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1. What are you reading right now? Tell us about it!
I just finished Panic by Lauren Oliver. I really liked it! Here’s the Goodreads synopsis: Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of 12,000 people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do. Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought. Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game, he’s sure of it. But what he doesn’t know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for. For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most.

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2. Divergent, Hunger Games, or Twilight… Which do you prefer and why?
I like them all but I think Hunger Games was the most well-written and the movies have been great! I liked the Twilight books but only two out of the five movies. I didn’t love the Divergent books, but I loved the ending and I loved the movie!

3. TV series based on books… They start out very close to the book to draw in the fans but then will start to separate themselves by changing things and adding characters. What are you thoughts on this?
I wonder what TV show the person who wrote this question was thinking about?? Game of Thrones is so far very similar to the books and it’s in season four! The only other show that I can think of that I watch and is based on books is True Blood. The book and show are very different but I don’t mind because then you don’t know wha tis going to happen!

4. You’ve just been recruited to help a movie studio bring your favorite book to the big screen. What’s the movie and who are you choosing to play the main characters?
I would love to see The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie as the next YA-novel-turned-film. Not sure who I would cast though!

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5. Going back to the above question, do you keep it word-for-word the same or do you use this chance to change little things you thought would make the book better?
I think the best way to turn a book into a movie is to let the author write the screenplay and direct the film, like The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

6. After you finish a physical copy of a book do you keep it for a reread, put it on a shelf to collect dust, donate it to Goodwill, or do you just not purchase physical copies of books?
I only purchase books that I am getting signed by authors or travel guidebooks. Obviously I keep my signed copies! Travel books I will pass along to friends or donate to the library if I don’t think I’ll need them again.

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1. What are you reading right now? Tell us about it!
Radiance of Tomorrow by Ishmael Beah. I LOVED his memoir A Long Way Gone so I thought I’d give this book, his first novel, a try. I’m not too far into it, so here’s the Goodreads synopsis: At the center of Radiance of Tomorrow are Benjamin and Bockarie, two longtime friends who return to their hometown, Imperi, after the civil war. The village is in ruins, the ground covered in bones. As more villagers begin to come back, Benjamin and Bockarie try to forge a new community by taking up their former posts as teachers, but they’re beset by obstacles: a scarcity of food; a rash of murders, thievery, rape, and retaliation; and the depredations of a foreign mining company intent on sullying the town’s water supply and blocking its paths with electric wires. As Benjamin and Bockarie search for a way to restore order, they’re forced to reckon with the uncertainty of their past and future alike.

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2. What was your favorite series to read when you were a kid?
I read a lot of the “normal” ones like The Baby-Sitters Club and Fear Street but two series that I was obsessed with that I don’t think were as popular were Sunset Island by Cherie Bennett and Mandie by Lois Gladys Leppard.

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3. The world is ending: What 3 books do you save from your collection in hopes to contribute to whatever new society forms?
My three favorites of course: Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

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4. What is your favorite genre to read? Why?
I don’t really care for non-fiction, unless it’s a memoir. Other than that, I like most fiction… Historical fiction, dystopian, fantasy, romance, etc.

5. If you wrote a book about your life, what would the title be?
She’s A Wanderer… I love to travel! I am visiting country #36 next week! 🙂

6. What is next on your “to-read” list? Tell us about it!
Yesterday I read an article comparing the books Darkness, Take My Hand by Dennis Lehane and The Cutting Season by Attica Locke to the show True Detective. So maybe one of those!

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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.

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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!!).

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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.

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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.

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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!

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1. What are you reading right now? Tell us about it.
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri. I’m not that far into it so I’ll let you tell Goodreads tell you about it: Growing up in Calcutta, born just fifteen months apart, Subhash and Udayan Mitra are inseparable brothers, one often mistaken for the other. But they are also opposites, with gravely different futures ahead of them. It is the 1960s, and Udayan–charismatic and impulsive–finds himself drawn to the Naxalite movement, a rebellion waged to eradicate inequity and poverty: he will give everything, risk all, for what he believes. Subhash, the dutiful son, does not share his brother’s political passion; he leaves home to pursue a life of scientific research in a quiet, coastal corner of America. But when Subhash learns what happened to his brother in the lowland outside their family’s home, he comes back to India, hoping to pick up the pieces of a shattered family, and to heal the wounds Udayan left behind–including those seared in the heart of his brother’s wife.

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2. Out of the 16 books that will be turned into a movie adaptation, which one are you most looking forward to seeing this year?
Serena by Ron Rash! I just finished the book and loved it. I imagined Jennifer Lawrence as Serena the entire time (but could not see Bradley Cooper as Pemberton). Gone Girl is the one I am next most excited about followed by The Fault in our Stars and Divergent.

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3. What was the worst book you’ve ever read?
I am halfway through God-Shaped Hole by Tiffanie DeBartolo and I kind of hate it. But I want to finish it since I’ve gotten this far. Usually I don’t continue to read books I hate…
Edit: After reading other posts, I have remembered some books I can’t stand: Paper Towns, 13 Reasons Why, Beautiful Creatures, Eat Pray Love

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4. What foods or beverages have you spilled on a book while reading? Anything good?
Nothing I can recall…

5. Do you picture characters as popular film or TV actors? Or do you create a whole new person in your head?
I always create someone in my head, unless I’ve already seen the movie based on the book or the movie has been cast (like Serena).

6. Out of all the authors you’ve read books by, who’s brain would you want to pick the most?
I don’t know what to say to authors when I meet them!

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1. If you could write a book, what would it be about?
It would definitely be non-fiction. Perhaps about traveling or teaching English in Korea.

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2. If you had to read one book or trilogy for the rest of your life, what would it be?
I’m going to go ahead and extend this to series and say George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire. Because it would take awhile to read!! (I’ve only read the first two so far.)

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3. Who is your current favorite book character and why?
Thinking about the books I’ve read this year, I’d have to say Auggie from Wonder by R.J. Palacio.

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4. Is there a book you read every year during the holiday season? If so, what is it and why?
Nope. I can’t think of any book I’ve read more than once.

5. Do you have any books on your Christmas list? Name a few.
Basically any Lonely Planet book that isn’t destination specific. Such as…

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6. What is a book you read and loved that you didn’t expect to?
The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom, A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty, and The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate… But all three made my “Top 10” list this year!

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This month’s questions:

1) What are you currently reading? Tell us about it!
Allegiant, the final book in the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth. I got to meet her at YALLFest earlier this month! I’ve heard the ending sucks (and I think I know what happens)… We’ll see.

12) How many books have you read this year? Do you set reading goals for yourself?
35 so far… I wanted to read 52 this year but I don’t think it’s gonna happen! 😦

3) What do you think are the best and worst book-to-movie/TV show adaptations?
The Perks of Being a Wallflower film was so amazing and true to the book! I hated the My Sister’s Keeper movie because they totally changed the ending!

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“I was born with water on the brain.”
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35) What’s your favorite quote from a book?
“We accept the love we think we deserve.”
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

acceptAlso my all-time favorite quote is “Not all those who wander are lost.” I’ve never read Tolkien but I want it tattooed on me!

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1. What are you currently reading? Tell us a bit about it!
The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty, which I was super excited about because I loved her book What Alice Forgot. Unfortunately, it’s taken me awhile to get into it but it’s getting good a few chapters in…

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2. What are your five most recent book purchases?
I NEVER buy books but I recently made an exception… I am going to YALLFest in November so I bought seven books to get signed by my favorite authors… The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan, Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson, Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins, Matched by Ally Condie, Allegiant by Veronica Roth, and Champion by Marie Lu.

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3. Have you ever named/nicknamed anything (person, pet, or thing) after a character? Who and why?
No… But I almost named my cats Arya and Tyrion.

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4. If you could live in one book, all of its characters and in the town, which would it be?
I think I’m gonna go with the book I finished most recently… A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty (I love those Moriarty sisters). Of course I would be living in the Kingdom of Cello!

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5. Can you think of a book you read that taught you something concrete that you’ve never forgotten? Tell us about it.
Well, I’m gonna have to go with non-fiction for this one. I loved Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer and learned a lot about the subject that I would have never known otherwise.

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