Five Books I Love (Kathy Edition)
October 04, 2010
My name is Kathy, and I’ve worked for Mid-Continent for 25 years. I can truly say that time flies when you’re having fun! Here are five books I love: two all-time favorites, and three that I’ve read and enjoyed more recently.
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Never before had I been so completely immersed in a different time and place than when I read this book for the first time as a teenager. Scarlett O’Hara’s experiences before, during, and after the Civil War cast such a spell over me that my mother had trouble getting me to put the book down to do my chores!
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
In the Deep South of the 1930’s, lawyer Atticus Finch accepts a case which requires him to stand up for what is right against all odds. Racial inequality, coming of age, courage, and compassion are all components of this very fine novel, which has had a profound effect on my life.
The Know-It-All by A.J. Jacobs
A book about a guy who decides to read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica? How interesting can that be? The answer: very interesting and funny. Jacobs chronicles his quest, throwing in tidbits about his personal life and highlighting certain odd and interesting facts, all the while making it a hilarious read.
The Horse Boy by Rupert Isaacson
This is an autobiographical book about Isaacson’s search for healing for his autistic son, Rowan. The author, a horseman, notices that horses have a calming effect on Rowan, whose frequent tantrums and other autistic behaviors are taking a toll on himself and his parents. This leads the family to visit the land where man first rode horses, Mongolia, and to seek help from the shamans who reside there.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
In a futuristic America, now called Panem, sixteen-year-old Katniss must fight to the death in order to win the hunger games. I’ve noticed that as I age and become more jaded, I rarely have that “can’t put it down” experience with books. Guess what? This series has brought that feeling back! On to Catching Fire…
Lone Jack Branch