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Bringing you the best of the reading experience. What’s yours?
“Finishing a good book is like leaving a good friend” -William Feather
“To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting” ~Edmund Burke
This series is all about reflecting on the reading experience. When we read and enjoy a great book, there’s so many things happening in our brains! We need time to reflect and digest what we just ate, then fully appreciate the beauty.
~When you read a good book what do your eyes really see?
Well, we all see a little differently. Let’s introduce today’s guest!
WELCOME WENDY GREENE
Wendy is an aspiring writer, successful bookworm, a fellow blogger and follower of Christ.
What were your childhood experiences with reading?
I actually hated reading when I was younger! I enjoyed small books once and a while, but I never really got into it until I was probably in 5th grade. I was in the library and randomly started reading the Dear America series. I read every single one they had in about six months and fell in love with historical fiction that later branched out into more genres.
WOW! I find that so fascinating. You once were a person who hated reading, then somehow you became a complete BOOKWORM. The impact the Dear America series had on you is nothing less than impressive.
Which books influenced you the most as a child?
Of course, the Dear Americas were so influential in my life as well as Little House on the Prairie. But I remember, very distinctly, the first book that made me sob. It was titled Ashes of Roses by Mary Jane Auch. I would say it traumatized me more than influenced me, though 😄 It was a historical fiction about a girl who immigrated to Ellis Island to work in a clothing factory in New York. Horrific events occurred (but I won’t spoil it for you ;)) and the realization that it based on actual events rattled me to the core. Even though that experience hurt, it made me realize the power of words and how a collection of pages can change someone.
Words are powerful. I love to see how the writings of others have affected us. This never ceases to amaze me.
What’s your favorite genre to read? (it could be plural) and what do you enjoy most about them?
As of this moment, I really love science fiction. I hadn’t read a lot of that genre before, but I just love the mix of science and whimsy. Although, fantasy is a longtime love for me and the possibilities of that genre are ENDLESS. But also historical fiction. ALL OF THEM, PRETTY MUCH.
I love science fiction and fantasy as well. Hard to choose one eh?
Who are your top 5 favorite characters of all time?
Ooooh, that’s SO HARD. I’d have to say Percy Jackson from the Percy Jackson series is definitely up there along with Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables, Aslan from Narnia, Bilbo Baggins from The Hobbit, and Wolf from the Lunar Chronicles.
Bilbo is lovable and Wolf from the Lunar Chronicle is a pretty cool guy.
~There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates loot on treasure island – Walt Disney
What is it about them that draws you?
I love quirky personalities. Especially in Percy and Anne, they have a significant amount of spunk.They’re also brave without realizing it and simply view themselves as normal people; nothing particularly special. With Aslan, of course, he’s such a strong character and I’ve admired him for a long time. Bilbo is basically me if I were a hobbit, so there’s that. Wolf is just so awesome. He’s so violent yet sweet and I just loved him. ^_^
This is a nice handful of heroes! Sounds like they all have had a particular affect on you as a reader.
Do you enjoy character driven books more or plot driven?
I definitely believe that good characters can make up for a bad plot. If I can connect and love a character, I tend to ignore the massive plot holes that stand in the way. With that said, I love a good, intense, well-written storyline. So, both?
Have you ever cried while reading? If so, what were you experiencing?
YES. I cry in books All. The. Time. Sometimes the author will describe an emotion in such a beautifully rich way that touches me so deep I can’t help but cry. Other times I just feel the pain of the characters or relate something to my own life that moves me to tears. Oh, and there are also the copious amounts of character deaths I sob through…
Yes, this is truly a special moment when an author evokes tears in the reader.
AT THE SCENE OF THE CRIME…
As a reader what are your top 5 pet peeves?
Insta-love. Masculine female characters. Dog-eared pages. Stupid parents/villains. Pointless deaths.
I always enjoy seeing what irks people the most in books. Good things to avoid when writing!
When you read what are you seeking most?
Sometimes that depends on why I’m reading. Sometimes I delve into a book to escape from the world, other times I want to laugh or think. Sometimes I read as a writer. Reading is the tool I use the most when trying to develop my own writing style. If that’s the case, I read to glean information on style, story structure etc. But overall, I read because it’s so unique and beautiful. It gives me a glimpse of a universe unexplored and allows me to become someone else. I read because it changes me.
You just elicited the wow factor!!! That’s probably one of the best answers I’ve seen yet.
What are your top reads of 2016?
Oh dear…such a hard question! Number one would probably be Scarlett by Marissa Meyer. I also loved Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens, Storm Siren by Mary Weber, and What He Must Be by Vodie Baucham (there are so many more, but there ya go XD)
I enjoyed Scarlett too, but my favorite of that series was Cress. Great choices!
Thank you so much for interviewing me, I had so much fun! =D
THANKS SO MUCH WENDY!!!!!
~The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. –Dr. Seuss
~Nothing transforms the mind like a good book -Benjamin Thomas