What book do you always find yourself reading during the holiday season?
CA- How the Grinch Stole Christmas. And since I have kids the right age, I don’t even have to invent an excuse! Honestly, the story makes me cry every year, and it makes me long for a Christmas like the one in the hearts of the Whos.
Where is your favorite place to read in the winter?
CA- In bed under a lot of blankets. Or in a hot bath. I listen to almost all of my books on audio because I’m visually impaired, so anyplace I can get cozy works great. I don’t even have to have my arms free (or dry). I sometimes listen with headphones on while my kids watch cartoons in the family room. We have an old-fashioned wood burning fireplace there that we actually use. (It’s going right now, as a matter of fact.)
What are the books on your winter To Be Read list?
CA- Skin Game by Jim Butcher is at the top of my list, assuming the rumors are right and it’s coming in January. My husband and I usually read his stuff together, so he’s one of the few authors whose books I grab as soon as they come out. As to the rest, I don’t tend to build up much of a TBR list because I read whatever just went live on the library for the blind’s website. Depending upon popularity, these books may be available to me a few months or a couple of years after publication. I am hopeful that the newest Fever novel by Karen Marie Moning will be available soon. And I grab anything by Linda Howard, Catherine Anderson, or Julia Quinn without bothering to read the blurb. In the meantime, I’ve been rereading the Ender series (after watching the movie) and I think that will keep me busy until the New Year!
If you could only choose one book to buy in 2014, what would it be?
CA- Skin Game by Jim Butcher. I really am in love with Harry Dresden. (Don’t tell my husband, he might not read it to me! 🙂 )
How do you get ready for the holidays?
CA- I make sure to book a hotel. We don’t have any family within four hours of where we live, so we’re on the road every year. As a result, our house isn’t the most festive one you’ll find. Oh, we have a tree and a few knick-knacks I’ve accumulated over the years, but we don’t go all out like some people do. This year, I’ve decided to have a Winter Solstice Celebration at our house before we leave to take part in someone else’s Christmas. This is a new experiment for me, an attempt to help my family create traditions of our own. If it works out, I might have a better answer to this question next year!
We all know books make lovely gifts. Which book (or books) would you love to give to your family and friends?
CA- My family and friends have such diverse tastes, I just want to give them whatever it is they like to read! These are rarely the books I like to read. My father likes dry political commentary (that I don’t usually agree with) or history, my mom likes Sandra Brown and James Patterson. My sister-in-law likes Iris Johansen and Lynsay Sands (who isn’t bad, actually, if you like historical romance). At Christmastime, I want to make my family and friends happy, which isn’t usually a matter of finding common reading ground. 🙂
CA- Thank you so much for having me here. I hope everyone is enjoying the season. Happy NewYear!
Thanks so much for stopping by, Christine!
Time for the clue! (If you are confused about what I am talking about just check out Jessica’s or Cal’s explanation here or here. Basically, each clue is like a clue to a crossword puzzle that you need to earn extra entries into the giveaway.)
Clue #12: What do most animals do during the winter?
Now it’s your turn! Have you been following the scavenger hunt? Want to answer some of the interview questions yourself? I would love to read your comments!