Bekki is one of my best friends and MOST FAVORITE PEOPLE. (As a note, I was typing too quickly and initially put in “fiends,” and while she will likely find that funny, it is not at all accurate.)
She started blogging in April 2007, because ”my good friend Lindsey kept saying `You MUST!’ and finally I believed her. I miss Vox, and the community there.”
While she is not as active as she used to be (Bekki is uber-busy all the time), she still enjoys blogging.
“Best part about blogging is the community that you create around you. I’ve made many friends and had great conversations with people over the years. I appreciate that so very much. I’m an extreme extrovert, and I often process things externally. I think them through by talking them over with friends. Blogging to me is another way of doing that. I can process, and have a discussion. The worst parts are twofold. i) I live in the boonies, and have no interwebs at my house so I don’t get to do it as much as I’d like and ii)when people won’t have a conversation, instead the yell their opinion at you.”
She has a hard time narrowing down her mandatory book.
“I try to get everyone to start reading Terry Pratchett’s discworld series. Currently, though, I’ve been telling everyone to read `The Sparrow’ by Mary Doria Russell. That being said, I think I can’t just say one book. I know that not everything will appeal to everyone, so I try to find something that will engage and challenge everyone I know. That often is unique to each person. I’ve given away more copies of `Blue Like Jazz’ by Donald Miller than I have anything else. I bought that book over 16 times, and still don’t have my own in my possession. I like it because I think Miller’s honesty undoes peoples walls, self-protections and boundaries, and then you can have a real conversation about life and faith where we’re all raw and real. I like those kinds of conversations. They’re so much more intimate and precious.”
Likewise, it’s hard to list favorite books and authors.
“I find it SO tough to do this. Because it’s so much more faceted than just ‘these are the best’. I mean, best what? For instance, lets look at spiritual books. When I want to deepen my faith, the best is Dallas Willard, if I want to push the boundaries, Brian Mclaren, the best to identify with and then be encouraged by is Donald Miller. The best alternative to church is Shane Claiborne. None of these is the best, but all of them are the best for a moment, or a genre, or a direction. Fiction is the same for me. I need to be intrigued, and challenged, and deepend, and yet have some simple, easy thrills. Every once in a blue moon I even need romance. So. best? Hmm. I’ll kind of tweak this and give my twist on things I’ve read in the last year: Best use of imagination, lore and mythology: Neil Gaiman in American Gods. Most haunting, taught, lovely, original, wrestle with faith in the form of a novel: Mary Doria Russel in The Sparrow. Best laugh out loud twist on drinking, fighting, stealing scotsmen and witches: Terry Pratchett’s Tiffany Aching discworld subset – Wee Free Men, Hat Full of Sky, Wintersmith, I Shall wear Midnight. Best true story of a woman who defied all odds, took on a dictator and won an Nobel Peace Prize : Leemah Gwobee and Mighty be our Powers. Best childhood book that I revisited as an adult and am so amused by : A.A. Milne and Winnie the Pooh. (especially as someone who is part Brit. This book is full of laugh out loud amusement).”
For Bekki, 2012 is the year of the sequel: “Gregory Maguire has a new one out in the Wicked series. Divergent’s sequel, the new Terry Pratchett, the sequels to the Sparrow, Delirium, Across the Universe, Clockwork Prince, City of Angels… etc. So many sequels. Truth is I have a stack of books just waiting for me because I had no time to read books for pleasure during the last school semester. I’m just excited that reading can re-enter my world again.”
Bekki ALSO has Ready Player One waiting for her, so I hope that moves to the top of the stack.
She doesn’t have a favorite reading genre. It’s actually easier for her to say what she doesn’t like.
“I don’t have a favorite genre. I pretty much only avoid westerns. Paranormal has to work to get me, but I’m not opposed to it. Truth is, I’m so ADD that I have to have several genres going at once, so that I can read what I’m in the mood for. I’m so tickled I got a Kindle Fire as a graduation present, because it will cut down on the weight of my purses. I’ve been known to have upwards of 6 different books going at any given time. Mostly they’re all different genres.”
Not surprisingly, the author she’d most like to interview is Terry Pratchett, “because he has such an ironic and yet passionate way of looking at the world. Also, he’s got early onset Alzheimers, and I’d love to speak with him before he’s not there any more.”
Bekki’s also a huge movie fan. She has movie marathons that can put mine to shame, and she’s one of only a few people who can say that.
“I do have some favorite actors and actresses. Idris Elba is way high on my list at the moment. His turn as DI Luther, and his role on The Big C have only heightened my appreciation for him. Daniel Craig is climbing my radar. Michael Fassbender is proving very versatile and talented, Alan Rickman, always, and James Macavoy had my heart since Becoming Jane. Far and away, though, is my deep love of the former Dr. Who, David Tennant. I will also always have a sly appreciation for Kevin Spacey. Actresses, hmmm. Natalie Portman, Audrey Tatou, Maggie Smith, and Helena Bohnam Carter all impress me either with their morphability, or brilliant character acting. My favorite movie always changes, but often the following can be found in the top five: (in no particular order) Fight Club, The Fountain, A Room with a View, Dogma, The Princess Bride and Best in Show.” (Yes, there are actually six.)
Thanks, Bekki! :)