Student Reader of the Month for September

Natalija. . . . .year 11

How often do you like to read?

“I usually read just before I go to bed or on Saturday or Sunday mornings.”

What do you like to read ?

“ I like reading pop culture classics and cult classics.   I like anything that is written from the perspective of the antagonist, as I feel these books often present an alternative perspective that is not typically explored in other novels.”

List one book that has left a lasting impression on you and explain why it’s memorable . .

“I read “Fight Club” by Chuck Palahnuick in year 9 and really enjoyed it. It changed my view on a couple of things as it was one of the first novels that I had read that attacked pop culture and materialistic values. The novel also seemed to argue that in order to be happy you have to think for yourself, question society’s values and take risks in order to get where you want in life.”



Staff Reader of the Month for September

Gary Vella . . . . . English and Film Studies teacher at SSC since 2009

How often do you like to read?

 “ I often only get to read for pleasure on the holidays, but as an English teacher I am always reading something! I have also been collecting books since I was a teenager and enjoy getting books from around the world. Last year on the World Challenge trip to Peru I managed to buy some beautiful leather bound books in Spanish. Of course I don’t read Spanish, but they look nice. I have a few first editions but they are hard to find, especially for popular titles.”

What do you like to read?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     “I’m “I’m not too fussy about what to read. I usually listen to other  people’s recommendations as a book is better when you have someone to discuss it with. On plane trips I like reading adventure novels, especially the “Jack Reacher” series by Lee Child. My favourite genre is post–apocalyptic novels such as Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road” . I’m also fascinated by historical fiction that provides entertainment as well as an education on a particular time or place. I loved reading Ken Follett’s “The Pillars of the Earth” and   learning about cathedral construction– something that I had never thought about and Robert Harris’s “Fatherland” where a world in which the Nazi regime lasts into the 1960s is the setting for a murder investigation.”        

List one book that has left a lasting impression on you , and why it’s so memorable.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           “My “My favourite series, by Thomas Harris, are the “Hannibal Lecter” novels. I love them as Lecter is the ultimate anti-hero, he’s the guy we are secretly cheering for. I’m also fairly nuts about Chuck  Palahniuk’s “Fight Club”. I enjoy being shocked and surprised, so Iove  reading anything that ends up somewhere I never expected. As for favourite text, I’m going to cheat and claim an author : George Orwell. On a daily basis I think of his works, especially “Animal Farm” and “Nineteen-Eighty Four” and wonder at how history keeps repeating exactly what he warned us about!