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1. With whom did you most recently exchange words?
Honestly, I can’t remember the last time I “exchanged words” in the negative sense. In the literal sense, my husband at 0530 as he headed off to work. I was barely conscious at the time, but I’m pretty sure there was also hugging and a kiss or two involved. But I can’t confirm that.
2. Which of your weekend activities will feel like your sentence for a crime?
Going to the commissary, I suppose. I hate grocery shopping, but that whole “humans need food to survive” thing makes it hard to avoid.
3. What have you loved or hated upon reading its first paragraph?
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. I effing hated it. That feeling did not change as I continued to read the book. The feeling lasted through the last word and for years since. I read it again a few years ago both for a reading challenge and a college class. Still hated it. I had hope that I’d at least be able to appreciate it, but… nope. Hate. It. It wasn’t the dated language or ideas. It was the complete lack of a character arc for Holden. There was absolutely no growth in his character, and that is something I guess I need in my reading.
4. In the story of your life, what will be the title of the chapter beginning tomorrow?
The Misadventures of an Aging Beach Bunny. Although maybe that would make a better book title than a chapter title. But it fits. I live in Hawaii, I am pushing 51, and I live for books, the beach, and my family. I have an idea of how I want my life to feel going forward. Beach vibes and having experiences. Taking the time to enjoy my life, which is something I’ve never really taken the time to do.
5. What are the best and worst books you were assigned to read in school?
- Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
- The Crucible by Arthur Miller
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
- One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
- The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
- The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
- Lord of the Flies by William Golding
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Moby Dick by Herman Melville
- anything by Steinbeck