Did you read much during your teenage years?
Is there a book you remember fondly from that time? A book that influenced you? If so, what do you remember about and/or how did it influence you?
The book ‘Tess of the D’urbervilles’ inspired me to read more classics and gave me an interest in history. I found it interesting to compare my own teenage years to the main characters.
What school novel did you least like having it read?
Lord of the Flies, I thought it was just an awful awful book.
Is there a teacher or person that brought books to life for you as a kid?
When I was a little kid my mom would read and do different voices. She really brought the books to life. But when I was a teenager, it was my history teacher that inspired me. At the beginning of every class he would tell us [the class] a funny anecdote that related somehow to what we would be doing in class. His passion also made it real, and made history interesting. He’s the one that recommended I read ‘Tess of the D’urbervilles.’
What do you like reading as an adult?
I like a good meaty drama, one with a rich story, biographies, sometimes crime but I don’t like murder. I’m also in a book club.
If I caught you reading by surprise, what would I most likely find you reading? Magazines, emails, newspapers, novels, blogs, text messages?
Probably a Drama, I can just lose myself in a book and get so engrossed in the story. I sometimes find myself reading until 2 am on a school night, “if the book is good.”
Is there a book that stands out in your mind?
The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns. They were disturbing but great. It was sad to read how that was still happening in those places today. The Secret Daughter also comes to mind but I don’t want to spoil anything.
Do you have a book recommendation for students or staff?
The Soldier’s Wife.