“I use this book in my class at IPFW. Students enjoy it; they appreciate its relevance and appreciate his dedication as he goes through life. The book is filled with kindness and generosity as the protagonist goes from an illiterate to a well-rounded successful adult.
“Currently, I'm reading — and enjoying — 'Home.' It's Julie Andrews' autobiography, and so far I've covered her early childhood when her parents divorced and her mother has a new boyfriend. As you can tell, I'm not very far into the book.
“I read everything. I love biographies and history, and think David McCullough's books are great. But I think 'Gone with the Wind' is my favorite. I first read it when I was 14, and it was the only book the librarian let me check out — because it was so long, I guess. And I read it, hating to put it down. It is written on such a grand scale!
“That's a way I love to read. I did that with the Harry Potter books. I picked up the first one on one morning and just kept reading. I've read all seven of the books and seen all the movies. The books are so well-written: the characters and their interaction are so believable. I love the way the author describes her characters.
“I've read a lot of young-adult books when teaching and still do, especially sharing reading with my grandson. He's a Rick Riordan fan. And I've enjoyed all of John Jakes' novels. As I said before, I read everything!”