Anna’s in Your Imaginary Book Club!

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Back in March, Whitney put together a fun post on who would be in her Imaginary Book Club.

While it’s fun to speculate about all our fantasy book club members, we always want to give you the chance to know a bit more about the folks who make up the Imaginary Book Club community.

Each month we’ll be profiling one of our writers or contributors with a fun Q&A post. Feel free to chat them up in the comments. We love that.

Now let’s get into it!

Anna’s in your Imaginary Book Club!

Where were you born and where do you call home?

Born in Columbia, Missouri, but I spent most of my childhood in the suburbs of Orlando, Florida — the happiest place on earth 😉 Right now, I’m living in Toronto, Canada. Why, you ask? PhD program & all of these reasons.

Have you always been a voracious reader?

YES, yes, a thousand times YES! My family loves to embarrass me with stories about me reading in line while waiting for the rides at Disney World. My very first AOL email address and AIM screenname was bookbebe5 and my second one was readwritinghood5. I even got detention in middle school for reading too much in class when I wasn’t supposed to! The only all nighters I’ve ever pulled are for books that I just had to devour whole, starting with Harry Potter of course and most recently with Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Series.

What is the name of the book you most recently blogged about?

Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Series

If you could ask the Author 3 questions what would they be?

Since the writer is famously using a pseudonym, I’ll have to start with:

    1. Who are you?
    2. (I suspect, like many others, that she is an academic) Are you currently (or ever have been) in academia?
    3. Why do you think your story is resonating with so many people around the world, when it’s so specific to a time and a place that so few have experienced?

What was your favorite memory from childhood about a book?

There’s a lot of good ones, but I think I’ll have to pick my mom reading The Giver out loud to us as a family. It was one of the first books that I remember ever reading  (listening to?) that required you to interpret the ending for yourself. All of us discussed and disagreed about what the ending “meant” and if it was real or a vision by the protagonist – and if it even mattered! Instead of finding it frustrating, I found it fascinating.

Who is your most favorite character and why?

Ugh, favorite questions are the worst for me! I have so many characters that I love for completely different reasons.

What would you like to be when you grow up?

An adult 🙂 Oh wait, I’m supposed to be that already…

Have you written a book yourself or are you planning to in the future?

I used to want to be a writer, and then my dad kindly pointed out that if I really wanted to be a writer, I’d be writing all the time. Instead, I was reading all the time. I’m a reader, not a writer – and so grateful for those who have the skills that I don’t have!

If you were shipwrecked on a desert island what 3 books would you want with you?

I think this changes all the time, but here’s what I love right now:

  1. Bel Canto, Ann Patchett
  2. Prodigal Summer, Barbara Kingsolver
  3. MaddAddam Series by Margaret Atwood — or my favorite one, The Year of the Flood.

Is there an Author that you would really like to meet?

Margaret Atwood. AND SHE LIVES IN TORONTO! One of my classmates saw her at the coffeeshop next to the Toronto Reference Library.

What book are you about to start reading?

I normally am reading one novel and one non-fiction. On the novel front, I’m really excited to read Ann Patchett’s Commonwealth when it comes out in mid September. On the nonfiction front, I’m excited to read Pedigree: How Elite Students Get Elite Jobs by Lauren A. Rivera. She’s a scholar in my field too, so I’m extra excited to read a book of hers for fun!

What book do you know that you will never read?

The Fountainhead. No matter how many people tell me that Ayn Rand managed to write a great novel, I refuse to read it out of sheer stubbornness and deeply-held principles.

Sleep in or get up early?

Get up early 🙂 I love reading in the morning and procrastinate the work I’m supposed to be doing by getting up early. Especially with a coffee or a tea.

Pet peeves?

    1. When men call women “females” in casual conversation — I physically recoil. Ew. We’re people, not a different species.
    2. People calling me a “ginger.” It totally came out of nowhere for me. I give special passes to British people, but Americans never did until that awful South Park episode.
    3. Rude people — so thank goodness, I’ve moved to Canada! Most often these take the form of terrible customers, so I try to shame them whenever possible.

If you could plan the perfect holiday, what would it be?

½ sightseeing, ½ relaxing. Doesn’t matter where we are — a few days of seeing and learning about a new place, and a few days lounging, reading, and snacking.

What are 5 items you never leave home without.

    1. Kindle
    2. Planner – I know, I’m old school. My sister got me the Evernote Moleskine Planner and I couldn’t recommend it enough.
    3. Water bottle (spring/summer) or Coffee Mug (fall/winter) — I love the Contigo brand. I often lose these though…
    4. My “everyday” notebook – I like the Moleskine Paperback Cahier Journals
    5. Pen

White wine or red?

Both. I like the taste of red better, but I don’t trust myself not to spill it upon myself. So red at home, white in public 😀

Coffee or tea?

Both! Coffee has a strong effect on me, so I’m always having tea after 2 pm. Earl Gray is my favorite.

Vanilla or chocolate ice cream?

Vanilla, especially Bluebell’s Homemade Vanilla.

What is a movie or TV show that you watched recently and really enjoyed?

Just finishing up Mr. Robot Season 1. My parents introduced it to us over Spring Break and we’re finally in the last few episodes.

What scares you?

Failure, but I’m working on it.

Where can we STALK you?

Ugh, I’m terrible at social media. Here is good start 😀 I’m working on being actually on Twitter, but I have slightly abandoned looking at accounts for all the other ones too (Insta, Facebook, LinkedIn). I’m permanently locked out of my Snapchat because I never can remember the password that I make when I’m tipsy, but I’m okay with that 🙂


Thanks for sharing Anna! We look forward to more of your posts. You can read all of Anna’s posts here.

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