My Librarian: Cheryl

Once upon a time I was a 10-year-old undiagnosed dyslexic who passed along in spide of my first grade reading abilities.  Then along came a superhero in the form of my new stepmom, the librarian.  Within a year I became a voracious reader, my grades improved, and I was banned from the jr. high library (which is another story).

My first loves were stories of independent, amazing kids - My Side of the Mountain, Where the Red Fern Grows, A Wrinkle in Time, and the Chronicles of Narnia.  I was in my late 20s before I even began reading "adult" books.  Now my favorites have expanded to stories of redemption and inspiration.  Sometimes they are fiction, sometimes non-fiction, but they all have themes of hope, progress, and change.  I'm an optimist, after all.

I grew up in Southern California when orange groves still filled Orange County, but after 22 years in Indiana I'm a Hoosier at heart.  I love hiking with my family, my rotten dog Banjo, and being anywhere beautiful.  I also enjoy photography, and can't resist snapping beautiful sunsets, family moments, and... my rotten (but cute) dog Banjo.

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My Top Picks

These are the books that I not only enjoyed but purchased and re-read.  Some are just memorable reads, some inspire, and others helped me through transitions or turning points.  They are listed in no particular order!

Best Book club Reads

Being in a book club has helped me to read books I never, ever would have picked up.  Primetime Book Club is a great group of readers who help me get out of my routine and find new favorites.  This is the tiniest percentage of the wonderful books this category could include.

Management and LEadership

There are a lot of books published in this category and many of them offer nothing more than slogans for successory posters.  These are the ones that I refer back to ofen.  I tend to read these in print so that I can underline and write in the margins.

Going Deeper

These are boos that make me think more deeply, and they are the ones that have stayed with me enough to revisit.  Even when I don't agree with the author, they give me perspective I needed.