Our featured Reviewer for May 2007 is Corey G. Corey has worked for the libraries in a number of different branches and in several different departments, for over 5 years, and regularly contributes reviews for our Staff Recommendations displays and for the BookGuide web site. Corey is the libraries' resident Star Wars expert - see him as a Jedi Knight at right! Reading has been a part of his life since childhood, as he indicates in his answers to our questions about books and reading:
Would you care to share any personal info with our readers -- such as where you grew up, what you read as a child, etc.?
I was born in St. Paul, Nebraska then moved to Aurora, Nebraska during my junior high years. I think of Aurora as where I'm from. I guess Lincoln is as close to my "hometown" as anyplace else, given my nomadic habits during the first thirty years of my life. As a child, I mostly read Dr. Seuss books and Garfield books and the odd book or two I happened across.
How long have you been an active reader, and were there any particular books or authors or other people that "made you a reader"?
I've been reading something or another since my childhood. Usually it was comic books, picture books and other books with illustrations. The first book that wowed me was "The Day the Sea Rolled Back" by Mickey Spillane. I read it and re-read it several times during the summer between 6th and 7th grade. I never did become a regular library user until late during my college days. But, that book did inspire me to visit the school media center every so often and see what might be "fun" to read.
How important are books and reading to you?
Very. There's something extremely satisfying in a visceral way about sitting down with a book and reading the old-fashioned way. Books on tape and CD are cool and all and I read quite a bit on the computer (as well as more than a little video gaming). But, there's nothing quite like a book.
How do you select what books to read next?
I'm a big Star Wars fan, so I'm always on the lookout for new books set in a galaxy far, far away. I also have a number of favorite authors I periodically check up on and see what new books they've written. Occassionally, I venture out and read a book recommended by a friend or colleague. Or, every so often, a book catches my eye and I give it a read.
What do you enjoy about writing book recommendations?
It helps me remember the book much better.
If there was only one author you could convince people to read, that author would be:
Wow. There's quite a few authors I'd recommend people read. I guess the first one on my list would be Robert Cormier. I don't know what to say about Cormier that someone else already hasn't. All I can think of is that every one of his books has completely wowed me and not many authors can that for me. Maybe I just haven't read the clunkers among his work. Or maybe Cormier is every inch as awesome an author as I think he is.
Booklists from Book Talks presented by Corey:
Bloody Good Reading...Vampire Fiction [September 2005]
A Taste of Chicago [January 2006]
A Long Time Ago...A Star Wars Book Chat [May 2008]
Podcasts that Corey participated in:
'Casting About, Program 24, Part 1 [November 2008]
'Casting About, Program 24, Part 2 [November 2008]
Posted to the BookGuide site in May 2007