READER INTERVIEW WITH NANCY SCHAEFER, MICHIGAN READER
Conducted January 15, 2014
Note from Paulette: I’m always interested in what readers are reading or hoping to read. Here’s the first reader interview. This is likely a frequent feature of readeatlive.com
Tell us what you are reading these days.
I’m reading Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks. This is a selection of our neighborhood book club. Belonging to a book club is delightful and has broadened my reading experience.
Do you have a favorite book of the past year?
Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin and Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin.
What books would we be surprised to find on your shelves?
Ken Follett’s Century Trilogy.
Do you have a favorite author or two?
Dorthea Benton Frank and Sharon Kay Penman. I love Penman’s Welsh stories.
What book that you read this past year was a disappointment and why?
The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar. It took a long time to get into it, and its descriptions of conditions in India. If it hadn’t been a club selection, I wouldn’t have finished it.
What writers would you like to invite to lunch?
I would invite Anne Barrow who wrote The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I have reread it four times. And, I would invite Dorthea Benton Frank who writes stories set in South Carolina’s Lowcountry.
What book is in the waiting-to-be-read category?
Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson.
What helps you decide what to read?
Book Club Selections, browsing in bookstores, and reading lists in the newspaper.
Do you have a favorite genre, or not?
Yes, I like both fiction and fact, especially stories set in the Lowcountry, and English and American History.
What will you read next?
I plan on obtaining Ken Follett’s newest book.
From Paulette: Nancy tells us that more often than not, she enjoys “feel good” books that don’t require a lot of thinking. Like most readers, she can speak her mind. Thanks so much Nancy for sharing your reading interests with other blog readers! I loved this peek into your reading life.