... talking about the point of the class...
Ana: "I think this is very nice. I can get some recommendations from you and I can recommend you something and it's really wonderful. For example, when I was in Stanford, I had also an opportunity to visit a bookstore and to spend some time with some even younger children and read them some books, that's why I was surprised to learn that every fifth child in Serbia doesn't have a picture book and it's really appaling 'cause kids learn some basic things from those picture books.
I love reading some romantic stories to relax when I'm on vacation. i also like true stories, we can learn a lot from them. There are also some inspiring books about the people who had some accident that happened on vacation or on the mountain (
)... It really inspires you.
There's a lot of books I like. One of them is "The Rice Mother" by Rani Manicka. I also liked the trilogy "The girl with the tattoo" (I mean, the full name is "The girl with the dragon tattoo", she made a mistake
Some kid: "Millennium" (the name of the whole trilogy
Ana: "Yes, it's Millennium. Thank you. (smile) Did you read it?"
The kid: "No, my dad did."
Ana: "OK." (laughter)
The interviewer: "He still reads those Sci-Fi books, the fairy tales, he'll read about the girls later."
Ana: "Did you read it? (asks another kid)"
The kid: "No."
Ana: "And you did (talks to kid number 3). I must admit I don't like SciFi, I didn't read ... I couldn't understand
... When I read a book, I'm trying to imagine myself in that situation. I love to create a relationship with the main characters, that's why I don't like seeing a movie based on book I liked. It looks different. Since I was a kid, I compared myself to the characters from the books."
The kid: "May you tell us which one?"
Ana: "There were so many of them. But I remember, among the first ones was Cindarella (smile). I really loved it. I read the biographies of the tennis players. I read the book by Monica Seles. I started playing tennis because of her. I could identify myself with her in some situations.
The books also helped me to assess someone.. to see someone's character, to see how other persons think... to learn that there's always someone else's side of the story. Even if someone acts nervy, maybe it's just a bad day, or maybe something happened that 'caused that attitude ( sweet and naive Baby Anči
).. I have hundreds of books. But they are on different places. It's very difficult to travel with the books. The bags are very heavy. My dad always complains: "Your bags are so heavy." But the books are in there."
The interviewer: "Ana will now gift you the books. And when Ana gifts you a book, don't you dare not to read it. (laughter)