I am a university student who loves books! I am a barista at a locally-owned coffee shop and I love to drink coffee and read whenever I have down time. I will begin pursuing my MA in English Literature this summer. I love to analyze literature and write essays. I hope one day pursue my doctoral degree in English Literature.
Which was the first book you really loved? The Little Princess was the first book that I really loved. I remember it being the first “long” book that I ever read and also the first book that made me feel true sympathy. I loved it so much that I would bring it everywhere with me for months.
What/Who got you into reading? My mother and brother got me into reading. As a child I moved around a lot so my mom would buy us a ton of books to read during the periods that we did not have any friends. She also would play audiobooks in the moving van during long distance moves. My mother also encouraged us to read our books aloud to her. She would act really invested in the story, which of course engaged us even more. My brother is older than me and was always reading novels that were massive and way above my reading level so I always wanted to read more so that I could catch up with him. Having family members to discuss books with cultivated a love for reading for me.
What’s your favorite genre? Why? My favorite genre is fiction. I tend to read a balance of classic literature and contemporary fiction. It’s my favorite because it mimics reality the most. I am able to relate to the characters even though our situations and reality may not mirror each other. The characters remind me of my friends and family, but at the end of the day I am still able to put the book down and remind myself that they are fictional. I love that I can feel a range of emotions that seem real to me because I am reading about situations and stories that are familiar to me. I love that I can read about a situation that is similar to me, but the words are crafted so elegantly that my perspective on the situation changes. I love that authors of fiction have the ability to reshape people, objects, places, etc. for me.
Why do you love reading? I love reading because I love being able to become emotionally invested in a fictional story. I think it’s beautiful that humans can feel heartbreak, sorrow, joy, etc. from engaging with a fictional story. I love reading because I like that I become attached to characters. Even when I put the book down, I still root for or hate the characters I’m reading about. The characters start to feel like friends of mine. I mainly love reading because it has taught me how to empathize with people, fictional or not.
A book everyone should read: The Street by Ann Petry
The last book you read that you loved: After the Quake by Haruki Murakami
The last book you read that you didn’t like: The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac
The book that didn’t live up to the hype: Circe by Madeleine Miller
A classic everyone loves and you hate: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
A popular book you just hate: Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
The author you have read the most books from: Vladimir Nabokov
Your five favorite books:
1. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
2. The Street by Ann Petry
3. We Have Always Lived in a Castle by Shirley Jackson
4. Pnin by Vladimir Nabokov
5. Harry Potter series by J.K.Rowling