For this installment of Booklist Readers, we look to Annie Bostrom, our associate editor of Adult Books, who began her Booklist career as an intern in 2008. She then worked in both editorial and marketing before earning her MLIS from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee in 2015. She rejoined the Adult Books team in 2016, where she gets to work with books, and the freelancers who read them, every day. Like many of her esteemed Booklist colleagues, she is a cat person. You can follow her on Twitter at @Booklist_Annie.
What are you an expert on?
Junk food, specifically candy. It’s sad, but this is really the first thing I thought of. Twizzlers vs. Sour Patch Kids? Which soft-serve ice cream purveyor reigns supreme? Let’s go deep on these burning, delicious debates.
What’s your least-favorite thing to do?
I hate making ice. You fill the trays and water splashes all over, then you have to walk back to the fridge as if on a tightrope and still water inevitably spills. It’s the worst; I just won’t do it. (Luckily I also enjoy room-temperature beverages.)
What’s the first book that made an impression on you?
I was lucky to have lots of books growing up. I remember reading (or, much more likely, being read) this one about frogs going on vacation and finding the illustrations very pleasant. There was a swimming pool that was quite cute. Then I forgot about that book. I came across it again recently, opened it up, and it was like a time machine to the youngest self I can remember.
If you could resurrect one dead author so that he or she could write about the current political climate/technology/world events, whom would you resurrect and why?
When I learned David Rakoff had died, I surprised myself by immediately crying. (We weren’t actually friends.) I soothed myself with the thought of his books and radio recordings (that voice!), here to stay. I’m certain he’d find endless new material even from the relatively short time since his death, and he’d make me laugh and feel things about it.