My name is Julie, and I blog from the great state of Michigan where it is finally spring. (Actually, today it's quite summery.) I discovered the world of book blogging about a year and a half ago. I can't believe there was a time in my life when I didn't know about this community of book lovers! I started blogging almost a year ago (June 9 will be my first blogoversary), and I am enjoying it immensely.
2. What was your favorite book read last year? What’s your favorite book so far this year?
My favorite adult book that I read last year was Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. If you haven't read it yet, do so as soon as possible! My favorite kids' book was Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein. It's like Willy Wonka with books! My favorite book so far this year was The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. This was the third book we read for my fledgling book club, and it was so much more than I expected. I love when books surprise me like that!
3. What does your favorite/ideal reading space look like?
Depends on the season. Right now, a blanket in the sun is the perfect spot to read. In the winter, I love cuddling up in my chair in my own library. Of course, I have to fight the cats for the right to sit in the chair because it's also their favorite place to be.
I love bookish quotes, but here's my absolute favorite: "The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, And all the sweet serenity of books." (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow) I discovered that quote in college, and I have plans to put it on the wall of my library.
5. If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 3 books would you bring? Why?
Three books? All I get is three books? That's tough. The Bible would be number one, of course. That's really all I need to get me through. I would want all of Jane Austen's books, but I suppose I can narrow it down to Northanger Abbey (my current favorite of hers). I've got to bring something by Jasper Fforde to make me laugh, so I'd bring the first book in the Thursday Next series, The Eyre Affair.