1. What's your favorite book of the year? I've done a terrible job lately at keeping track of what I read, so unless I document it somehow, I tend to forget most books quickly. However, one fairly recent read stands out in my mind, and that's The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I've read several good books this year, but this one made the biggest impact.
2. What are you reading right now? I'm a little over halfway through The End of Manners by Francesca Marciano. It's about Maria, a reserved young photographer who reluctantly accepts an assignment in Afghanistan. She joins Imo, a boisterous, confident journalist who is writing a story about women who attempt suicide to escape a forced marriage. I'm enjoying it so far. I like that the story didn't begin in Afghanistan, instead, Maria starts the story as a food photographer. I think the contrast of these two vastly different lives makes the story even better.
3. What book did you just finish? Before The End of Manners I read To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han. If you're looking for a fun read, I'd recommend this YA novel. Lara Jean writes a letter to every boy she's fallen for. The letters are meant to be secret, it's her way of moving on, but mysteriously all her letters get mailed. The premise sounds a little silly, but it was well-written and worth the read.
4. What are you reading next? I don't have one lined up just yet, but I do have a hold at my library on The Rosie Project, which I've heard a lot about this year. It may be a while before I read it though, as I'm number 102 in the queue.
5. What was your favorite book as a kid? Oh my goodness, what wasn't my favorite book as a kid? I loved Dr. Seuss. Fox in Socks was a favorite. And The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins. Oh and McElligot's Pool. I also loved Lyle the Crocodile (and just found that one at Goodwill for Jona!) and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. As I got older and started to read chapter books, I had quite a few favorites. Harriet the Spy, The Indian in the Cupboard, The Babysitters Club series. I loved Shel Silverstein's A Light in the Attic and Where the Sidewalk Ends too. I also went through a stage where I was fascinated with Native Americans and wanted to read as much as I could about them. Oh, and the Laura Ingalls Wilder series! I could probably go on all day about all the books I read and loved as a child, but I'll stop here.
6. What book would you take on a deserted island? I know I'm being completely unoriginal here, but it's a toss-up between The Bible and some sort of survival handbook. Knowing my outdoor skills, I can almost hear God telling me not to kid myself and definitely take the handbook unless I want a live, in-person Bible reading.
What are you reading right now?