out there to pick a favorite. I may not have come across it yet. However, the two books I believe I’ve loved the most are “To Kill a Mockingbird“ by Harper Lee and “The Grapes of Wrath“ by John Steinbeck. There’s no way I could choose between the two. “The Good Earth“ by Pearl S. Buck would also be another huge contender.
I can honestly say I read every book assigned to me in High School (in complete and utter fear of getting in trouble). However, once I became an English Literature Major in college, things changed. I was assigned several books weekly and, unfortunately, some got thrown aside if I really couldn’t stand them. In my own defense, I did read the large majority of my assigned reading, but at least two stick out in my memory as getting the “Cliffs Notes” treatment: “Moby Dick“ by Herman Melville and “Clarissa“ by Samuel Richardson. I disliked both books greatly and just couldn’t get through them! But, I did read a lot of Clarissa. I just skipped a few chapters here and there and supplemented with the Cliffs Notes. I know that makes me a bad English Major, but come on, it’s 1533 pages of pure torture (for me at least)!
Is there a book you recommend a lot?
I am constantly recommending Lee Child’s “61 Hours“. It is the perfect suspense/mystery fiction read. Lee Child is the absolute “King of the Cliffhanger.” Every chapter left me on the edge of my seat. I kept having to tell myself to put the book down and go to sleep (but I really wanted to keep reading). “61 Hours” is the 14th installment in the “Jack Reacher Mystery Series”, but I hadn’t read any other books in the series and I was perfectly able to follow. Child gives just enough background info to introduce new readers to “Jack Reacher” but not enough to be too repetitive for devoted series readers.
– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services