Today is the start of a new series on Daily Mayo featuring You! I am featuring the real-life readers and book lovers of the world, what they read, and how they read it using the best media of all- photos!
We see a lot of eye-catching libraries in photo collections, or spend a lot of time putting together dream libraries, but it is just as interesting to see how everyday readers and book lovers read and enjoy their books. These are the libraries for real life.
So, I present to you: Libraries IRL: The photographic journey of what we read and how we read it.
Today’s first interview is with Serena of Savvy Verse & Wit.
Tell me a little about yourself:
Serena Agusto-Cox is a poet, fiction writer, founder of Poetic Book Tours, Co-founder of War Through the Generations, and creator of Savvy Verse & Wit, the award winning book review blog. Her poems have appeared in several literary magazines, an essay appeared inMade Priceless by H.L. Hix, and she was interviewed for Everyday Book Marketing by Midge Raymond.
Where you do hang out online?
Why are these books your favorite?
I have a eclectic palate when it comes to books, but each of these books and authors bring something different to the table from Beth Kephart’s poetic writing to Jill Mansell’s humor.
Why do you like to read in this spot?
The chair is plush, away from our cold windows, has its own lamp, is facing away from the television, and reclines! What more do I need?!
What appeals to you about your favorite author(s)?
I love authors that have poetic and lyrical writing, can make me feel like I am right there with the characters, and are not afraid to make me laugh aloud!
What made you choose those books for your TBR pile?
These are books that I either have tour dates for, are due soon at the library, or are poetry I want to read.
What do you look for in a non-fiction book?
Nonfiction has to grab me in style — no dry or textbook talk need apply — and it has to be about rock stars, ecofeminism, strong women, politics, the Vietnam War, or WWII. Or the love of reading and books.
How did you acquire your oldest book?
A friend bought it for our daughter when she was born. It’s a lot older than he thought it was.
What is your favorite thing about the book cover you chose?
I love the artistic nature of it and the colors. But maybe its because I know my essay is inside.
What makes you return to your most-read book over and over?
I always find something new to love in Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice.
How do you organize your books?
I have sections of the shelves organized by genre and subgenre, and within that, I organize all the books by author. Though in the classics, I’ve extended Jane Austen to include the spinoffs, retellings, and inspired works too.
Where do you get your books? What appeals to you about that venue?
I get my books at a number of places — Amazon because I can preorder my favorite authors and have them arrive like a surprise, Novel Books which is the local indie bookstore, and I get some great books from the library through their online hold system.
Thanks for giving us a look into your reading life, Serena!
If you would like to be featured in a future libraries IRL, send me an e-mail at brenda at dailymayo.com.