What do you look for in a good book?
The most important things I look for in a good book are good character development and descriptive writing. For me, if I can’t envision the character and the world they live in, I really struggle with connecting to their story. When done well, finishing a book can be a bittersweet experience and I often find myself thinking of characters long after I have returned the book. Usually, I am drawn towards historical fiction, mysteries and literary fiction, especially books that are a little quirky or have magical elements to them. Although I am very loyal to my favorite genres and authors, I try to read new writers and books that are outside of my comfort zone as much as I can. I still have a lot of trouble enjoying classic literature, but I will keep trying!
If you could have dinner with one author, living or dead, who would it be?
David Sedaris, hands down. I think we would have very amusing and wonderfully strange conversations. In my fantasy world, he would go on to write a story about our memorable dinner and it would be on an episode ofWBEZ’s This American Life.
What are your hobbies and interests other than reading?
I enjoy spending time outside whenever I can, going to the movies and traveling.
Good Book = Intriguing characters, plot, and setting
3 Fav books= Alienist (Caleb Carr). Remembrance of Things Past or In Search of Lost Time (Marcel Proust), Myth of Sisyphus (Albert Camus)
Fav online database= Chilton's
Profile: Mary is our Arts/Interior Design/Architecture/Crafts specialist. An avid mystery reader, she also works in the Youth Services Department.
Favorite 3 authors: Hampton Sides, Anne Tyler, and Ben Macintyre
Characteristics that keep me reading a book are multidimensional characters (whether fiction or nonfiction), an element of wit, and surprise.
My favorite database depends on what I am using it for - for general research I start with General Reference Center Gold; for shopping, Consumer Reports, for health information, Medline.