Christina talks to us about her dream library, why she canâ€™t get behind an e-reader, and why books make her so gloriously happy.
What makes Christina happy? You may have guessed it: Books. In fact, she describes them as an obsession and fetish. Christina owns a to be read pile, collects first editions and reads practically anything she can get her hands onâ€”although she admits this is making her run out of room in her house.
Christina credits her love for books to her mother who was very conscious of reading to Christina and her siblings growing up. Consequently, they all love books now in a Belle from Beauty and the Beast type of way. (No seriously. Remember the library in the movie? Thatâ€™s Christinaâ€™s dream library.)
What about books specifically makes Christina happy? She loves the stories, the language, the magic, the new worlds and new ideas they open her up to. She loves it when books are smart and tackle social issues in a new way thatâ€™s relevant to our society. She loves the history, details,the facts but especially stories about escape and adventure.
Despite her absolute love of books, Christina doesnâ€™t discriminate other types of media. In fact she loves television and music, which she also gravitates towards. Rather than listening to generic pop music, which she admits she occasionally listens to, she prefers strong, poetic lyrics. What is called purple language.
So why the written word? Why not just be into language? Itâ€™s because Christina loves fiction. Particularly the creativity in something coming out of someoneâ€™s head that is completely new. This is probably why she isnâ€™t into biographies or stories that have been told beforeâ€”the usual love stories (She does enjoy romance every once in awhile when itâ€™s subtle). Christina will also pick up stories that everyone is reading, just to see where they go. Mostly, however, sheâ€™s into new ways of looking at the world, marginalized voices and something interesting or different. These things help her to escape while sheâ€™s reading but also help her learn and incorporate new thoughts into her life.
Given Christinaâ€™s line of work, reading is technically a part of her job. There are books she reads for work and books she reads for pleasure. Either way, she gets a lot of joy out of the process and makes her feel like sheâ€™s getting away with murder.
One very important thing to know about Christina: she never takes notes inside a book. Notebooks or sticky notes only. She needs to keep them in pristine condition and doesnâ€™t dog tag the edges, either. While she doesnâ€™t have any kids, she would like to think she can pass on books in amazing condition if the time comes.
That all just goes to show the importance of physical books in her life. Christina canâ€™t get into a book behind a screen. While she has tried it before, she likes the smell and feel of physical books, the typography and illustration. This isnâ€™t to say she is completely against e-readers. In fact, she just cares to know people are reading in general. So if a screen is your thing, Christina says â€œGo for it!â€. As long as youâ€™re reading, thatâ€™s all that matters.
What else is on Christinaâ€™s happy list? Her mom, the color black, candles, a record playing and her boyfriend, Jorge. You can catch up with more of Christina on her companyâ€™s website, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr.
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