Today we’re excited to announce October’s featured reader for our Page Turners of Jefferson County series, which asks a local resident to reflect on the role books and reading have played in his or her life.
Jeral Milton was born and raised in the Charles Town area and her very first library card was from the Old Charles Town Library, when the library was still in the little white house and Miss Anne was the librarian. She’s lived throughout the southeast working for the National Park Service before ending up in Baltimore, Maryland, and then moving back to her hometown over twenty years ago. Over the years, she’s had library cards from numerous libraries, but was glad to return to her original library!
What book(s) are currently on your nightstand?
You by Caroline Kepnes, An Event in Autumn by Henning Mankell, and The Unknowns by Gabriel Roth.
What genres do you especially enjoy reading?
Mystery and suspense.
Where and when do you like to read best?
Which book most impacted your career?
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.
Who is your favorite fictional character?
Dagny Taggart in Atlas Shrugged.
What’s the last book you put down without finishing?
I couldn’t make heads or tails of The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie and returned it to the library without finishing it.
Which three authors (living or dead) would you invite to a dinner party? What would you ask them?
Ayn Rand, Tom Robbins, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. I doubt if I’d be able to get a word in edgewise.
What childhood memories about reading stick most in your mind?
When I was in third grade, I missed a lot of school due to various illnesses; reading kept me from going “stir crazy” and at the end of the school year, I tested about two grades higher than my level.
Which five books would you take with you on a desert island?
I can choose only five? Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins, and A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.
Is there a book you’ve read & liked that you’re embarrassed to admit? Guilty pleasure?
Hhhmmm, I can’t think of any.
What do you plan to read next?
After I read a couple of the books already on my nightstand, I plan to read Most Wanted by Lisa Scottoline.