Believe it or not, some people still read books

Callie Hermanson
Lakeside Leader

In a world filled with screens, it’s nice to see a few people still picking up books and letting their imaginations run free.

Chris Brown, Communications coordinator for the town of Slave Lake, says he tries to read three to four books a week. He explains how he grew up in a small rural community without access to the Internet, so to entertain himself he read books.

Brown says he used reading as an escape from reality.

“It’s fun to use your imagination to create how you think characters should be.”

He does not have a favourite genre but, gravitates towards fantasy and political novels.

Brown says he does not have a favourite book either, but has a few he likes, including Simon vs the Homosapien Agenda by Becky Albertalli and My Life by Bill Clinton.

An author Brown says he wants to read is Terry Brooks.

Brown expalins how before reading a book series he must first own all the books so he can read them at his own leisure without having to stop and look for the next book in the series.

Every book he owns has to be hard copy. He says this is because he wants all his books to match.

Brown explains how he does not use the library because he likes to ‘dogear’ book pages and write in books, although he does own a library card.

“I learn from reading so I make notes in the margin, underline new or interesting words and highlight sentences.”

Chris Brown, avid reader.

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