Author you’ve read the most books from:
I knew the answer to this but I double checked by checking Goodreads. I was right- Lee Smith. Is there a better storyteller anywhere? No, I don't think so.
Best Sequel Ever:
Usually sequels are a big let down, but Getting to Happy was really good. (It was the sequel to Waiting to Exhale, just in case you may have been vacationing on another planet and, by the way, rumors of a movie are circulating). I also have loved every book in Karen White's Tradd Street series.
The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafani and Lowcountry Spirit by Ann Hite
Drink of Choice While Reading:
I'm a southerner, so iced tea, I suppose...
E-reader or Physical Book?
definitely a physical book
Nothing beats the feel of holding a book in your hands, the smell of a book.... I do own a Kindle, but "real" books are the best.
Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:
Well, considering the fact that I was a kid with kid preferences...I guess it would be a kid character from a kid book LOL, none of which are coming to mind right now. However, as an adult, Jack Trenholm from the Tradd Street series seems mighty fine.
Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:
Out of the Easy by Ruta Septys. Not much of a YA fan, but this one was awesome.
Hidden Gem Book:
Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women's Literary Society and Whistling Past the Graveyard
Important Moment in your Reading Life:
starting Free Spirit Books
Blogging has given me a way to celebrate books and to meet other avid readers as well as some awesome authors
Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall and Jeannette Walls' Silver Star.
Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:
Anything with a vampire in it (besides Interview with the Vampire)
I love the supernatural but it has to have at least a tad of credibility. I've tried to get in on the vampire craze, but I kept finding myself making that phhht noise and rolling my eyes. Once the phhhting and eye rolling starts, it's ovah, dahlings.
Longest Book You’ve Read:
Gone with the Wind & Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, both of which I read eons ago
Major book hangover because of:
Anything written by Lee Smith, particularly Oral History
Number of Bookcases You Own:
Well, there is one beneath the staircase, one that takes up nearly an entire wall in my bedroom, one I gave my daughter for her own room (so technically, that isn't mine anymore)...and of course the stacks and piles in baskets and on end tables throughout this entire house...
One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:
Oral History by Lee Smith
This is my favorite book ever. I will read it again...and again...
Preferred Place To Read:
on the front porch or on the swing in my yard- anywhere outdoors
Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:
From Beth Hoffman's Looking for Me: Never tie your happiness to the tail of someone else's kite.
(1) that I can't afford to buy every book on my Amazon Wishlist
(2) that there aren't more great southern writers out there because great southern fiction is rare these days
Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):
I need to read the very last of the Tradd Street series
I couldn't finish the Mad Fat Girl series. The first was hilarious. The second fell flat.
Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:
Oral History by Lee Smith
Their Eyes Were Watching God by: Zora Neale Hurston
Devil's Dream & Fair and Tender Ladies by: Lee Smith
Saving CeCe Hunnicutt by: Beth Hoffman
(Woops- that's 5 isn't it?)
Unapologetic Fangirl For:
southern fiction, Appalachian fiction
Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:
The Songcatcher by: Ann Hite
Worst Bookish Habit:
a three-way tie:
Overdue library books
staying up too late to read and feeling yucky the next day
spending too much on books
X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:
Out of the Easy by: Ruta Septys
Your latest book purchase:
Lowcountry Spirit by: Ann Hite
ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):
Silver Star by: Jeanette Walls