Sophie Kerr Scholars Read

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November 01, 2013
The Sophie Kerr Scholarship is awarded to three students every year and this batch of students shared their favorite books with us.

You may have heard or seen the ALA (American Library Association) celebrity READ posters. They are designed to promote reading by having famous people pose for a poster with a copy of either their favorite book or a book whose characters they have played in a film. Such as Orlando Bloom and The Lord of the Rings or Salma Hayek and Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo.

We thought it would be fun to ask the Sophie Kerr Scholars what their favorite books are and featured them in our very own READ poster.

Samantha Gross

It’s Up a Road Slowly by Irene Hunt. When I think of my favorite book, I tend to lean towards ones that make me feel at home, and that is exactly what this book does for me. It’s an incredibly simple story, but Hunt is probably one of my favorite writers, and her descriptions of characters and of coming-of-age in this novel are incredible. Every time I return to read this novel, it acts like a hot cup of tea or one of those fuzzy blankets.


Alex Stinton

My favorite book at the moment is Stepping Stones, a series of interviews between Dennis O’Driscoll and the late Seamus Heaney.  O’Driscoll seems to ask all the questions I’d want to ask Heaney, and thus the conversation flows from William Carlos Williams to the World Wide Web: a great complement to the man’s lifework.


Shannon Kirby

My favorite book is Reading in the Dark by Seamus Deane. The book is a coming of age story that explores the family dynamic and the idea that history is well alive in Irish culture.


Catalina Righter

My favorite book is Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, because no other book or series of books has come quite as alive for me in terms of the characters.  (spoiler alert) The Half blood Prince contains the death of Dumbledore, which was one of the strongest moments of emotion I have ever felt in fiction. It also marks a turning point into adulthood for Harry, which  is very poignant for someone newly into college such as myself. My second favorite book, Which is Dangerous Angels by Francesca Lia Block.


Lillian Starr

My favorite book is The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway, mostly because it is a story of love without being a love story. The book is essentially a study of all kinds of love, while still remaining realistic and non-stereotypical.

Last modified on Jan. 20th, 2014 at 4:20pm by Owen Bailey.