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The Reader of the Week is chosen each week, at random, to highlight one of the Summer Reading Contest Participants. Each Reader of the Week is featured on our website and then entered into the Reader of the Week prize drawing at the annual Summer Reading Luncheon.

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Michael Weinfeld , Reader of the Week for August 27th!

Hi fellow readers.  I work in the graduate student affairs office in the Division of Biological Sciences and am taking part in this contest for the first time.  I wasn't really a reader until I was well into college (Tom Robbins' Jitterbug Perfume flicked the switch) but I've been a regular and consistent, if not quite constant, one since then.  And, I suppose like all of you, I'm glad to have the opportunity to get rewarded (thanks for the pen and frisbee) for something I do already.  It's also nice to see what other people are reading.


How do you choose the books you read?

Typically, I'll ask my wife what's good or I'll scan the bookshelves at home to see what I haven't read yet. I also get ideas about books or authors from reviews in the New York Times or short fiction I've read in magazines.  Then there are always word of mouth recommendations and eye catching titles.

Do you have a favorite genre?

Basically, I read generic contemporary fiction-literature.  I do favor short fiction, but I suppose that's not properly a genre.

What is your favorite book?

I could never pick just one.  Please indulge me as I name the three that are coming to mind right now. The first is T.C. Boyle's short story collection Stories. This is a WOW book. Each story more inventive and interesting than the previous one.  It's the epitome of creative writing.  Next is William H. Gass' The Tunnel, a work of incredible ambition and complexity. An extremely challenging read, but well worth it.  Lastly is J.D. Salinger's Nine Stories . He really demonstrates his fantastic ear for dialogue and sensitivity to the human condition and our inner lives.

Where do you do your reading?
Wherever I can.  Mostly during my vanpool and in bed before falling asleep.



Sandy Barber, Reader of the Week for August 20th

I love the summer reading contest!  I usually have a traditional book and a book on tape or CD going at the same time.  It was a wonderful way to relax, enjoy and expand my horizons this summer while my broken foot healed.  I work in the Student Affairs office at the School of Medicine and my recommendation for every faculty and staff member  – next summer don’t miss this experience!

How do you choose the books you read?

I began by looking up two or three “Best 100 Books of All Time” lists and looked for books that I’d missed along the way.  The lighter reading usually came from the library.

Do you have a favorite genre?

It goes in cycles.  I like all kinds. At the moment it is historical novels.

What is your favorite book?

My favorite book from this summer was “Leaves of Grass” by Walt Whitman. Other favorites are usually the one I’m reading at the time.  Right now it is the final Harry Potter and Bernard Cornwell’s “Rebel”.

Where do you do your reading?

I listen to a large number of books in the car. Other books – everywhere, especially before bed, as I find it relaxing.

 


Andrew Tess, Reader of the Week for August 13th!

Hello all, this is my first Summer doing the reading contest. I have joined a competitive team, reading on average 5+ books. I work at the Rady School at the IT Help Desk and have been here for about a year. Before that I was a student at UCSD. I really am not finding any reasons to leave San Diego, except on vacation. I have had a blast reading this summer and am looking forward to next summer to get through another backlog of books.

How do you choose the books you read?

At first I went to CLICS, now I go by what other people are recommending.


Do you have a favorite genre?

I like scifi/fanatasy, but am on a cyberpunk binge now.


What is your favorite book?

So far I really like Frank Herbert's Dune, and the whole series for that matter.


Where do you do your reading?

At home on the couch or on the floor.

 


Becky Creekmur, Reader of the Week for August 6th

How do you choose the books you read?

Usually recommendations from friends or just going to certain sections of book stores and just choosing a book from that area and trying it out.

Do you have a favorite genre?

I read a lot of fantasy books as well as books on the Holocaust.

What is your favorite book?

That is probably the toughest question because I really like all of my books but I guess I have decided that my favorite book is Love Story by Erich Segal.

Where do you do your reading?

Anywhere I can. Buses, my breaks, in bed, but I guess my favorite place to read is right next to someone else who is reading.

 


Scott Parish, Reader of the Week for July 30th

How do you choose the books you read?

If my divining rod isn't working, I use favorite authors, friend recommendations, instinct, blind luck and social web sites. shelfari is a good one, as is amazon.

Do you have a favorite genre?

Books that don't suck. ha ha, just kidding. Right now i'm really into scifi and cyberpunk, but my tastes vary widely.

What is your favorite book?

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (giant donuts and pea soup fog—brilliant!)

Where do you do your reading?

I tried to read in between waves on my surfboard but the books kept getting soggy. so I usually stick to the couch and the bed, where I can easily transition into another of my favorite activities, sleeping. i also love reading outdoors.

 
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