I guess you could say I’m not much of a social reader as I don’t belong to any book clubs or online book review web sites. I haven’t found a book club that was both convenient for me and that read the kinds of books that I like. I guess the books I read aren’t the normal book club fodder (I read mostly nonfiction, genre fiction and YA) I’ve tried some of the online book communities but none of them have stuck. What I do is share a Pinterest board with a couple of friends with similar reading tastes and we all pin books that we find interesting.
What books would I take to a desert island? I would have to take at least one of the Harry Potter books, one of the big fat ones. I know these books are a bit clichéd any more, but I still love them. I would also to take a book of Shel Silverstien poetry, probably Where the Sidewalk Ends. I have enjoyed his work since I was a child and am always drawn back to the joy, wonder and insight his poetry brings.I love poetry for so many reasons and cannot imagine living without it. There’s a great quote by John F Kennedy on poetry:
When power narrows the area of man’s concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of his existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses
And just to have at least one adult book I would probably take something my Kurt Vonnegut. he dances that line between science fiction and pulp fiction. He’s one of the few authors that I’ve read over and over again. (Actually, can I take all of his books? Would that be cheating?) If I have to pick one it would be Breakfast of Champions…no, wait, I think it would be Cat’s Cradle…oh no, how could I not bring Slaughterhouse Five?
When it comes to the question of e books vs. print, I do both. Being in Australia we can’t always get the latest releases in print right away but sometime we can in electronic form. Also, I have a Kindle and tend to take it with me when I travel. (Its great for travel guides!). When I worked in the public library I got a little less precious about fiction paperbacks as I mostly read things I could get from work. The physical print books I tend to buy these days tend to be more image heavy because I still don’t think the images in e books have the same quality an the print versions.
-Amy Barker ILN Program Coordinator (who loves nothing more than a great book on a rainy day)