I love to read–everything. I wish I had more time for pleasure reading of fiction. But I read what and when I can–newspapers, magazines, the backs of cereal boxes, whatever text is in front of me.
What books would you recommend?
I think there is a reason why the classics are classic, and except for Wuthering Heights, I’ve never regretted reading any one of them.
Do you remember the first book you read or any childhood favorites?
I don’t recall the first books, but childhood favorites include: From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler; Anne of Green Gables; Greengage Summer.
Have you always liked to read? Was there ever a person in your life who really inspired you to read?
My mother was an avid reader. She would read for 5-6 hours a day and consumed multiple books a week. She is my example.
Did you read any interesting/memorable books when you were in college?
I took an American literature survey course purposefully so I would read Moby Dick (I didn’t think I’d ever read it unless it was required). I’m so glad I did; that course–and reading that book–turned me into a nineteenth-century US historian. I also have exceptionally fond memories of my courses on Shakespeare, and one of my favorite papers that I ever wrote was on Shaw’s Pygmalion.