20 Years Ago: (age 5) I was beginning to learn to read and it was not easy going. It's the perfect irony, I suppose, that while I now devour books like the choicest drug, I had a hard time learning to read. Admittedly, I'm a bit of a nutty perfectionist and I got SO ANNOYED learning to read. I didn't wanna do it unless I did it perfectly. That said, at the age of five I enjoyed Sesame Street books and She-Ra Princess of Power the most. No highbrow stuff at that age, thankyouverymuch.
10 Years Ago: (age 15) I was a total whore for anything horror. I was addicted to L.J. Smith's adolescent paranormal books (The Vampire Diaries...still a favorite) and Stephen King. I remember ripping through Salem's Lot and The Shining in the waiting room of a hospital when my grandfather was admitted. I also read Rose Madder in record time that year on vacation.
5 Years Ago: (age 20) I went through a long dry spell in high school and the beginnings of college. I read sometimes, but not voraciously like I do now. However, what changed all that was picking up Ernest Hemingway's A Moveable Feast--expats gone wild as I like to call it. It was gorgeous and wonderful and got me reading again.
3 Years ago: (age 22) I was back in full swing after the dry spell. Looking back in my book journal I see that I was reading The Handmaid's Tale (Atwood); The Cheese Monkeys, still one of the funniest books I've ever read (Chip Kidd); Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason...another one of the funniest books ever (Helen Fielding); and Who Cooked the Last Supper? A Women's History of the World...one of the best women's studies EVER (Rosalind Miles).
Last Year: (age 24)Was a great reading year. I hadn't yet started grad school and I was working, but I still had plenty of time to read. I think I read 58 books total, and some of the best were:
The Interpreter of Maladies (Jhumpa Lahiri)
The Golden Compass (Philip Pullman)
gods in Alabama..not a typo (Joshilyn Jackson)
The Secret History (Donna Tartt)
The Robber Bride (Margaret Atwood)
Silas Marner (George Elliot)
This Month: (age 28) Has sucked! I've been busy, so I've only read the PostSecret book, which was good, but not terribly substantial.
Booking some more
3 Favorite Reading Locations: on my stomach on my bed, on the loveseat in our sunroom, the kitchen table
3 Reading habits: I'm anal about condition of my books. I don't mind bent spines or anything, but if a cover is bent I'm likely to freak.
3 Things that distract me: TV, people talking at or around me, music. I could've just said "noise" and saved myself some time. I used to be able to block ANYTHING out, but in my old age I find that I can't do it anymore.
3 Characters I’d love to be: Estella from Great Expectations (who's surprised?), Dina from The Red Tent, Joan from Pope Joan
3 Three Characters I despise: the asshole father from Pope Joan, Jacob from The Red Tent, and Lord Asriel from His Dark Materials
3 Favorite Book Beverages: Diet green tea with citrus, vanilla-caramel coffee, caramel/chocolate chai tea
3 Favorite bookmarks: I have a huge collection of beautiful bookmarks, and I cherish them so much that I don't use them for fear of messing them up. So, I stick to store receipts and sticky notes.
3 Dead Writers I’d love to meet: Willa Cather, Flannery O'Connor, Zora Neale Hurston
3 Alive Writers I’d love to meet: Siri Hustvedt, Joyce Carol Oates, Dan Clowes