Bookworm Wednesday is a weekly book nerdy post featuring the reading habits of wonderful ladies from all over the blogosphere. Interested in participating? Shoot me an email [grimmricksen AT hotmail.com].
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Oh Hi! I’m Stephanie, or Stephanie Marie. I’m a twenty-something year old fumbling my way through this life of mine. I live just outside of Boston with the love of my life and our two Chihuahua’s. I dream of owning a quant New England home by the sea and living each day to create and be inspired. My daily adventures include learning how to be a grown up, and never really growing out of my goth phase.
Have you always been a bookworm?
On and off. My most notable bookworm phase was my last 2 years in high school. I read 100+ books my senior year alone. I bookworm it out when I can keep the momentum of interest going. If I read a great book, and move onto another great book I could go on forever. If I start a book that I’m just not that into, I’ll lose interest pretty fast.
What are you reading right now?
After always saying I’d never read it, I just finished The Hunter Games, and was absolutely transfixed. I just bought the next two books and while I’m waiting for them I’ve started reading “Down Among the Dead Men” by Michelle Williams. I’m also reading “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith, and “Affinity” by Sarah Waters. I get too excited to start a new book and end up having several going at a time.
What will you read next?
I think “Spook” by Mary Roach is next on my list. After the 2nd and 3rd Hunger Games books, of course.
List 3 books that you always wanted to read but haven’t gotten around to:
“The Lord of the Rings” by JRR Tolkien and every single one of the Harry Potter series. I think that’s a good enough start.
Do you collect any particular author?
I own quite a bit of books by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. He’s one of my favorite authors and unknowingly I started hoarding away all his works.
Have you ever disliked a book so much that you couldn't finish it?
I’m not sure about extreme dislike, but I am plagued with constantly starting books and either finding them dull or not interesting, which then takes me FOREVER to finish them.
Where do you usually get your books?
I’m fortunate enough to have a million used bookstores near me. One of which doesn’t even have aisles, just books piled on top of more books. It’s always an adventure.
Where do you do most of your reading?
I wish I could say I have some great nook I escape to, but it’s mostly just my couch. My dogs can usually be found on either side of me, snoozing while I read away.
Do you read books more than once? Which ones and why?
I’ve read “Jaws” by Peter Benchley and “On the Road” by Jack Kerouac quite a few times now. Both are two of my absolute favorites, and I often just need to have those comforting words that I’m so familiar with staring back at me.
Do you have any "guilty pleasure" books -- Something you're almost embarrassed to admit enjoying?
The Hunger Games… I know I know.. it’s not too bad.
What was your favorite book when you were a child?
I really liked “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” and “Goosbumps”.. I used to get myself so freaked out I couldn’t sleep.
What is your favorite passage from a book?
“I shambled after as I've been doing all my life after people who interest me, because the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones that never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue center light pop and everybody goes "Awww!"” – Jack Kerouac
What do you do with books when you finish with them?
I save them! I have a bit of a book hoarding addiction (well it’s really not that severe) but I love building up my library and being able to look at them.
Do you loan out your books to friends/family/coworkers?
I’m really hesitant to do this. I know that’s silly to say. I’m always afraid someone will take off with it and Ill never see it again. I don’t like loaning out movies either..
“Geek Love” – Katherine Dunn
“Jaws” – Peter Benchley
“On the Road" – Jack Kerouac
“Memories of My Melancholy Whores” – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
“The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle” – Haruki Murakami
What ONE book should we all read?
Oh gosh, how can I pick just one when there are so many greats out there? What one book should I read?