Beckie Wendorf is a full-time mom, full-time wife and overtime reader. She and her husband John live in Wisconsin. They have three beautiful, intelligent and highly energetic children. She is a nurse with a master’s degree in business and a master’s degree in nursing. Beckie works full time from her home for a multi-national insurance company. John is a senior computer analyst at a manufacturing firm as well as overseeing information technology for our church.
Beckie has been an avid reader for as long as anyone can remember. It must run in the family because both her mother and grandmother are also voracious readers and often pass books back and forth. Almost any genre can spark her interest, but she often goes in streaks reading a bunch of books from one, then switching to another for a while and back again.
SOTP: When did you start reviewing, and what is the first book you remember reviewing?
Beckie: Informally, it was a book I read way back in high school. It was called The Scottish Chiefs by Jane Porter. These were the days before the internet, but I told every friend I could about that book.
SOTP: Have your reading tastes changed since you started reviewing?
Beckie: My reading tastes have expanded since I first started reviewing books. I used to stick pretty tight to the historical fiction genre, but as I have reviewed and read more reviews on books I have expanded out into numerous other genres that I wouldn’t have necessarily approached before. The one that comes most readily to mind is sci-fi and action historical with authors like Stephen Lawhead.
SOTP: What book has surprised you the most in your time reviewing? (Perhaps something you wouldn’t normally have picked up, outside of your comfort genre, etc)
Beckie: Hood by Stephen Lawhead. I still can’t tell you what possessed me to read the book, but it was one that I could not put down once I did.
SOTP: What’s the first book you remember reading? (It still counts if someone else read it to you if you were too young to read!)
Beckie: Ramona and Beezus by Judy Blume
SOTP: If you’re stuck at home on a sick day, what comfort book can you count on to always cheer you up?
Beckie: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
SOTP: If you could only read one book for the rest of your life (I know, the horror!), which book do you think you could read a hundred times without getting bored of it?
Beckie: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas