Lynda has just started her sixth year as a media clerk at David Gourley Elementary.
What books are currently on your nightstand?
What was the last great book you read?
Echo by Pamela Muñoz Ryan. That book was the complete package! Loved it. It should have taken the Newbery Medal.
The last book that made you cry?
The Lightning Queen by Laura Resau. Terrific book on how to treat others kindly, especially when they are from a different culture.
The last book that made you laugh?
Guess Again by Mc Barnett, the poetry of Roald Dahl, and the Big Nate series by Lincoln Peirce.
What kind of reader were you as a child? What childhood books and authors stick with you the most?
Avid and voracious! The first books I really fell in love with were Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss and Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. I also loved books by Enid Blyton- The Famous Five series and The Secret Seven series. I pretty much read anything and everything!
What is the best book you were required to read as a student?
At Brigham Young University, I was introduced to American Literature. Growing up in Scotland, I had studied many great British classics, but as an adult I fell in love with Will Cather, William Faulkner, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Robert Frost.
What book did you hate reading as a student?
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. To this day I simply do not understand why it’s considered such a classic of modern literature.
What is your favorite book to recommend to children?
If you could only bring three books to a desert island, which would you pack?
I am going to cheat here!
- A complete set of scriptures- to keep me sane and grounded
- The Complete Works of William Shakespeare– to keep my intellect intact
- The complete Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling- for pure entertainment and escapism