Olga W. reads… #carolinareads

What’s the first book you remember reading?
Peter Pan. I was about five years old and suffering from measles. My mother read me the first two chapters and left me be. No television, radio, or internet…I was left with this book as my only source of entertainment for a week-long bed confinement. I’ve read compulsively since then.

What’s the most recent book you have read or what are you reading right now?
I am on the last book of the Baroque Cycle by Neal Stephenson.

Why did you choose that book?
The book caught my eye in a sales bin of the Green Apple bookstore in San Francisco. I now own both the “hard” and the ebook versions of these three books. It’s an amazing telling of the history of the Royal Society, the rise of stock markets and paper money, and the development of global economics, all wrapped up in a fun story and compelling characters. I can’t recommend it strongly enough.

If you could meet one book character or one author, who would you like it to be and why?
Dr. Peter Blood, from Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini, was a humanitarian who was wrongly imprisoned and then sold into slavery only to escape and become a notorious pirate. I’ve read this book many dozens of times in several languages.

You can only choose five books for your bookshelf. What are they?
I fall in love with books and authors easily and completely. I’m very infatuated with Neal Stephenson, at the moment, but his would not the books I would want to own as my only books. If all I could have was five books, I would chose something practical — electrical manuals, field guides, medical books, chemical references. But I think I can give a better answer, for I had to make this choice when I was thirteen years old and became a refugee. I was allowed just a few books to take with me on my journey which eventually ended with my becoming an American citizen and living in San Francisco. These books were: Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini, Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov, Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol, The Adventures of Dunno and His Friends by Nikolai Nosov, Quentin Durward by Walter Scott

I’m an artist, who became a scientist, then turned designer, and now aspires to be an author. I write science fiction stories that are a mixture of real science and empathy. You can learn more about me, product design, get links and first chapters to my books, and read some of my short stories on my blog:


Join the movement!
I want to promote reading. I know there are so many out there who have read a book and thought, this is something others need to know about. Reading encourages a lifelong passion for learning. #carolinareads is a movement that will give readers a chance to share what they are reading. There is a five question interview. I will share it on my website and give you a chance to not only promote your love of reading but also to promote yourself as you can include a website in your two sentence biography. Don’t live in the Carolinas? Well, do you know someone who does (hint: the person who created this form) you can still participate. Submit the form and I’ll let you know the date of your spotlight. Spread the word! Join the movement. Please email a picture if you would like it to be included.


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