Hallie Talks Books

Saturday, May 23, 2020 - By: Hallie S, Mackenzie ‘20, Reading in Mill Bay

English teacher Ryan Skardal is well known for his voluminous reading. He shares this passion with his students. Below is the first in a series of interviews with Skardal’s Scholars about their recent reading.

How do you read so much?
My sister read books and I'd just take her books and read them all. I also really liked to make lists. Books were another thing to make lists out of.

Do you still make lists?
Yeah. I've had this of lists] of books since grade 8. Basically it's just the name of the book, my rating, and the year I read it.

What is the best book you've read this year?
The Pelican Brief by John Grisham. It's about this law student. She finds out this scandal the government is involved in. They're trying to protect an oil company. It's a crime thriller, basically. I found it in the library on the side of the road. I disinfected the book so I wouldn't get Covid.

What is the oddest book you've read this year?
I found the book From the Corner of His Eye by Dean Koontz. It's really weird. There's this kid named Bartholomew and there are killers on the hunt to find him. He loses his sight and then he gets it back. It's a whole world.

What are you reading now?
I'm reading Station 11, which is actually very cool because it's about a pandemic and someone from Vancouver Island.

Hallie S, Mackenzie ‘20, Reading in Mill Bay

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