Occupation: International Admissions Officer
City: Kingston, ON Canada
Fiction, Historic or Current
Sometimes Fantasy, Sometimes Mystery, Sometimes Autobiographies
Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
I used to be a very avid reader in my teens, and a testament to this is how many YA authors are on my Goodreads top picks shelf. While fighting through my undergraduate degree in Engineering, I definitely lost touch with my more “right-brain” tendencies. After finishing school, I realized that I was missing out on so much literature, both old and new.
I started to read about one book a month, but in 2017 I read more than 1 book a week. I prefer print books, but I can be pretty hard on them. For travel and ease of carry, I do have an IPad and will often read e-books or listen to audiobooks, mostly through Hennepin County Library’s fantastic app, Overdrive.
For years, I was a member of Girly Book Club (Minneapolis Branch) as well as Books and Bars. I find that this way, my reads are less limited to what I would always choose, and I certainly have found some favourites that I would NEVER have picked up otherwise! It also has allowed me to build a friend group of likeminded women, and I feel much more comfortably situated in my life today as a result of my reading habit. I am very excited to be a part of LQ, as I feel that adding some analysis and writing to my intake of stories helps to both diversify my bookshelf and improve my vocabulary and style!