Meet October Reader of the Month: Amanda Vazquez
Amanda is the Director of the Dubuque County Library District, here’s what she had to share as our October Reader of the Month:
The last few years, I have been soaking up a lot of comfort reads—fun, modern romance and graphic novels, but I also love flipping through cookbooks to read the stories and recipes.
I love book clubs because they get me to read books I might never have chosen on my own. I often have a hard time selecting a book to read because time is so limited, I feel like I need a book that is just right. As a child and teen I read a lot of fantasy and historical fiction, and I’ve always enjoyed reading “the classics” and seeing how the book compares to movies or other media representations. I love re-reading my favorites and have a few books I come back to every couple of years or when I feel stuck. I read a lot of fiction and graphic novels, and love a good, quick read.
Q & A:
Q. What is the best book you have read within the last year (or ever)?
A. “The Glass Hotel” by Emily St. John Mandel.
Q. What is your ideal reading environment (location, sound, snacks, etc.)?
A. The couch with tea in a very large mug and a very cozy blanket.
Q. What book are you most excited about reading next, and what about it is most exciting?
A. Jasmine Guillory’s newly released novel “Drunk on Love.” I have loved everything of hers that I have read and can’t wait to read the sweet, modern romance and see which parts make me smile.
Q. When do you decide to stop reading a book? In other words, do you read every book to the last page or is there a moment when you decide to stop?
A. I don’t hesitate to stop reading a book. If I look at it and think “I should really read that” without any enthusiasm or energy, it’s time for me to call it quits. I can always come back to it later.
Q. Do you remember when your love for reading began?
A. I have loved reading for as long as I can remember. I remember reading on the swing set, in the treehouse, on long (and short) car rides, in my room, and just about anywhere as a child. As a middle-schooler, I volunteered at my childhood library and would carry home stacks of books that I set aside for myself instead of shelving them. I have so enjoyed sharing my love of reading with my kids through books I loved when I was their age and new titles we discover together.