Jessica Morgan & Heather Cocks
— founders, Go Fug Yourself
; authors, Spoiled
and MessyWhat's your all-time favorite book?
JM: "It is hard for me to pick just one. I read a lot and I reread a lot — I must have read the Harry Potter
series 15 times by now. I guess if I had to pick one singular book that I've read over, and over again, and still love and count as a singular friend, it would be Little Women
. I also love Harriet the Spy
, the Anastasia Krupnik
books, and the aforementioned Harry Potter
. If we're talking books that you wouldn't find on the Young Adult shelf, Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
is one of my very, very favorites."
HC: "I don't deal very well in absolutes! I feel right now the way I used to feel walking into a record store: so overwhelmed by choice that everything flies out of my head and I don't know where to go. Harry Potter
is one of the big mainstream things that's actually earned it — those books back up the hype and then some. So, I unabashedly love those, and whenever I'm sick, that's what I lie in bed and reread. I also reread Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next
series all the time. They're not for everyone, and occasionally they're almost overwhelmingly teeming with ideas to the point where the plot becomes a bit beside the point, but that's not always a bad thing. He's incredibly punny and funny and creative; I have severe imagination envy of him and I pick up something new every time I re-read. And, when I was a kid I devoured all the Enid Blyton boarding-school series, and of course The Famous Five
and The Secret Seven
. She was great at mischievous, clever kids, which I always wanted to be but never quite managed."Which books are on your must-read list that you haven't gotten to yet?
JM: "I am knocking them off this week, actually. I just finished John Green's The Fault In Our Stars
, which was funny and moving and wonderful, and then Gone Girl
, which was funny and brilliant and weird and wonderful, and now I am reading Going Clear
, the Lawrence Wright exposé of Scientology. After that, I am FINALLY going to read Perks Of Being A Wallflower
HC: "I almost never have time to read, which makes me sad. So, when I do read, usually I am on the elliptical and, therefore, need something that doesn't require much focus. I have The Art of Fielding
sitting on my nightstand, along with two non-fiction books, one of which is Operation Mincemeat
about British spies during WWII — they used a corpse armed with false intel to trick the Germans, which sounds deliciously like a combination of Argo
and Weekend at Bernie's
— and the other of which is Sex on the Moon
, about the people who stole moon rocks from a high-tech vault. I am trying not to read any Young Adult right now because we're working on some new stuff and I don't want my head cluttered, or to get book envy, which happens."Describe your completely ideal reading scenario.
JM: "Well, I am a person who once, as a child, used to take her books into the shower. (In my defense, showering is very boring.) So, clearly, I can read basically anywhere, happily. But I am quite fond of the 'curled up on the sofa rainy day read,' as well as the 'tropical beach read.'"
HC: "Yeah, I like gray day/rainy day/snowy day, myself. If I had a comfortable window seat on a day like that, I would be set. I find the beach in theory is a nice place to read, but when I'm actually THERE, I'd rather be focusing on nothing at all, or on the big drink next to me, or splashing around in the water. Give me winter, a giant warm sweater, a mug of something, and a book. I went to high school in Calgary, and two out of the four winters we lived there, our boiler broke. We'd layer up and huddle by the fireplace, buried under anything warm we could find because it was minus 35 outside, and laugh at how insane it was to put on outerwear as preparations for going to bed. But they were cozy times to read, and I look back on them surprisingly fondly considering an interior wall of my house froze."If anyone could write the story of your life, who would you want to be the author?
JM: "I want Judith Krantz to come out of retirement to write mine, because she'll make me much more glamorous, far better dressed, way richer, and in possession of a much more exciting love life."
HC: "I am torn. John Green would make me both funnier and deeper, and thus more intriguing, than I actually am; Roald Dahl would have twisted my life into something deliciously dark and weird and wonderful; and Shel Silverstein could've made such wicked verses about not just me, but the other awesome characters in my life. The poems he could've written about my twins alone... "Photo: Courtesy of Fug Girls; The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon, $13.10, available at Amazon; Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh, $6.29, available at Amazon; Thursday Next: First Among Sequels by Jasper Fforde, $10.37, available at Amazon; Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling, $6.15, available at Amazon.