Connecting people with great reads is one of the best parts of my job. Whether I'm drawing on my own reading experience or exploring the stacks to help someone find that "just right" book, it's that matchmaking element that makes readers' advisory so much fun for me.
I read broadly because I never know what will fit my state of mind at a certain moment. I may be in the mood for fiction (literary fiction, mystery or psychological thrillers) or non-fiction (chiefly history, biography, essays and true-crime).
I developed my interest in true-crime around 2003 after reading Erik Larson's The Devil in the White City. I was amazed at the author's skill in weaving together the — admittedly horrific — true-crime narrative with an account of the planning and construction of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. I was hooked, and I've been seeking out Larson's books — and similar titles — ever since. As for fictional crime, I’ve been drawn to mysteries since I was a child reading the Bobbsey Twins, and later graduating to Agatha Christie (Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot) and Rex Stout (Nero Wolfe). My current favorites include series by Ian Rankin, Tana French and Jo Nesbo.
I'm an avid knitter and love to talk with other knitters and would-be knitters. Knitting is a great hobby for audiobook fans who want to multi-task! I enjoy combining my love for knitting with travel, recently taking a cruise to East Asia with several other knitters.
If your reading interests sound similar to mine, get in touch!
In my job as the Assistant Branch Manager at the Martha Washington Library, I am usually at work Monday through Thursday and alternate Fridays and Saturdays. I will get back to you as quickly as possible, but please allow a day or two for me to respond.