A Life In Books with Kimberly Livingston

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Today I am joined by Kimberly Livingston whose book In the Eyes of an Angel reviewed this morning so take a look if you haven’t already.

 

Can you tell me a bit about yourself?

I’m an American living in Colorado, which (for my UK followers) is the middle to western half of the United States right next to the Rocky Mountains. I am a Disney fanatic – Disneyland to be specific. I spend as much time there as I absolutely can. I currently am immersed in studying American Sign Language (ASL) and am trying to work that into a novel at some point in time. I am married (to my own Prince Charming) and have 3 grandchildren. I’m liking the point I am at in my life. There is something about aging that is rather a relief. Much of the drama of younger years begins to fade. Of course, it gets replaced with other things, such as wrinkles.

 

1. What was your favourite book from childhood?

IMG_0939I remember reading From the Mixed of Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. I recall it being about a girl who runs away and lives in a museum. That is all I remember of the plot but I always imagined living in a museum or a mall (or Disneyland) after that.

 

2. What type of books did you read as a teenager?

Probably not what people might expect. I never did get into YA books as a kid. I read Shakespeare, poetry and Broadway plays. It wasn’t until I was in my mid-forties that I started to love teenage fiction!

 

3. When you were at school what was your favourite book you studied?

Funny you should ask because I just reread it for the first time since High School. We read Heart of Darkness in my Junior year and I remembered loving it. I had no idea why so I picked it up the other day. I still loved it. The writing style was poetic and the story, in my mind, had a strangely happy ending.

 

4. What is your favourite classic book?IMG_0940

 

Is it fair to say Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice? Timeless.

 

5. What would you consider to be one of the best books you have had over the last 5 years?

This one is easy. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I was hooked on it from the very beginning, closed the book at the end, turned it over, opened it to the first page re-read it. Twice. I have read that book probably a half a dozen times in the past couple of years.

 

6. What book do you think you should read but never get round to?

I am squeamish about a lot of misery and violence in books, so realize that there are many “great books” that I am missing out on. Therefore, I never read many of the books that so many others are discussing, but it is more of a conscious decision versus “not getting around to it.” I would suppose more of the classics are the ones I feel that I “should” read, but never do.

 

7. What do you consider to be your favourite book ?

Again, The Night Circus. But I have other books that I will read over and over again. Gone with the Wind happens to be one.

 

8. Is there a book that you have started but were unable to finish?

Oh, often. I just picked up Wicked by Gregory Maguire and I couldn’t get past the third chapter. Ick. I know that people have raved about it and that it was the impetus for the Broadway hit, but to me it took “TMI” to a whole new level. Too bad, because the concept behind it intrigues me.

 

IMG_09419. If you were stranded on a desert Island which 2 books would you want to have with you?

The Night Circus (if that isn’t obvious by now) and honestly, a blank book (a really thick blank book) so I could daydream and write to my heart’s content. Hmmmm sounds like a perfect life!

 

10. Kindle or Book?

Generally speaking, Book. However, I have to say there is a convenience about a Kindle….. “Ack, I need something to read RIGHT NOW, hmmmm, let me download that.” But if I love a book, it has to be in my hands or on my shelf.

 

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Jules

Hi, I am an avid reader and have been all my life. I put it down to being an only child and having a teacher for a mum. The idea of this blog is to share my passion for reading and review new and upcoming books as well as those that may have been out for several years. I also review on Twitter @Bookliterat

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