I was shoveling Raisin Nut Brain into my maw a couple of weeks ago and talking with Google about what sorts of things successful bloggers do that earn that incredible achievement of upwards of 5 readers. Google disclosed that the coolest bloggers interview important people, like authors.
Well, I don't really know any authors, but I thought all four of you might enjoy a quick text-message interview with my sister Vicky, who inhales books the way I inhale cups of coffee. In fact, looking at those numbers, if she were to just up her reading a little bit, her books to my coffee ratio would be equal. Impressive!
Vicky has a Bachelor's, two Master's and a Doctorate, so she's done some book learnin' and is real real smart and uses big big words. She also tends to go on at length about various topics. Sometimes we'll have a conversation about something completely random and two hours later she (we) come up for air and she's got a complete outline for a new presentation she can deliver at a pop culture or dragon-themed conference.
Thus, I opted to conduct our interview via text message! Short and sweet! Unlike my lengthy intro. Come back, come back, I'm done blathering on.
Kimberly: How many book do you read each year on average?
Vicky: When I used to keep a list yearly for several years, I was averaging between 150 to 200 books in addition to around 200 or more novellas a year. Many works touted as novels on Kindle are actually novellas.
Kimberly: Are you a speed reader?
Vicky: Probably not by the official definition because I do not skim as I read.
Kimberly: Any tips or idea on how to squeeze in that many books?
Vicky: Because reading is my favorite hobby, I don't think about having reading goals. Some days before work, I procrastinate the professional work I should be doing because I am in the middle of a good book, but I try not to do that, as I am always in the middle of a good book. Reading during lunch is when I used to get a lot of reading in. I love going out for coffee or a meal by myself to just sit and read. It keeps me away from the distractions of other things I should probably be doing, like grading or housework!
Kimberly: What is this "housework" you speak of?
Kimberly: Have you ever abandoned a crap book?
Vicky: Yes, absolutely! If it just feels like work, has so many editing errors that I cannot get past them, or just isn't grabbing me, I may set it aside for the moment or abandon it completely. That does not happen often, though.
Kimberly: Do you have any auto-read authors?
Vicky: Certainly. JD Robb, Stephen King, Laurell K Hamilton, Frank Stepnowski, Eli Easton, Alexa Land, R. Cooper, Kelly Gallagher, Orlando Sanchez, Shelly Laurenston, Neil Gaiman. Many authors of novellas.
Vicky: TJ Klune
Kimberly: Holy smokes - that's pretty much everyone!
Vicky: LOL, Not even close.
Kimberly: An example of a book you thought was going to be lame but that rocked?
Vicky: That's difficult. I don't read books that I think will be lame. Frank Stepnowski's Teaching Sucks but We Love it Anyway made me leery because of the title, but after that, he became an auto buy. I was nervous about Hewlett's Executive Presence, but I've found it wonderful.
Vicky: I really love Kelly Gallagher's Readicide.
Kimberly: I've literally never heard of any of the books you're talking about.
Vicky: Ok. Well, I read Carrie once a year before prom.
Kimberly: Who is your favorite sister?
Vicky: <nickname for me that contains expletive, not unlike the nickname I have for her that contains an expletive>
Kimberly: And why haven't you read your favorite sister's favorite book?
Vicky: Because my sister reads circuitous dirges that would probably cause me mental anguish. She would like the slim volume, Janne Teller's Nothing, recommended to me by a student. It's amazingly written.
Vicky: I reread King's IT about 2x a year.
Vicky: I lent it to a student and need to get a new copy. Oh! House of Leaves! I dare you to read it!
Kimberly <ignoring her other texts>: Well my sister would like Marcus Zusak's I Am The Messenger.
Kimberly: Okay and finally why should someone grab a good book right now and ignore reality for a while?
Vicky: Why should they? Why wouldn't they? I like a lot of escapism but sometimes works that incorporate real issues are excellent. I just read Eli Easton's m/m YA Boy Shattered and it was phenomenal.
Kimberly: Thanks Vixy!!
Well that was fun! Now I've got to go research all of these books and probably blow up my To Be Read list!! Also need to research "housework."
Hope you're having a great week. I'm currently reading a book all about food and as a result, none of my clothes fit anymore.
A little more about Vicky. I found this by Googling her......(sad)
At the same time as teaching full-time at Cerro Gordo High School, I have also taught at Richland Community College, have been a Teaching Assistant for courses through Harvard University Extension School, and continue to teach as an adjunct instructor at Millikin University. I have a Bachelor’s degree in English and Drama with 6-12 teacher certification in both as well as gifted certification, a Master’s degree in Teaching and Learning with an emphasis on curriculum and instruction, and a doctorate in Education and Leadership. In 2014, I earned a Master’s of Extension Studies in Liberal Arts in the area of Humanities with a concentration in English through Harvard University Extension School, where I was honored to receive the Thomas Small Prize. Recent publications include the poem "Another degree earned: Liminality begins" for the Illinois English Bulletin and the paper "Fangs in the cornfields: Teaching vampire literature to nontraditional students in the composition classroom" in The Vampire Goes to College.
Mom of four, wife of one. By day I fund-raise with coffee, by night I read with wine and chocolate.