Reading The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury at, appropriately, Yuri's Night at NASA's Ames Research Center.

Do they commonly read appropriate books at themed gatherings? No, unless you count reading Spanish in Spanish speaking countries.

The woman in white--her favorite author is John Irving, for the eccentricity of his characters. They're weird, yet you can relate to them. She likes Anne Tyler's early books for the same reason. She reads for an escape, not to try and read something highbrow. Other favorite books/books she's read recently are God of Small Things, by Arundhati Roy and Spanglish, by Ed Morales. (correction--by Ilan Stavans, though she'll look into reading the Ed Morales book next....)

The woman in green is a big fan of David Lodge, who writes academic comedies.

They both felt that a book that changed their lives was To Kill A Mocking Bird, by Harper Lee--it makes you think about how you treat people, who you are mean to and who you are nice to and you read it in middle school, a time in your life when you really need to think about these things.

Later in the evening the book had been passed to another reader. Here, reading on the dance floor with a bike light.


Sarah said...

Thanks for featuring us, Sonya! The Spanglish I’m currently reading is by Ilan Stavans—although I think I’ll look into the Morales book next. Also, Before the Mortgage was one of my favorite reads last year. Hope you’re enjoying it. Good luck with your blog!

Sonya said...

Hi Sarah,

Thanks for the commenting and for correction.

Before the Mortgage is one of my favorite books, too--just the other day I was quoting from it!

Thanks for your encouragement.