Job Title: Book Manager
On your nightstand now: The End of All Things by John Scalzi, Numero Zero by Umberto Eco, seveneves by Neal Stephenson, Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein, Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie, Everything Eyes by Bobbi Brown, When She Woke by Hilary Jordan, Queen Victoria’s Mysterious Daughter by Lucinda Hawksley, poetry by Neruda and Millay. And, usually a cat that likes to knock the books onto the floor.
Favorite book when you were a child: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, or any Trixie Belden mystery
Your top five authors: Donna Tartt, Margaret Atwood, John Scalzi, Kazuo Ishiguro, Kate Atkinson
Book you've faked reading: Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
Book you are an evangelist for: The Secret History by Donna Tartt. I have read it every year for the last 20, and have handsold more than I could ever count.
Book you've bought for the cover: The Secret History, believe it or not. The original HB cover was exquisite.
Book that changed your life: How to be Sick by Toni Bernhard
Favorite line from a book: Mark Watney’s first line in The Martian. I can’t repeat it because I never swear. Ever.
Book you most want to read again for the first time: The Martian by Andy Weir. I devoured it so quickly that I keep having to go back to it. I am giddy about the upcoming movie.
Book you'd take with you to a desert island: One of those huge, old-fashioned do-it-yourself home repair manuals. I like making stuff.
Favorite quotation: “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” He should have dumped her a long, long time before.
Song that has played the most on your MP3 player: New Mexico by Minibar
Best way to spend a weekend: Curled up in bed with cats, books, wine, and pizza. And, having my boyfriend around to refill the wine glass and clear away the pizza box.
Your go-to pick for movie night: The English Patient (even though I loathed the book)
Favorite Vacation Destination: Northern Minnesota or Wisconsin. I need to see a lake and hear loons.
Window or Aisle: Aisle
What is the first giveaway that a book is going to be good: (bad is easier!) I won’t read a book that is characterized as “unputdownable.” Is that even a word?
Best TV or Movie adaptation of a book: Remains of the Day
Book character you would like to play in a movie: Minerva McGonagall or Annie Montrose from The Martian (but I never swear so that would be difficult).
Website you have spent the most time reading: Io9 or The Huffington Post
Christine's Recent Reviews
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