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Christopher H. reads… #carolinareads

What’s the first book you remember reading?
My mom was a reading teacher, so I was swimming in books when I was young. Some of my favorite memories are when my mom read to me. I can’t remember any one book, but I remember a lot of the juvenile fiction I read: Mrs. Piggle Wiggle, The Phantom Tollbooth, the Great Brain, the Hardy Boys mysteries, the Island of the Blue Dolphins, and Narnia.

What’s the most recent book you have read or what are you reading right now?
I was recently in India and I went to a bookstore and bought a stack of young adult fiction written by Indian authors. So I’ve been reading through them. The most recent one I read was Horrid High by Payal Kapadia.  The next book I’m planning to read is The Green Ember.

Why did you choose that book?
Word of mouth from someone I trust. The Green Ember is the favorite book of an eleven-year-old boy I know.

If you could meet one book character or one author, who would you like it to be and why?
Ah, there are many. Today I’ll choose Dickens. I’d love to talk with him about a grand assortment of things. If he was game, we’d be chatting for weeks. It would be fascinating to understand how he wove so many characters so seamlessly into his novels.

You can only choose five books for your bookshelf. What are they?
What!!! Only five books? What kind of dictator is making me do this? Boy, things in the world must have gotten pretty bad for this to happen.  Choosing five would be hard. If I only had one it would be easy. 1. The Bible. (But this is kind of cheating because the Bible is made up of sixty-six books.) As to the other four. 2. The last page of the Last Battle, which is the last book of the Narnia series. I love the whole book, but it’s the last page that always gets me. I cry every time I read it. This page would be particularly valuable if I was forced to only choose five books for my bookshelf. Why? Well, if some dictator is sticking a gun to my head forcing me down to five books, it would mean The End was certainly nigh. And in really bad times its good to have some perspective that what appears to be the end of the story may not in fact be the end. 3. A good survival handbook, cuz, well you know, End Of The World. 4. The Lord of the Rings, cuz it’s got Hobbits and Volcanoes and it’s really long (in case I get bored waiting around for the actual End). 5. And finally, The Princess Bride, cuz you can’t take everything so seriously, even if everything’s looking really-really bad.

Chris is an author, mentor, dad, husband, friend, and Wonder seeker. He recently published a young adult fantasy novel called The Magician’s Workshop. He enjoyed writing it so much, there are already two volumes, and hopefully more to come. You can find more information.


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.

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.

Eli C. reads… #carolinareads

What’s the first book you remember reading?
Little House on the Prairie

What’s the most recent book you have read or what are you reading right now?
I’m currently reading Species, Species Concepts, and Primate Evolution as I’m studying for my doctorate

Why did you choose that book?
My evolutionary theory advisor suggested it.

You can only choose five books for your bookshelf. What are they?
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Futuyma’s Evolution, Njal’s Saga, White’s Human Bone Manual, and Night by Elie Wiesel

Rival G. reads… #carolinareads

What’s the first book you remember reading?
Treasure Island

What’s the most recent book you have read or what are you reading right now?
I am currently reading Alien Manifesto by Todd Embry

Why did you choose that book?
It was written by a good friend of mine and I wanted to review it. I like Science Fiction as well and look forward to any chance to read it.

If you could meet one book character or one author, who would you like it to be and why?
Without a doubt, I would want to meet C. S. Lewis. His Chronicles of Narnia formed my early years and made me love reading. It was his work that made me want to become a writer. I would love to share a pot of tea with him and learn his inspirations.

You can only choose five books for your bookshelf. What are they?
If I am limited to 5 books I would say The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis, The Hobbit and Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien and Frank Herbert’s Dune. 

 

I am an American citizen who grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Canada. Currently, I live in the United States, specifically Nebraska. In my spare time, I live doing activities with my family and watching movies together. Facebook, Twitter, Website, Email.

Tiffany S. reads… #carolinareads

What’s the first book you remember reading?
Floss the Sheep Dog

What’s the most recent book you have read or what are you reading right now?
Authorpreneur by Shande Trofe

Why did you choose that book?
It relates to being an author-entrepreneur and sounded really interesting

If you could meet one book character or one author, who would you like it to be and why?
That’s a tough question but I’d love to meet Sherrilyn Kenyon. She’s one of my favorite authors

You can only choose five books for your bookshelf. What are they?
Shiftless by Aimee Easterling, Authorpreneur by Shanda Trofe, Wizard’s First Rule by Terry Goodkind, The Magic Series by Cheyenne McCray

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Bailey Z. reads… #carolinareads

What’s the first book you remember reading?
Goosed

What’s the most recent book you have read or what are you reading right now?
The Unforgettable Vampire Book 1

Why did you choose that book?
Because I heard great things about it.

If you could meet one book character or one author, who would you like it to be and why?
J.K Rowling because she’s always been an inspiration of mine.

You can only choose five books for your bookshelf. What are they?
The Unforgettable Vampire, The Unforgettable Relationship, A Shade Of Vampire, After, and Fallen

I’m an 18-year-old published author who loves dreaming, Marvel and vampires. Website

Jennah J. reads… #carolinareads

What’s the first book you remember reading?
The Very Hungry Caterpillar

What’s the most recent book you have read or what are you reading right now?
Victoria Novel

Why did you choose that book?
Was for a review but loved it

If you could meet one book character or one author, who would you like it to be and why?
Steven King, he’s my favorite and I’d love to get into his twisted brain

You can only choose five books for your bookshelf. What are they?
Helter Skelter, Shel Silverstein poetry, anything Steven king, ???

 

I’m a SAHM who loves a great book, because if it’s not I won’t be able to read it haha, no time…

Riah C. reads

What’s the first book you remember reading?
Pearl S. Buck Pavillion of Women

What’s the most recent book you have read or what are you reading right now?
Nora Robert’s Chesapeake Bay

Why did you choose that book?
It’s a favorite

If you could meet one book character or one author, who would you like it to be and why?
Ava Vixion. Because she’s fantastic!

You can only choose five books for your bookshelf. What are they?
Pavillion of Women, Night of the Seventh Moon, Pool of St. Brannigan, Tokadio Road, Dragon Seed.

Love to read. Mother of 6.

Kara M. reads… #carolinareads

What’s the first book you remember reading?
The earliest were probably Scholastic Readers, a series called I See Sam. In terms of “real” books, the first I remember is a cute little Golden Book that I actually bought for my own kids years later. It was called We Help Daddy.

What’s the most recent book you have read or what are you reading right now?
I recently read a novella by one of my favorite authors, Gabriel Garcia Marquez Memories of My Melancholy Whores. The material deals with a sensitive subject, but the writing was incredibly beautiful.

Why did you choose that book?
Because I love, love, love the author, and it’s one of his books I had yet to read.

If you could meet one book character or one author, who would you like it to be and why?
I would certainly love to meet Ignatius Reilly from John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces. He’s one of my favorite fictional characters. That would be an experience, for sure!

You can only choose five books for your bookshelf. What are they?
A Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez; Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman; Brave New World, Aldous Huxley; Holidays on Ice/The Santaland Diaries, David Sedaris; Still Life With Woodpecker, Tom Robbins.

 

Kara Martinez Bachman has been heard on NPR radio and her work has appeared in The Writer, Funny Times, the New Orleans Times-Picayune, and in dozens of newspapers, magazines, websites, and anthologies. She is the author of the humorous essay collection, Kissing the Crisis: Field Notes on Foul-Mouthed Babies, Disenchanted Women, and Careening into Middle Age, published by Quill Driver Books. Find out more at Karamartinezbachman.com.

Rick M. reads… #carolinareads

What’s the first book you remember reading?
The Cat in the Hat. I remember sitting in the backseat of my mom’s Studebaker outside of the library and paging through.

What’s the most recent book you have read or what are you reading right now?
Oblivion – a set of stories by David Foster Wallace – and a bunch of poetry journals we recently won in a raffle at a reading.

Why did you choose that book?
I’ve read the majority of DFW’s work. I have to be in the mood to put my mind through a blender, but there aren’t too many who can pull it off quite like him, outside of Joyce and Pynchon. Reading him is a somewhat masochistic pursuit, I admit. And I didn’t choose the poetry volumes — they chose us, as it were.

If you could meet one book character or one author, who would you like it to be and why?
Kurt Vonnegut. We’d spend an afternoon paddling around a lazy lake, pretending to fish. We’d talk about the planet Tralfalmadore.

You can only choose five books for your bookshelf. What are they?
Slaughterhouse Five, Ulysses, Gravity’s Rainbow, Moby Dick, The Illiad.

 

I’m a Brooklyn-based author of two novels, the just-released Tellers, a unique novel/anthology hybrid, and Ebocloud, a near-future thriller about a utopian social networking movement. I run an online business forum for a living and do a lot of business writing and editing, although my background is in fine art and design (confusing, I know). You can learn about Tellers here.