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What is the favorite book you remember as a child?
That’s such a tough question but in a good way. Okay, I’m shutting my eyes and trying to see the book that comes up for me and made the biggest impact. It was probably A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’engle. After read that book, I had to read everything that L’engle wrote—and I discovered that her books were all connected—characters, themes—it all fit together. As a kid I loved the merger of authentic character yearnings of socially awkward female protagonists (I related) with a fairly high stakes plot. Then you get to throw in a cool mix of science, some fantasy and even a bit of spirituality and romance. Ahh, so wonderful! Big sigh of contentment.
What is your favorite book today?
My favorite book of all time is Pride and Prejudice. Jane Austen is the gold standard!!!
Tell us about your current book in 10 words.
A social media-addicted tween learns to live in the moment.
What are you reading right now?
Just finished Susanne Colasanti’s City of Love (YA romance) last light. And I’m also reading Anne Patchett’s The Magician’s Assistant as well as the middle grade Love That Cat by Sharon Creech, which is an incredible novel-in-verse that really appeals to reluctant readers as well as strong readers. I’m listening to Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor and Park as a book on tape.
What books do you have on hold at the library?
I definitely want to put Lost in Love by Susannne Colasanti on hold. She’s got an incredible ear for dialogue and does YA romance very well! And I’m planning on reading Jennifer Nielsen’s A Night Divided really soon. She’s a wonderful upper middle grade author. I LOVED her False Prince series.
Do you have any bad book habits?
When I love a book too much I read it too fast, and start to speed read/skim. I have to pinch myself in order to get myself to slow down.
E-Reader or print? and why?
Print because I love to hold the book in my hand and feel the paper against my fingers when I turn the page. But when I’m traveling nothing beats my Kindle.
One book at a time or multiples?
Multiples. Always, although I read them at different rates. I’ll have a guilty pleasure book which I will inhale in one sitting and a book with gorgeous writing that I will digest over days, even weeks.
Dog-ear or bookmark? (don't worry—Librarian Judith won't hold it against you—much)
Neither. I just remember where I left off.
When do you do most of your reading?
In my bed, with giant pillows propped up and with my down comforter pulled up to my waist. Books to me = relaxation and a feeling of comfort. I like to feel secure. Oh, books are just the best, aren’t they?
“So we’re come up with a new punishment,” says Dad. “Something that will get your attention.”
Dad looks at Mom and Mom looks at Dad and I can tell that they are a united front against me. “We’re going to close your Snappypic account,” states Dad.
“What?” My stomach dips as if I’ve just dropped from highest part of a roller coaster. I want to flop against the nearest car in the parking lot. “You can’t do that. It’s my account. It’s private. You can’t.” Every day, I get smiley faces and hearts and balloons and LIKES. All of the time. Waking up and not being able to se what my followers are up to? Being totally cut off like that? My parents might as well send me to Antarctica because I’m going to be frozen out of everything. “This must be some kind of hallucination,” I say. “The parents I know would never do this to me!”
“Karma, I’m sorry,” says Mom. “But I think you are over-reacting. You knew the rules.”
“Please.” I clasp my hands together. “Please, please. Please. I’ll do anything. I’ll babysit Toby as much as you want. I’ll clean the house every single day. I’ll make dinner I’ll—”
“It’s a final decision,” says Dad.
“But I’m like… a professional. I have more followers than some companies.”
“Exactly our point, Karma,” says Mom. “You’re not a company. You’re our daughter and still a kid. And I don’t really love this obsession of yours.”
The parking lot is practically spinning. “You just don’t want me to grow up!”
I fling up my arms. “Please,” I beg. “Don’t do this.”
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