I’ve been a reader since day 1, where family read-alouds were a daily occurrence. So it was an easy jump to being an English major in college, a high school English teacher and later a school librarian. I still tend to read mostly YA and Children’s books, and I probably read more fantasy than anything. The most satisfying part of being a teacher and librarian is connecting someone with a book that they LOVE, that changes them and opens them up to new ways of thinking. It’s knowing that words matter and that the connection that we make to a great book or story is one that can also connect us to others in very fundamental ways.
I definitely prefer a book that has a hopeful ending, even if parts of it are bleak. A starkly realistic book like The House of Sand and Fog or one with rather unlikeable characters (Gone Girl) just isn’t my cup of tea. And perhaps I should have been born a Brit….