Portrait of a Reader: Melanie
Here it is, the first installment of Portrait of a Reader! I hope you will find these interviews as fun as I have. I love, love, love connecting with other readers–people like YOU!
Today I want you to meet Melanie B. She is an awesome lady who I’ve connected with online and then recently got to meet in person. I love it when that happens! So without further ado:
I am very blessed to have a wonderfully loving family. My husband and I will celebrate our 38th anniversary the 24th of October. We are the parents of a daughter and son-in-law and a son and daughter-in-law and we have three of the grandest grandchildren! I am further blessed to have both of my parents living a short distance from me. In fact, they live one mile from me one direction and the grands live one mile from me the other direction, so life is good!
I love that you have everyone nearby. When did you first come to identify yourself as a “reader”? Do you consider yourself a casual reader, a sporadic reader, a serious reader or an all-out bibliophile?
The love of reading didn’t come to me until I was an adult. Growing up, I think I was just too busy wanting to be around people. (I am an only child.) Later on, I came to love the written word. I am in awe of people who sit down, collect their thoughts, and go to work with a pen and paper or I guess now…. a computer! I love books now, so bibliophile fits me pretty well.
What do you most enjoy reading?
I love a variety of books: Christian fiction, biographies, thrillers, etc. My list of authors is vast. Of course, Anne, you are right there at the top. *blush* Also, Lisa Wingate, Julie Cantrell, Nicholas Sparks, Iris Johansen…the list goes on and on.
I feel quite honored to be in that list! What is the last book you finished and what are you currently reading?
I have just finished reading Joanne Bischof’s Be Still My Soul and Though My Heart Is Torn. I am eagerly awaiting the third novel is this series, My Hope Is Found. I have many, many books in my TBR stack!
I know that TBR stack. I have one of my own! I enjoyed Be Still My Soul as well. What is your favorite time and place to read?
My favorite time to read is late at night, comfy in my bed when all is quiet. I end every day reading. I find it so relaxing and just can’t go to sleep without it!
What is the most unusual circumstance/place in which you’ve been found reading?
I read in all kinds of places. I am one that cannot sit idle when having to wait…doctor’s appointments, checkout lines, fishing when the fish aren’t biting….I have a book on hand at all times!
Ah, a woman after my own heart! Books–don’t leave home without them! Do you read physical books, ebooks, or both?
I think ebooks are great and it is so handy to have a variety of books to choose from at a single touch, but there is nothing like holding a book in your hands and turning page after page. I love it!
Do you buy your books, borrow them from friends or check them out of the library? (Or all of the above!)
I am a patron of my local library. In fact, I serve on the board of directors. But I thoroughly enjoy owning my own books. In my opinion, books in a home make it warmer and more inviting. Books make me feel good!
I like owning my books, too. Do you have any favorite foods or drinks that generally accompany your reading?
I don’t really have a specific food or drink involved with my reading, but I do love to run across books with recipes included in them and many times I will sit with a cookbook and read through it like a novel.
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?
I don’t recall ever forgetting anything in the oven or not preparing a meal due to reading, but I do have a funny reading quirk. When I am totally engrossed in a wonderful book, as I get close to the end, I will slow my reading to a near stop just because I hate to see the book come to an end.
I completely understand! I’ve done that myself. Thank you so much for sharing a little bit of yourself with us today.