Has a book ever inspired you to change anything in your life, fiction or non-fiction alike?
Oh, yes. Books constantly inspire me to be a better person and pursue my goals in an efficient way. Immediately rising to the top of the heap at the moment are Natalie Angier’s Woman, which really made me rethink aging in a female body and actually embrace it, and This Book is Overdue!, which made me seriously consider librarianship, to the point that if I attend grad school at all, it’ll be for library science. But every book inspires me in small ways, whether to be a better person or just never to write like that.
1. Favorite childhood book?
A tie between Good Omens and The Count of Monte Cristo. (And by childhood, you meant awkward preteen years, right?)
2. What are you reading right now?
The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson.
3. What books do you have on request at the library?
None at the moment, as I’m about to move back to college and need to deal with a different library.
4. Bad book habit?
Eating messy foods while reading library books.
5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?
Stephen King’s Misery and a VHS of Disney’s The Three Musketeers.
This Book is Overdue! by Marilyn Johnson
I always encourage fellow readers to do two things in the digital age–support your local independent bookstore and thoroughly abuse your library privileges. As someone who comes home with wonderfully heavy piles of rented books every week, I tend to scoff at people who declare that digital readers are the future (not until you can buy a ten dollar waterproof Kindle) and I’m always a bit befuddled by people who don’t taken advantage of their library systems. So when Marilyn Johnson’s This Book is Overdue came across my field of view, a book that celebrates the modern librarian, I knew I had to read it.
Good Show, Sir, the blog that encourages readers to photograph terrible speculative fiction covers and send them in, is a constant source of delight and nostalgia for me. It’s just good clean fun with lots of weirdly muscular cat people involved. However, there are these covers that I’m itching to send into Good Show, Sir, that I can’t, because I can’t produce pictures of it in the wild (although I have run across the fourth and most hilarious cover in the wild, and neglected to take a picture). While I’ve discovered the first of them, you really need the other three to appreciate the entire picture. So, in tribute to Good Show, Sir, I give you the… interesting covers to the fifth Ballantine Books edition of The Lord of the Rings.