Which I suppose simply goes to indicate that one oughtn’t to leap to conclusions about what folks imply, not less than not with out additional dialog. However, maybe she was simply attempting to spare my emotions.What strikes you most in a piece of literature?Honesty. Emotional honesty, particularly. Granted, an writer is (kind of by definition) not solely taking liberties with actuality, he/she/they’re intentionally manipulating the emotions and ideas of the reader. Nonetheless, emotion that doesn’t ring true will kill a e book for me.Do you favor books that attain you emotionally, or intellectually?I type of assume e book ought to do each. Even the lightest of escape fiction must have an intrinsic sense of construction, self-awareness and intelligence. However, I completely contemplate laughter to be an vital emotion.Which genres do you particularly get pleasure from studying? And which do you keep away from?I’ll actually learn something, together with the label on the Tabasco bottle if there’s nothing else. You realize what’s in Tabasco? Peppers (puréed, we assume), vinegar and water. So easy — however do folks make their very own at house? No, so why not? And who’re these McIlhennys and the way did they get this factor began? (I posted a Thanksgiving photograph final 12 months — that includes our desk set for 10, with clear, empty dishes (as everybody stayed house, isolating throughout the pandemic) — however with a glimpse of the kitchen counter, on which was a Tabasco bottle. Some alert soul observed this, and the corporate promptly despatched me a pleasant Tabasco caddy, with six completely different types of the sauce. My husband urged me to place a bottle of Krug on the counter this 12 months and see what occurs.)That stated, I do keep away from books during which horrible issues occur to kids (not counting autobiographies of people that survived horrible issues occurring to them after they have been kids; these are fascinating) — and there’s a really small group of authors whose books I received’t learn as a result of the thoughts I sense behind them disturbs me. (In all equity, mine disturbs a number of folks, too.)How do you manage your books?What is that this unusual time period, “manage”…? Mainly, it’s administration by piles. The TBR pile (effectively, one in all them) is over there, and has the whole lot in it from sf/f and historical past to hard-core crime and memoirs — to say nothing of “Love Drunk Cowboy,” by Carolyn Brown, which I’m taking with me to Europe on Thursday. Within the workplace rest room, there’s a pile of historic (largely) reference books, together with whichever of the Firefox books I’m discovering helpful for the time being, plus my brand-new (used) copy of “The World Almanac of the American Revolution” (my authentic copy broke into a number of items, having been used all through the writing of the final 4 or 5 novels), and an intriguing factor referred to as “Methods to Learn Water” (a superb ability to have), plus an infinite, deliciously illustrated e book referred to as “Lichens.” Down by the women’ wing (all our children are lengthy since grown, however they arrive again for visits) is a small bookshelf that’s stacked (the cabinets being filled with video games like Monopoly and one thing in a black field with a vulgar title that I don’t have time to go have a look at simply now) with largely well-liked fiction — chick-lit, fantasy, homicide mysteries, biographies, and so on. — that any person in the home has already learn however didn’t need to throw away or donate to the library, so there it’s for whoever is perhaps . And … um … effectively, a number of extra of the identical. Piles, I imply. <cough>What e book may folks be shocked to seek out in your cabinets?I’m pretty positive that individuals who learn my books (not to mention those that really know me) wouldn’t be even faintly shocked that I’ve titles like “Medieval Punishments: An Illustrated Historical past of Torture,” or “The Intercourse Lifetime of the Foot and Shoe,” not to mention “Blood and Guts,” or the “Carmina Gadelica,” “The Masks of Command” (that’s army historical past/commentary, not BDSM (that’s on one other shelf…)), and three completely different books on symbology, plus a pair dozen slang dictionaries.