C-SPL May Reader of the Month

C-SPL May 2023 Reader of the Month

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Meet the C-SPL May Reader of the Month: Angela Kircher!

About Angela:
I am a manager at River Lights Bookstore. My hobbies include reading, learning to cook vegetarian meals, and finding the best chai in town.

A bit of magic, a retelling of fairy tales or mythology, time travel, and stories that transport you to somewhere new are always on my list to read!

Q & A:

Q. What book(s) are you currently reading?
A.  “The House of Eve” by Sadeqa Johnson.

Q. What is the best book you have read within the last year (or ever)?
“Stolen Focus” by Johann Hari, “How High We Go in the Dark” by Sequoia Nagamatsu, and “Hotel Magnifique” by Emily Taylor.

Q. What is your ideal reading environment (location, sound, snacks, etc.)?
Ideally in a quiet place with natural daylight. No snacks – distracting!

Q. What book are you most excited about reading next, and what about it is most exciting?
“Scorched Grace” by Margot Doualhy. The main character is a punk rocker turned nun that is solving mysteries in New Orleans. It’s the first book in a new series and has a great cover.

Q. Have you discovered any exciting new authors or genres?
A. I don’t read much non-fiction but have found some great reads in that genre. “The Barbizon” by Paulina Bren, “How the Word is Passed” by Clint Smith, “The Devil in the White City” by Erik Larson, and “Sapiens” by Yuval Noah Harari.

Q. Have you read any books recently that have changed the way you think about something?
A. “Stolen Focus” by Johann Hari made me hate the ways our phones are now designed to control our attention span and increase our dependency on them.

Q. What is something interesting you learned from a book?
In “The Barbizon” by Paulina Bren I learned that women have been on the verge of personal financial freedom twice in our recent history. In the twenties and in the forties, and both times major historical events prevented women from advancing. Women were gaining footing in the workforce before the stock market crash/great depression and then after World War II but jobs were given to men after both historical events pushing women back into the home.

Q. When do you decide to stop reading a book? In other words, do you read every book to the last page, or is there a moment when you decide to stop?
I will stop reading when I start to think about what the author is trying to do in a book instead of focusing on the story the book is telling me. I used to have a rule that I had to read 50 pages before I could stop, but now I know right away if the way a book is written will be something I like and stop very quickly if it’s not going to be for me.

Q. Do you remember when your love for reading began?
A. I remember reading a lot in high school and that it continued from then.

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