This is Marlene’s first year as a media clerk at Jim Bridger Elementary, where she works with Jody Noakes.
What books are currently on your nightstand?
Rump, My Fair Gentleman, and Starstruck.
What was the last great book you read?
The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. This may end up being my answer for most of the questions because it was the last book I read. I couldn’t put it down and kept reading all night long.
The last book that made you cry?
The War That Saved My Life. I actually cried and laughed, and then wanted to scream, but in the end it was a great book.
The last book that made you laugh?
This Book Just Ate My Dog. I recently found this in the library and shared it with my Kindergarten and First Grade. It was a good laugh. I haven’t read a lot of picture books in the last few years as my children have all moved on to chapter books.
What kind of reader were you as a child? What childhood books and authors stick with you the most?
I was a horrible reader as a child. I would have rather watched a movie or TV instead of read. In junior high, I picked up a Christopher Pike book called Remember Me. I read that and started reading everything he wrote. I moved on to Mary Higgins Clark for a while when I decided that Christopher Pike became a little too dark for me.
What is the best book you were required to read as a student?
In 9th grade we read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I think we read some in class, but I don’t believe I actually read the book, but watched the movie instead.
What book did you hate reading as a student?
As a Senior, I was on the Accolade staff, a literary magazine at our school. Our teacher tried to get us to read The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. All I remember was that I couldn’t get past the turtle in the road, that is how far I got.
What is your favorite book to recommend to children?
I like to read dystopian fiction, so I end up recommending most of my favorites from that genre. I really like the Shadow Children series by Margaret Peterson Haddix. I also liked the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. Another series I like to recommend is Goose Girl by Shannon Hale. I like to recommend something that they will actually read.
If you could only bring three books to a desert island, which would you pack?
- Les Miserables by Victor Hugo — I’ve always wanted to read this book but other books keep getting in my way.
- Persuasion by Jane Austen — this is my favorite Austen book.
- I can’t pick just one last book. Maybe I can have Amazon ship me a new book every month before I leave. A book in a bottle or by drone!