In May 2006, Charlotte M. becomes our first profiled Reviewer. In addition to her duties in the Reference Department at the downtown library, Charlotte was a member of the PEARLs team – providing Personalized Reading Lists for BookGuide visitors, while the Lincoln City Libraries offered that reader service. Charlotte is an avid reader with a varied taste in books, Charlotte M.’s reviews are always something to look forward to. Here’s what she has to say about books and reading:
Would you care to share any personal info with our readers — such as where you grew up, what you read as a child, etc.?
“My mother is an avid reader and, through her example, passed that on to me. She read to us each night from an early age; I still have most of my early books. When I was just learning to read she enrolled me in a Book-of-the-Month program that regularly sent an “I Can Read This All By Myself” book in the mail. The first book I remember reading by myself was “Go, Dog, Go” and it remains one of my favorites.
I progressed from Seuss to “Little Black Pony” by Walter Farley along with his Black Stallion series, the Golden Stallion series by Rutherford G. Montgomery, horse books by Marguerite Henry, and the Hardy Boys mysteries. Classic movies influenced my reading as well which is why I read “Spartacus” and “Gone with the Wind” while still in elementary school.
How important are books and reading to you?
Books are very important to me; they teach and entertain, and allow one to forget the world and relax. I listen to books-on-tape while running errands around town, quilting, or doing chores around the house.
How do you select what books to read next?
I have my favorites that I revisit once a year (“On the Night of the Seventh Moon” by Victoria Holt, “Busman’s Honeymoon” by Dorothy L. Sayers, or almost any Ellery Queen, Rex Stout, or Holmes mystery), otherwise I go with my mood.
I enjoy murder mysteries, biographies, and non-fiction. I prefer cozy mysteries and old-style mysteries, not hard-boiled or gory. Several classic science fiction/fantasy titles are also favorites. I prefer series. If I like the characters, I wish to continue that relationship in subsequent stories. I avoid sad books (you won’t find me re-reading “Old Yeller”) or books that make you outraged over injustices – too much of that in the real world, I don’t need to be “entertained” by it.
What do you enjoy about writing book recommendations?
Part of the enjoyment of reading is talking about what you’ve just experienced in the book. Writing reviews or doing book talks allows me to share books and hopefully convince others to read titles that I’ve enjoyed. If there was only one author I could convince people to read, that author would be: Ellery Queen. Well-written, easy-to-read mysteries, fair to the reader with the clues, is a series with several likable characters, not gory or filled with foul language. Takes place in 1930-1950 New York City. Only a few stinkers in the bunch!”
Booklists from Book Talks presented by Charlotte:
The Aunt Dimity Mystery Series (February 2005)
Noteworthy Biographies (June 2007)
Cooking Adoptive Royal Killers (June 2008)
Out-of-Town Tales (August 2009)
Charlotte’s Esoterica (May 2010)
Charlotte’s Reading Selections (2010) (October 2010)
Mostly Biographies…But Some Other Goodies Too (April 2012)
Charlotte’s Eclectic Selections – 2012/13 (May 2013)
Charlotte’s Favorite Reads in 2013 (February 2014)
Scary and Spooky and Weird, Oh My! (and other stuff) (October 2014)
Podcasts that Charlotte participated in:
‘Casting About, Program 31 (January 2009)
‘Casting About, Program 61 (March 2020)
Posted to the BookGuide site in May 2006 | Last updated in April 2020 sdc