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Otis Library Asks:
Book reviews and best sellers lists are all well and good, but sometimes the best books are those you hear about from word of mouth. With that in mind, the Otis Library asks “What are you reading?” Add their recommendations to your own reading list! Remember to ask at the Information Desk if you need help locating one of these books.
Our reader this month is:
My parents have always instilled a love of reading to my sister and I. When I was a toddler, I wouldn’t go to sleep until I heard The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper read to me at least ten times! During summer vacations, my family and I visited the library weekly and I always came out carrying an armful of books. I went to the library so regularly that the staff knew my favorite authors and knew to tell me when a new Elizabeth Peters book was in.
Since I was such a voracious reader, it wasn’t long before I read most every book in the children’s and young adult section. As a teenager, I ventured into the adult section where I met Jane Austen and my love affair with her books began. After reading each of her six books at least half a dozen times, it may come as no surprise that my favorite is Pride and Prejudice, not specifically for the romance, but the fact that Jane Austen wasn’t afraid to break the mold with her female characters and I want to be Lizzy Bennet’s best friend.
Currently, I am delving into the world of middle earth in J.R.R. Tolkein’s The Hobbit after receiving ridicule from my friends for not reading it yet and my love of Peter Jackson’s movie adaptations. Despite the fact that it is written for children, I like the whimsical prose and fast paced plot. Beyond a doubt my favorite character is Bilbo because I would want to be back in my armchair with tea over the fire instead of almost being devoured by trolls too! I admire Thorin’s courage and perseverance on their quest, but I also like it when Gandelf scolds him a few times for being unreasonable and always gets the group out of difficult situations. My favorite scene in the whole book is Bilbo and Gollum’s riddle game and seeing how Bilbo first obtains the ring. Despite knowing the ending to the book, I’m looking forward to the final movie adaption!