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What are you reading?
The Marriage Plot.
Do you have a ton of books on your Kindle?
Not really. I like to keep a clean Kindle — I'd say I have maybe about twenty books on here.
That's a lot more restraint than I have. What kind of books are you interested in?
I was on a really long nonfiction kick throughout college, but I just graduated.
Thanks! So now I'm trying togged more into literature, I guess. I mean, Marriage Plot won a Pulitzer, so I'm giving it a shot.
How you liking it so far?
I really love it. The main character just graduated from Brown, and she's jobless, and I was just like, "Oh! This is me!" I get the feeling that — well, all writers love to read, but you can just see how much Jeffrey Eugenides loves to read.
Is it really heavy on the references?
Kind of. The character's an English major, and so it talks about everything she's read, and how it makes her feel.
How important are books to your relationships?
Well, with my current boyfriend, I guess it was a little. We shared books because we were both really into reading non-fiction. I borrowed, like three of his books.
Is there a book that you instantly recommend to somebody you're interested in?
There's a non-fiction book called The Disappearing Spoon, about the periodic table of elements. I love reading about science, and other things I don't understand, which is why I love nonfiction. So, I think that would be a good one, because it humorously explains the backstory behind every single element on the periodic table. It was actually one of the most entertaining books I've ever read.
Do you have any dealbreaker books or authors that if you see somebody with, it turns you off?
Well, I know it's the fad to hate Twilight, but one of my friends loves, loves, those novels, and I don't believe in shitting on something you've never tried out. So I actually read the book, and now I can safely say I hate that book. It's terrible writing. I'm a grammar Nazi, and I know that it goes through an editor, at some point, but if I hate the structure of the language, or the structure of the sentences, I just can't deal with it.
Did you manage to read all the books, while hating them? Did you hate-read?
No. I read the first one and I was like, "Well. I'm never wasting my time with this." I feel like I got enough of a taste of it. I've given it a shot. I mean, no offense if you like it!
I wouldn't touch it with a ten-foot-pole.
I have to say, I felt really stupid reading it in public.
Did you feel judged?
Yeah! When I was reading it in public, I could tell people were like, "She's reading Twilight."
That's the nice thing about a Kindle, though! People don't have to know you're reading Twilight!
This was back before I had the Kindle, though. Back when Twilight was really the thing.
Well, good on you, though, for taking that step.
I mean, I'm not opposed to that type of fiction. I read The Hunger Games and I thought it was great!