Las Vegas, NV -- Harry Potter Release -- July 20, 2007

Her favorite book--The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold. Her favorite Harry Potter book is The Order of the Phoenix because you can see that Harry is darker than he’s been before. She likes the darker side. It’s not, she said, a kid’s book. People die.

If she would write her own novel it’d be about growing up and all the different things she’s experienced, crazy things she’s done.

The friend on her left--Her favorite book is Pride and Predjudice. She also likes Jane Austen’s novel, Northanger Abbey.

She doesn’t like to read bestsellers. Instead, she’d rather read good stuff, like Terry Goodkind’s series. It’s sci fi, she says, but it’s not too ridiculous. He doesn’t copy Tolkien. He deals with moral issues, like free will and doing what’s right. She’s waiting for the next book in the series to come out . First she was waiting for Harry, now she’s waiting for the next Terry Goodkind.

She said it’s scary that Oprah has so much power over what people read.

In Highschool she liked Candide, the story of how a man was so dedicated to a woman he was away from and then when he finally sees her, she’s an old hag, but he still stays with her.

She loved the first chapter of The Invisible Man, but felt like it went downhill after that, that it’s just a downward spiral of depression.

She tried to read Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson, but didn’t finish and came away wondering...did she just win the Pulizer because it was a hard book to read? Her college roommate (the woman in front of the maps in the previous post) from when she was going to college in Hawaii (she's from Guam) seconded that.

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