Hi! I’m Laila. I’m a life-long voracious reader who wants an outlet for my passion. I work in a small public library branch in a medium-sized Southern city. I have a few core library customers with which I can discuss books and recommend titles, and I belong to a fun, smart book group. (We’ve been together for almost ten years!) But I realized that I need another way to share my love of reading. So here it is.
I read pretty widely – literary fiction, mystery, non-fiction, memoir- but there are definitely still gaps in my reading. I want to stretch myself. I want to read more authors of color and more works in translation. I’m not too hung up on genre anymore, but I don’t really read much Romance or Christian Fiction. Just not my thing – at the moment. Who knows, maybe my tastes will change? I DO NOT JUDGE. Judging is lame.
Some of my favorite authors include Margaret Atwood, Kate Atkinson, Marlon James, Barbara Pym, Jess Walter, Barbara Kingsolver, Michael Connelly, Jane Austen, Sherman Alexie, and Ruth Rendell. My favorite books of 2014 were Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, the Area X Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer, and Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist. In 2015 it was James’s A Brief History of Seven Killings, Jenny Offill’s Dept. of Speculation, and Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.