1. What are you reading right now? Tell us about it!
I just started On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves. Someone at work recommended it and it has excellent reviews on Goodreads. Here’s their summary: When thirty-year-old English teacher Anna Emerson is offered a job tutoring T.J. Callahan at his family’s summer rental in the Maldives, she accepts without hesitation; a working vacation on a tropical island trumps the library any day. T.J. Callahan has no desire to leave town, not that anyone asked him. He’s almost seventeen and if having cancer wasn’t bad enough, now he has to spend his first summer in remission with his family – and a stack of overdue assignments – instead of his friends. Anna and T.J. are en route to join T.J.’s family in the Maldives when the pilot of their seaplane suffers a fatal heart attack and crash-lands in the Indian Ocean. Adrift in shark-infested waters, their life jackets keep them afloat until they make it to the shore of an uninhabited island. Now Anna and T.J. just want to survive and they must work together to obtain water, food, fire, and shelter. Their basic needs might be met but as the days turn to weeks, and then months, the castaways encounter plenty of other obstacles, including violent tropical storms, the many dangers lurking in the sea, and the possibility that T.J.’s cancer could return. As T.J. celebrates yet another birthday on the island, Anna begins to wonder if the biggest challenge of all might be living with a boy who is gradually becoming a man.
2. What books are on your bedside table at the moment?
I returned a bunch of books to the library today that I had read a chapter or two of and lost interest… So now, just On the Island and Lonely Planet’s New Orleans (for my upcoming Mardi Gras trip!!).
3. Amazon recently released the 100 books to read in a lifetime. What did they miss that you would add?
They got a few right… A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah is my favorite on their list. I would add The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, and Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer.
4. Are there any books being published in 2014 that you are anxiously awaiting? If so, what are they?
The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick, Uganda Be Kidding Me by Chelsea Handler, and Radiance of Tomorrow by Ishmael Beah.
5. Name the next three books on your To Be Read list.
I have no idea! Usually I have a few lined up but not at the moment. The TBR list is long though!