The Books That Changed Our Lives – Part 4

Read about the Intrepid English teacher’s tastes in books – what they love and hate, what they’re ashamed not to have read, what they think is over-rated, all is here in our interview!

As November is our 30-day novel writing challenge, I thought it would be interesting to ask the Intrepid English teachers and students about their taste in novels. Here’s what they had to say:

This is the final part of our 4-part series. I thoroughly recommend that you check out part 1, part 2, and part 3 here.

Listen to this blog post on the Intrepid English Podcast here.

What books are on your to-read pile?

Tatiana

Intrepid English Learner

Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Reid; Normal People by Sally Rooney; Literary Landscapes by John Sutherland.

Kim

Intrepid English Teacher

A Path with Wild Heart by Jack Kornfield, Cry of the Kalahari, Mark and Delia Owens. The Untethered Soul, Michael A Singer. Walking with Trees, Glennie Kindred. To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee.

Momo

Intrepid English Learner

I have many piles. There are some under my bed. I have a pile here which are history books. One is about the history of teacups. The cover attracted me to it. It’s a beautiful book and very interesting.

Kate

Intrepid English Teacher

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig, Touching Distance by James Cracknell and Beverley Turner, which is autobiography, On The Plain of Snakes by Paul Theroux, which is a travelogue about travelling the US/Mexican border and East of Eden by John Steinbeck, which is a classic, so quite a mix of genres!

What book are you ashamed not to have read?

Kim

Intrepid English Teacher

To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee. We didn’t read it at school, please don’t judge me. 

If you could take one book to a desert island, which one would it be?

Kate

Intrepid English Teacher

The Dalai Lama’s Cat, or any inspiring autobiography or book about travel.

Maddox

Intrepid English Teacher

If I could take one book to a desert island, I would probably choose a “book” of matches in case it gets cold. Just kidding! I would bring “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe” by Benjamin Alire Sáenz. It’s about the bond that forms between two Mexican-American boys in Texas as they come of age and explore racial identity, sexuality, and family relationships. The prose is beautiful, and I felt completely transported to the starry night sky over the desert in El Paso. I read the whole thing in one day and night, and I cried as much as I laughed. But I’d definitely pace myself a bit better if it was the only book on the island!

Tom G

Intrepid English Teacher

How To Build A Raft? No, that’s too simple a joke. I am going to give you a curve ball. I would bring my own diary, because that’s something I can read, but also something I can write in, so I get double the enjoyment.

What book(s) have you not finished?

Kim

Intrepid English Teacher

Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell and Killing Dragons, Fergus Fleming.

Momo

Intrepid English Learner

Harry Potter, I still haven’t finished it.

Olga

Intrepid English Learner

The Bible.

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