The Bibliophile's Adventurers Club

Exemplars of bookish delight

An introduction in the guise of 10 bookish questions

Amanda Hammond, you may know her from her  Emerson bio. Soon, you’ll know her from her monthly series Literary Libations. She’s smart and witty, and a great lover of books. While she’s not new to these parts, she’s never been officially introduced. To rememdy this issue, we posed our ten bookish questions; here are her answers . . .

Q1: What was the first book you ever read?

It was something about a witch and a fireplace. The first book I vividly remember reading was There are Rocks in My Socks which I read over and over and over and over. Then I moved on to Judy Blume and the world was never the same.

Q2: What’s the longest book you’ve ever read?

Requiem for the Author of Frankenstein. Oh gawd, it was TERRIBLE! And I read it anyway!? What was wrong with me?! Seriously – sooo bad. I found it a couple of years ago in a used book store in Mountain View, CA (shout out: Book Buyers – it’s not their fault I picked a crappy book). By long – I do not mean by pages, I’ve read longer, I mean it was the longest book of my life for its craptastic-ness.

Q3: The shortest?

The Hunger Games went by in a flash – see above and reverse meanings.

Q4: If you could interview any author, from any time, who would it be—and what would you ask him/her?

J.R.R. Tolkien and I’d ask him to speak elvish seductively into my ear.

Q5: Do you have a character crush? Do tell.

I would say the guy in 50 Shades except I haven’t read it, so instead I’ll go with this guy.

Q6: Where is your favorite reading spot?

Bed, sofa, lounge chair outside, airplanes, camping spots, and beach sides.

Q7: What’s your favorite book cover?

The leather-bound ones.

Q8: Do you judge people by what they read?

Unabashedly, but only behind their backs.

Q9:  What’s a book you’re embarrassed to admit you enjoyed?

Lauren Conrad’s L.A. Candy series. I know. Judge away.

Q10: If you were stranded on a desert island, and only had the company of two books to read, what would you hope they would be—and why?

  • The Stand by Steven King because I love, love, love it and it’s an amazing tome about good versus evil and long enough to require being stuck on an island.

  • An Edith Wharton anthology because I’m totally cheating and she wrote such gossip-y, great novels. She was a total pioneer in her day, and by pioneer I mean New York socialite.

  • The Lord of the Rings Trilogy because I’ve already proven I’m a cheat, and because it’s all about the journey, not the destination, peeps.


  1. Great to get to meet you Amanda!

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