She is reading the introduction by Geraldine Brooks of The Best American Short Stories 2011, for a creative writing class she is taking. The professor wants the students to see how other writers were inspired.
Her own favorite books are trilogies and series. She loved The Millennium trilogy (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), by Stieg Larsson and also The Lord of the Rings, by JRR Tolkein; and the Harry Potter books, by JK Rowling. She likes the fairytale/fantasy element.