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Staff Picks and Q&A about Read Ahead: Megan

Aug 15, 2018 Random Notes

Who better to give book recommendations than the bookish experts? Penguin Random House employees are sharing their favorite reads every month. Browse below!

Megan, Assistant Editor, Audio

Megan is the friend who’s reading a book when you show up to dinner and recommends no less than six others over the course of your meal. If you can’t find her in a book or at a restaurant, she’s likely listening to a podcast on her commute or up in the air en route to her next trip.

The Underground Girls of Kabul by Jenny Nordberg

The Underground Girls of Kabul

By Jenny Nordberg

This is an eye-opening and all-encompassing look at an unspoken yet widespread custom in Afghanistan in which families temporarily raise girls as boys. I couldn’t stop thinking or talking about it! Read more >

The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O'Neill

The Lonely Hearts Hotel

By Heather O'Neill

A delightful love story, I prolonged finishing this book because I didn’t want to give up my time with these characters or the seedy, darkly magical, Prohibition-era Montreal in which they live.
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Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

Jane Steele

By Lyndsay Faye

A dark and twisted take on Jane Eyre, the writing and the characters are clever, brilliant, and endlessly wicked. Read more >

Megan is also a member of Read Ahead’s Junior Board and has been a volunteer for four years. Read Ahead is a charitable organization that matches mentors with children to foster a love for reading and promotes literacy. Read below for Megan’s interview about her volunteer work!

RA: What is the most rewarding part of volunteering with Read Ahead?
MM: The most rewarding part of my experiences volunteering have been with my student, Yetzibeth. She brings so much excitement and enthusiasm to every kind of book that we read together. We’ve read books that range from Barbie princesses to non-fiction books about bees. It’s incredible to see her excitement grow with each session – she is just so imaginative. When we start to get into a book she really likes, she can’t wait to turn the page and see what’s next. I learn as much, if not more, from her than she does from me.

RA: How has your relationship with her grown?
MM: We understand each other more as we continue to get to know each other. We aren’t just reading together the whole time. When we first started she would come in and we would sit down and read together, but as we’ve gotten to know each other we’ve become a lot more comfortable, spending more time talking and learning about each other.

RA: Is there a book you’ve read together that has been particularly successful?
MM: She has such a range of interests – we’re always reading about something new. One book that she really loved was “The Day The Crayons Quit” by Drew Daywalt – it really is a great story and she was so excited by it.

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