Margaux DePue vs. Otto Von Bismarck: Summer Reading Smackdown
This is a feature in which two reading experts, our own Margaux DePue and Otto von Bismarck, the one time chancellor of a Germany unified by his own wily hand, vie with each other in the selection of summer reading suggestions.
KB: Our Round One question is... What is your top summer reading pick among the books published this summer?
Margaux: Well, for a paperback release I've been reading The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane. I've always found the history of witchcraft to be very interesting. Also, many of the characters remind me of people who are close to me, professors and friends of my own. I really couldn't put it down!
Otto: I never read books published after the year I died. Nothing good has happened since then.
KB: I see. Well Round One goes to Margaux. Our Round Two question is... What is your top summer reading pick for kids this summer?
Margaux: The Knife of Never Letting Go is a phenomenal one. It's an action packed story about the conflicted teenage boy Todd and his dog Manchee living in a town where all conscious thought can be heard by everyone around you. There are some fantastic villains! This is a novel that will make you want to jump right in and join Todd.
Otto: I would choose my own memoirs, Bismarck, the man and the statesman; being the reflections and reminiscences of Otto, Prince von Bismarck. It is just the sort of book which young people find instructive.
KB: I see. Well Round Two also goes to Margaux. Our final question is... What is your top summer reading book of all time?
Margaux: I would have to say. This is a hard one. Definitely Angel's Game. Zafon is a brilliant author and anything he writes turns to gold.
Otto: I'm going to pick The Count of Monte Cristo. If the good example of Edmund Dantes doesn't inspire and entertain you, well then you might as well stay in the grave!
KB: Well, Round Three is a draw, and our final score is Margaux 3 - Otto 1. An excellent match. Thank you both.