Media Squad Member Jill

When I’m searching for my next great read, I consult all sorts of sources – the library’s Bookpage magazine, Goodreads, other avid readers about what they’re reading and I browse the library shelves. I enjoy all kinds of books: literary fiction with well-drawn characters that tell a great story, like The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert, Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver and A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. I read narrative non-fiction and memoirs to learn more about the world, others and myself. For escapist reading, I choose psychological thrillers. I run the Evening Book Discussion group here at CSCL on Mondays. Join us! More info here.

I’ve always loved reading and writing and always wanted to do something with either one of those. When I was 8, I wanted to be an author. When I was in college, I wanted to be a book editor. After graduation, I wanted to own a bookstore. A part-time job in a small library in West Virginia helped me realize my true calling: I’m a librarian! Being surrounded by books and learning all day, every day is a dream come true.

In a battle between Charles Dickens and William Shakespeare, I’m thinking Shakespeare would win hands down. He has it all – violence, sex, humor and beautiful language!

In terms of other media, I’m hooked on true crime podcasts, Schitt’s Creek and Snowpiercer.