Editor's note: This week's Page Turner reader interview is with Amanda Schaller, an exercise physiologist with Lutheran Medical Group.
“I have a 4-year-old boy and a 7-month-old girl running and rolling around, so I'm not reading as much as I usually do. I am currently reading, however, 'Smash Cat,' written by Sandra Brown. It's a murder mystery – and I am a huge fan of murder mysteries. This one I borrowed from a friend. It's about family rivalries and fighting over money. I haven't figured it out yet.
“I am a rereader and just reread 'Catching Fire,' the second in 'The Hunger Games' series. I wanted to read it again before seeing the movie. Then I saw the movie - the Sunday it opened. It is just like the book. Some movies don't stay true to the books they're based on, but this one does to a tee.
“I have read all five of the 'Game of Thrones' books and am waiting for No. 6. This is a series I truly enjoy. The author is George R. R. Martin and the books are well researched. They are set in medieval times, with sword fighting, chopping off heads and all. The books get longer as they go and I could read them for hours if I had the time. We've had pajama parties watching the series on HBO. I keep looking for No. 6 but so far I haven't seen any announcements about it. I'll be right there to buy it, there is no doubt!
“Harlan Coben is another author all of whose books I've read. I love his style of writing; there's some fun in it as well as murder mysteries. My dad and I usually recommend to each other. Mom and Dad – in fact, all of us – go to the Georgetown branch library. It has a very nice kids section: my 4-year-old loves it and tries to read to the baby. He loves to read, rather do that than anything, and he loves anything to do with dinosaurs. A favorite book is 'Goodnight Goon.' And my baby girl likes to 'read' before bed - safe, crunchy books. And she has a great big brother. We think you can never start reading too early.
“My all-time favorite is 'The Velveteen Rabbit.' And I also still love Maurice Sendak's books, especially 'Where the Wild Things Are.' I like anything he wrote and drew. He is so imaginative. One more book we all enjoy: it's 'Howliday Inn,' by James Howe. It's about a vampire bunny who sucks all the juice out of veggies, so a cat and a dog are hunting the rabbit...
“I could go on for another two hours.”