At our recent Fall Ball at the Slipper Room, blogger Nicole Bonia of Linus’s Blanket won the truly awesome prize of a profile here on the olive reader. So, without further adieu, here she is!
Favorite books (classics edition): I love a lot of books that are pretty old—Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen; Beloved, by Toni Morrison; Kindred, By Octavia Butler; Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott (I have to say that I love the first book way more than the second, in the second book Alcott does a host of things with the characters that just annoys me); I remember adoring The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexander Dumas but I wonder if I would enjoy it as much today. The same with 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, by Jules Verne. I love the food mentioned in that one even though I read it in the fifth grade. I think I would still like that part today.
Favorite books (future classics edition): Some recent faves are We Need To Talk About Kevin, by Lionel Shriver. She is such an amazing writer. I was so stunned by this book and it affected me so much that I didn’t know if I could handle reading anything else by her, but up next for me is either Double Fault or Post Birthday World. Run, by Ann Patchett ( I made so many people buy that book), The Heretic’s Daughter by Katheleen Kent & The Book of Night Women by Marlon James. I also read a lot of books about places and events this year like City of Refuge, by Tom Piazza; 9 Lives, by Dan Baum and Columbine, by Dave Cullen. It’s difficult to call books on such heavy topics favorites, but they were amazing books.
(note from the olive reader: yes! lionel shriver! WNTTAK is one of the best books I’ve ever read, but Double Fault is still my favorite of hers. PBW is excellent, too, and I think her most accessible. Did you know she has a new hardcover, So Much for That, out in March? City of Refuge is also a fave of ours here at harper perennial.)
Keep these books away from Nicole!: I really dislike Catch-22, by Joseph Heller and The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway, and maybe I shouldn’t say this since I only made it halfway through, but Lolita irks me as well. One of these days I plan on reading the whole thing, and I might change my mind then, but I just didn’t think it was all that.
Nicole as a reader, then and now: The first books that I remember are Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, and the Three Bears. I’m assuming that I read them. I also had a book called My Book of Bible Stories- that might be my first real read. I remember getting peel-off nail polish on it. My mother says I thought God was a big meanie for always smiting people down. (olive reader note: haha.)
I have always loved to read and read pretty widely as long as the quality of writing is there. For a long time I only read literary fiction, and then I started blogging at Linus’s Blanket and found so many blogs that offered great quality reads in all different genres, so I have slowly been branching out over the past year. Being that I track my reading now I have notice a strong tendency toward historical fiction. But I love all the variety that I enjoy now. Having eclectic tastes means that there are even more books out there for me to enjoy.
Thanks for sharing, Nicole!