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Five Questions: Books for Breakfast

1. Why do you blog?
I blog for the same reason I write: to remember. In this case, to remember which books I’ve read. With a goal of reading 150 books in 2006, this blog holds me accountable, not only to myself, but to my readers.

2. Which author and/or book has most influenced you?
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was five years old. After reading Mockingbird, I knew I would become a writer, though I can only dream of attaining it’s depth of universal importance. Therefore, I aim low, books that people will try to avoid spilling vodka or suntan oil upon.

3. Which three blogs do you most visit?
Besides John Baker’s Blog, of course, I visit The Emerging
Writers Network
at: (http://www.emergingwriters.typepad.com/). Dan Wickett is the writer’s biggest cheerleader, plus he looks great in a skirt. Only kidding, Dan. I also read Blog of a Bookslut at (http://www.bookslut.com/blog/). It has more book gossip and extraordinary interviews.
To cleanse the palate, I visit Fark.com at least twice a day for “asinine” headlines. Plus, there are hysterical Photoshop contests every day.

4. Why do you read fiction?
I read everything, from the back of my Wheat Thins cracker box to the directions for sugar wax. I read fiction because it tastes of reality, it slips over my lips and reminds me of grandmother’s apple crisp or a friend’s tea.

5. What makes you laugh?
George W. Bush. Sarcasm. When I’m with my children, fart jokes. Idiocy (see “George W. Bush”). Invitations to share my opinions. But mainly, seriousness, whether situations or self-involved people. We are all such specks, really, and if I can’t laugh at myself, I’ll laugh at you.

Kristin Dodge blogs at Books for Breakfast, which can be found here: http://books4breakfast.blogspot.com/

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