This month Readerís Club honors Jessica, a library assistant at University City Regional Library. She is an avid reader and has reviewed fiction and non-fiction titles for both adults and teens. Here is what she has to share with us:
"I love reading, and one of my favorite memories is of me, my younger sister and my mom watching Reading Rainbow and following along in the book when the show featured Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe. To this day that is my favorite children's book. My mother kept books around and she always took us to the library and really enforced the power of literacy and education. So because of her influence as children you could probably always find my sister and I in a corner somewhere reading the same book and talking to each other and laughing about it. We were the ones who never went anywhere without at least one book and if it was a long trip then we probably had a whole bag.
During college I put off reading until the summers because I would read an entire book instead of say...studying for my Chemistry midterm. This actually happened; I nearly had to repeat a class just because I spent a whole night reading The White by Deborah Larson. I was so happy when I graduated because then I would have unlimited reading time! Yeah, right.
I tend to read a lot of young adult fiction - especially, dystopian, zombie, and steampunk fiction. I also love chick lit like Meg Cabot's books, historical fiction from Michelle Moran and just about anything nonfiction about the state of black marriage in America. My absolute favorite book of all time is Kindred by Octavia Butler because it combines a little sci fi with a historical fiction and a dash of romance.
Working at the library, I have had the opportunity to get out of my comfort zone and read more science fiction, romance, action and books from other genres because of the great recommendations of my co-workers. Thanks to them I am never without a great to read list. Now, if only I enough time to read everything on my to-read list!"