quite fond of Learning to Lose by
David Trueba. I read the English translation as the original is in Spanish – Saber Perder. Any book combines Spain,
soccer, murder, and an affair with a prostitute is a book for me. Learning to Lose follows the lives of
four characters living in Madrid – a sixteen year old girl, a professional
soccer player, a middle aged man, and his elderly father. It’s a story of loss.
A loss of love. A loss of self respect. A loss of self worth. But from each
loss comes learning and acceptance that loss is part of live.
read this book in a weekend and was sad to finish it. It’s the type of book I
want to read over and over again, and pick up new subtleties each time. It’s as
if the reader is the characters and can feel their pain and joy. A lovely
translation and the characters’ stories are interwoven so well. Just a truly
Are you a fiction or nonfiction person?
What’s your favorite literary genre? Any guilty pleasures?
consider myself to be a nonfiction type of gal. I love learning new things and
I find that I learn the most from nonfiction. I went to business school and I
must admit, I love a good business book. Freakonomics
was awesome as well as Soccernomics.
There I go again, back to soccer. Soccernomics
combined soccer and business. Perfect combo. I’m a nerd. Don’t judge me.
wouldn’t consider this to be a guilty pleasure, but I do love a good murder
mystery. You just can’t go wrong with people getting killed.
What book had the greatest impact on you?
don’t think I can narrow this down to one book. I think every book changes a
person in some way, even if they aren’t conscious of it.
if I’m forced to choose just one book then I would have to say Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin and
Daniel Salmieri. Yes, this is a childrens book. Yes, I read this about 3 months ago. Yes, I am an adult. My
coworker and I received this book as an advanced reader and promptly read it
outloud to each other over lunch and quoted it excessively for months. I think every person needs to read this
and understand just how much dragons love tacos and parties. The only thing
better than a party is a taco party. But, you must always remember that dragons
hate spicy salsa.
What is your ideal reading experience? Your
depends on what I’m reading. If it’s a sad book, then I am alone in my
apartment sobbing hysterically with only my cats watching. I don’t cry in
any other type of books, I don’t really have a preference. I can pretty much
read anywhere. Except outside because I have to put sunscreen on and I always end
up getting it on my book. And sunscreen on books is never a good thing. The
pains of being a redhead.
bad reading habit of mine is to break the spines on books. The first thing I do
when I start a new book is to break the spine. My mother hated me for that
growing up. She would never allow me to read a book before her, as she hates a
broken spine. I had a hard childhood.
Do you prefer a book that makes you laugh
or cry? One that teaches you something or distracts you?
little bit of everything. It depends upon the mood I am in. My preference is
something that teaches me something. Like I said earlier, love, love, love a
good business book. But then
sometimes a girl just needs a good cry or laugh. If you need a good laugh read Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by
Jenny Lawson. Awesome book. It will make you feel so much better about your
Who are your favorite heroes and heroines
I don’t know if I have one.
Maybe Nancy Drew. I love her. I think those books are where I got my love of
Disappointing, overrated, just not good:
What book did you feel as if you were supposed to like, and didn’t? Do you
remember the last book you put down without finishing?
read Slaughterhouse Fiveand just
could not get into it. I don’t know what it was about it, but it just didn’t
work for me. Also, A Separate Peace. I was forced to read
this in high school and hated every minute of it. I’ve tried multiple times to read Catch 22and every time I can’t get past the first chapter.
What’s the funniest book you’ve ever
Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snoggingby Louise Rennison. Actually just the whole series in general. I read this book
when I was in seventh grade and I remember sitting in the library and laughing
hysterically and way too loudly. Even eleven years later this book is still one
of the funniest I’ve read.
If you could meet any writer, dead or
alive, who would it be? What would you want to know?
Simon Kuper. I kinda just wanna talk soccer with him. That’s a sad answer. I
might need to think on my choices more. Or maybe Fernando Torres. He wrote a
book called El Niño. He’s a soccer player. I’m
sure you figured that though. I love him. I named my cat Fernando. And now,
Sergio Ramos just needs to write a book and my life would be complete. I named
by other cat after him. I told you I like soccer.