Check it Out! Sedona Public Library Autumn 2015 | Page 6

on the shelf ...with Cheryl Yeatts, Manager of SPL in the Village, and Katherine Merlino, Materials Management Coordinator What books are on your nightstand or tablet? Cheryl: BiblioTECH: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google by John Palfrey. Tracks by Robyn Davidson (on my tablet). Katherine: Circling the Sun by Paula McLain and At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen. Two cookbooks: A Bird in Hand: Chicken Recipes for Every Day, and a vegetarian cookbook called A Modern Way to Eat. Also, Reiki News and Spirituality and Health magazines. What genres do you prefer reading? Which do you avoid? Cheryl: I usually select mysteries and historical fiction. I also enjoy reading nonfiction, especially if someone has recommended a book. Science fiction and fantasy don’t appeal to me. Katherine: Historical fiction is my favorite, especially if there is a mystery or a haunting involved. I sometimes judge a book by its cover: if it features an interesting location, a female character, and some flowers I am likely to give it a try. I avoid science fiction unless it involves time travel into the past, which I guess is consistent with my love of historical fiction. Are there any books you’ve returned to again and again? Cheryl: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather, The Prophet by Khalil Gibran, Georgia O’Keeffe: Art and Letters by Jack Cowart and Juan Hamilton. Katherine: Range of Motion and Talk Before Sleep by Elizabeth Berg (I actually shared a cheesecake with her!). Both are 6 beautifully touching books that involve interactions between people facing devastating circumstances (brain trauma and breast cancer), but the charm of these books is that you unexpectedly leave the story feeling uplifted. Who is your favorite writer of all time? Cheryl: That is a tough question because I am a voracious reader. At this time, I would have to go with Diana Gabaldon. I am currently re-reading the Outlander series. I had the opportunity to see her in person, so maybe that’s why I am such a huge fan. Katherine: Looking at the books I own, it has to be Barbara Kingsolver. We share an interest in nature (having both majored in biology in college), and I appreciate how her love of the natural world is woven into her novels. I also enjoy her nonfiction writing, such as Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and Small Wonder. Who’s your favorite fictional character? Cheryl: I like Mitch Rapp, the protagonist in the series of novels written by Vince Flynn. He is not someone I want to emulate, but he gets the job done by any means necessary. Katherine: I can’t say that I have a favorite character. I enjoy reading about strong, independent women who have wonderful adventures and overcome the obstacles that life presents them. Are there any books you regret having read? Cheryl: Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James, Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. Katherine: The Ruins by Scott Smith. It was an odd experience to be disturbed by the plot but at the same time not be able to put the book down. It involved college students who were visiting ancient Mayan ruins only to be entrapped and ultimately check it out > Cheryl and Katherine killed by carnivorous vines, one by one, until none were left. I guess the writing must have been good enough to keep me reading. How do you decide what to read next? Cheryl: I subscribe to the monthly newsletter from Goodreads. I also use the online database called NoveList Plus. Another good source for reading recommendations is BookPage, a free monthly magazine available at the Library. Katherine: As head cataloger, the new titles come