Meet the Book Seller 2020 - Hanna's Staff Picks
- How long have you worked at Rediscovered Books? 2 years and 4 months
- What 3 books are currently on your bedside table? The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera, The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow, The Degenerates by J. Albert Man
- What genre(s) do you most prefer to read? Sci-fi/Fantasy (Young Adult and Adult), Historical Fiction (YA & Adult), World History, Travel Writing
- What book do you most recommend that everyone should read and why? Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. I adore this book for multiple reasons. It features badass women, has pretty much NO romance, and has the ultimate unreliable narrator. I have reread this book every year since it’s come out and STILL find new details/twists/things to cry about. The friendship between the two main characters is so expertly developed that it feels like we're there every step of the way. Plus the amount of accurate historic detail Wein weaves into the story without it seeming like an info dump is mind boggling (no the MC’s are not real people and no the main French city is not real but the things the MC’s experience is all very possible). It is also what inspired me to write my senior thesis in college on female pilots in World War II, so one could say it has had a very large impact on my life
- What are your hobbies (other than reading)? Traveling, knitting, embroidery, road bike riding, horseback riding
- What do you like best about working at Rediscovered Books? That’s tough to narrow down. I love working with my coworkers - we’re a very eclectic zany bunch so it’s never dull and there is usually lots of laughing. I also love working with local school librarians [I work with them when they place orders with us to stock their libraries] and getting to see what they’re excited to get in kid’s hands helps me get great books in the hands of kids who visit the store. Plus I get to work with books all day and that is a book lovers dream. When I stay up until 2AM reading and come to work the next day and admit that I was up to the wee hours, usually, at least one coworker cops to the same. And when it's pretty much the entire staff who admits to it then we all have a good chuckle. Hard not to love working someplace where this happens on the regular.