Harriet Klausner, was chosen the number one reader in the entire
USA by BOOK Magazine. What does that mean to you? She reads constantly
and knows what's out there and wants to let you know, too. Read
on for tips to great books from the wonder reader Harriet Klausner.
Check her new column in FMAM's hardcopy magazine entitled "Murder-Go-Round
by Harriet Klausner."
I was born in the Bronx where I obtained a Masters in Library Science.
My thesis topic was the Impact of Science Fiction Reading by High
School Seniors on Standardized Reading Scores. I met my spouse Stan
when he read my palm in a Bronx outdoor cafe.
After being married for seven months, we moved to
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania where I worked in the local bookstore.
Our only child was born just outside the city on the same day as
the Three Mile Island "meltdown" began. A few months later,
we moved to Massachusetts where I worked in a small used book store
that catered to fans of horror and science fiction. Ultimately we
moved to Georgia where we currently live.
There I have worked with the library and found an
acquisition job in a bookstore. I also started my book reviewing
career here. I have always been a big fan of fiction. My favorite
books span most genres. I enjoy a heated romance, especially written
by the Sandras - Chastain and Brown. I love science fiction and
fantasy when the realm feels real. Horror is entertaining to me
when the vampires seem as if they are another living (dead?) species.
Koontz remains my king.
However, I particularly take pleasure from almost
all the sub-genres of mystery to include comic books starring Batman
and Ms. Tree. I do not enjoy non-fiction, especially biographies
(Boring) or most westerns. Being a hyper-speed-reader (as my husband
calls me), I sometimes read two-three novels in a day. I enjoy writing
a short synopsis of what I read and evaluate the tale. I take immense
pleasure telling other readers about newcomers or unknown authors
who have written superb novels. Finally, my husband has told me
that my epitaph will read "Give me literature or give me death."