Portrait of a Reader: Amy D.

Welcome, Amy! Please start by introducing us to yourself and your family.

I’m married to Troy. We have 2 girls, Audrey (5) and Alaina (4). We live in San Antonio. I take care of my family and coordinate the Women’s Ministry at my church. I love to read, cook and garden….and camp.

Portrait of a Reader: Amy D

Sounds like a lovely life.  So when you first came to identify yourself as a reader, Amy? Do you consider yourself a casual reader, a sporadic reader, a serious reader or an all-out bibliophile?

I would consider myself a serious reader. I didn’t really start reading until after grad school. I guess I got all the “forced reading” out of the way and then started reading for myself. Since I started, though, I haven’t stopped. I’m always reading something.

I hear that a lot. My theory is you get used to reading in all those college level classes and when you get out, you keep reading! 🙂 What do you most enjoy reading?

I most enjoy historical Christian fiction. My favorite authors are Randy Alcorn, Laura Frantz, Jody Hedlund and Liz Curtis Higgs. I have really enjoyed some Ted Dekker. But my all time favorites have come from Randy Alcorn.

Ah, some great authors in that list, some of whom I feel privileged to call friends. I still have not read a Randy Alcorn book. I know I need to remedy that! What is the last book you finished and what are you currently reading?

The last book I read was Harvest of Gold by Tessa Afshar.

I am currently reading Angels Watching Over Me by Michael Phillips

My next book is going to be Divergent.

I’ve heard great things about Tessa Afshar’s books–and I’ve long loved Michael Phillips, though I haven’t read that one yet. I’m sure I’ll get to Divergent one of these days. Maybe after I finally read The Hunger Games. 🙂 Do you have a favorite time and place to read? 

My favorite time and place to read are in bed at night after the kids are asleep and the house is quiet….other than on the beach!

The beach! Reading on the beach is my favorite part of being there!   So what is the most unusual circumstance/place in which you’ve been found reading?

The most unusual circumstance/place in which I’ve been found reading? How about reading quite often on the Boston subway? Or on a plane to Istanbul.

I love watching people read on subways in big cities! It always makes me wish I lived in such a place and had a commute so I could be one of them! Do you read physical books, ebooks, or both?

I mostly read ebooks now but love hard back books also. I love finding what I want on ebook from the library.

Do you buy your books, borrow them from friends or check them out of the library? (Or all of the above!)

I buy some ebooks when I can’t help myself, but I usually use the library and share with friends.

Good for you! I don’t have that much self-control! 🙂 Do you have any favorite foods or drinks that generally accompany your reading?

A good cup of coffee or glass of iced tea is perfect with a book.

Exactly! Finally, it’s true confessions time: have you ever forgotten something important (to fix dinner or that dinner was in the oven or an appointment, etc) because you were lost in the pages of a book? 

Have I ever forgotten something important because I was lost in the pages of a book? Does being late to get my kindergartener from school count? I’ve done that once or twice.

Absolutely! But the real question is: did you tell the teacher why you were late or fudge a little?

Thank you so much for sharing a little bit of yourself with us today, Amy. I hope everyone else enjoyed getting to know you, too!

Happy Reading, Y’all! 


6 comments on “Portrait of a Reader: Amy D.

  1. Hi Amy, so nice to meet you! I admire you for reading on the Boston subway. I can read on the commuter rail in to Boston, but I don’t know the subway well enough to read. I have to pay close attention or I will miss my stop! Thank you for sharing.

    • So fun that you know exactly what she’s talking about, Becky! Can’t wait to experience Boston with you later this year! 🙂

  2. So happy to meet Amy here! And I’m SO honored she takes time for my books. I am adding Ted Dekker to my reading list – I’ve read the others but no Ted! It really is interesting your love of reading kicked in after grad school. I hold out hope for my boys, then, who are not readers but all action. It’s rare to see them sit down with a book. You give me hope!

    Thanks for the wonderful interview. And kudos to my cuz, Sarah Sleet, for telling me you were over here visiting with Anne! I’m thrilled with the connection and count it a real blessing:)

    • I smiled when I saw your name on Amy’s list, Laura! And how fun for your cousin to let you know! (I apologize that it wasn’t me!) And yes, Amy’s story gives me hope for my kiddos, too. I only have 1 reader out of 3. 🙁

  3. That’s my girl who hated homework and loved playing outside until the street lights came on. Then she became a kindergarten teacher.

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