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Favorite book when you were a child: 1st Favorite: Go Dog Go! P.D. Eastman (I always wanted to go to the party on top of the tree). Later, I constantly re-read Little Women, The Wizard of Oz, and Heidi.
Your top five authors: Lionel Shriver, Edith Wharton, Karin Slaughter, David Sedaris, F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Book you've faked reading: None – I’ll readily confess to the gaps in my reading.
Book you are an evangelist for: We Need to Talk About Kevin Lionel Shriver.
Book you've bought for the cover: None – a cover might turn me off but not make me buy.
Book that changed your life: The Novel by James Michener – When I first realized the layers of jobs involved with books; that I could have a life in books without having to become an author.
Book you most want to read again for the first time: Lonesome Dove.
Book you'd take with you to a desert island: A dictionary – it has all the words you need.
Song that has played the most on your MP3 player: I put it on shuffle and just let it play, it would be rude to interrupt the flow.
Best way to spend a weekend: In a lawn chair on my front porch with a good book, a cold bottle of wine, and my sweetheart by my side.
Your go-to pick for movie night: On my non-premium Dish TV I check AMC, IFC, and Comedy Central – in that order.
Favorite Vacation Destination: The beach.
Window or Aisle: Aisle!!
What is the first giveaway that a book is going to be good: When I have to read a description out loud to whoever is closest (plane trips can be awkward).
Best TV or Movie adaptation of a book: To Kill a Mockingbird.
Book character you would like to play in a movie: Trixie Belden
Website you have spent the most time reading:

Sydne's Recent Reviews

Much has been written about Babe Ruth but this well-researched biography uses interviews with family, friends, and foes to show how he was emblematic of his time as well as ahead of it. Using the framework of a barnstorming tour after the 1927 season with Lou Gehrig, Leavy details how he was the first athlete who was as famous off the field as on, the first to have an agent that branded him as a commodity. This bigger than life personality made movies, endorsed scores of products, spent his money faster than it came in, and charmed women and children alike. He drank a lot, smoked a lot of cigars, and hit a lot of home runs. The poor kid from Baltimore became a world-wide phenomenon and it’s a wild ride.
While we await more in the Will & Sara story, this stand-alone thriller will get your adrenaline pumping and make you wonder if you really know those closest to you. A shooting in a mall restaurant and then a home invasion sends Andrea on the run and what she finds out about her mother’s past knocks her socks off. There is domestic terrorism, big pharma, and an evil manipulating cult-ish leader – oh my!

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