The Great Gatsby: Annie Schulz and Kelly Summerwill discuss the Great Gatsby.

In this recording Kelly Summerwill and Annie Schulz discuss important moments that can further develop the understanding of The Great Gatsby.

Kiernan Lynch and Rachel Fuechtman talk about “A Tale of Two Cities” and why they read books of literary merit

In this recording, Hinsdale Central students Kiernan Lynch and Rachel Fuechtman discuss their thoughts on “A Tale of Two Cities” and how they interpreted the characters and themes.

Novel Wisdom: Nasar Qureshi and Yaser Aslam talk books, literary merit, and why we read.

Nasar Qureshi and Yaser Aslam discuss “The Kite Runner” and its takeaway messages, including specific discussions regarding symbols, events, characters, and central ideas of the story.

Native Speakers: Sarah Kim and Jae Kim talk about their interpretation of “Native Speaker” by Chang-rae Lee.
December 12, 2018 App Interview

In this interview, Sarah Kim and her father Jae Kim discuss pivotal moments in the novel “Native Speaker”, the trauma of losing a loved one, and what it means to be B+ students of life.

Pride & Prejudice Book Talk: Alyssa Nasca and Monica Avalos talk all about the themes, characters, and plot of the story

In this interview, Alyssa and Monica discuss the most pivotal moments in the novel, why the book was recommended, and the differences between the novel and movie.

Book Talk: Ian Drury & Allegra Dugan discuss literature, benefits of reading, and timeless novels.

Drury and Dugan discuss the challenges of finding one’s path in the world, blooming in the face of darkness, and influencial people and events. Also mentioning various books that have stuck with them and hopes for the future.

Grace Kennedy and her mom, Sue Kennedy, discuss the Great Gatsby, literary merit, and the impact of reading in our daily lives.

In this recording, mother and daughter Grace and Sue Kennedy discuss the Great Gatsby and why Sue recommended the book to Grace. The two also discuss how a book attains literary merit, and what impact reading has on our daily...

Novel Wisdom: Mae Javois and Anne Malcolm discuss The Kite Runner.

Mrs. Malcolm and I talked about the major message and theme of The Kite Runner, and the structural techniques Hosseini used to portray this message. We discussed in detail the relationships between the characters, and how they shaped the storyline...

Novel Wisdom: Arya Chawla and Raj Rathi discuss the Great Gatsby.

In this recording, student Arya Chawla and economist Raj Rathi discuss their thoughts and reactions after reading the Great Gatsby.

Novel Wisdom: Lauren Keating and Brianna Comstock discuss 1984 by George Orwell

In this recording High School students Lauren and Brianna discuss the many important characters in the book and how the plot of the book differs from other totalitarian governments

Novel Discussion: Leia and Evans Pappas analyze the development of “The Shadow of the Wind” by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
December 11, 2018 App Interview

Leia Pappas and her father, Evans Pappas, discuss the relationships and themes present in “The Shadow of the Wind” while also mentioning why Evans recommended the book to Leia initially.

The Namesake: Alec Hill and history teacher Mrs. Patel discuss a novel’s significance and its connection to readers.

In this interview, high school student Alec Hill and history teacher Mrs. Patel examine The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri. This book was recommended to Hill by Mrs. Patel for his senior year reading list. Topics of discussion include immigration, family...

George Gao and DanielY
December 10, 2018 App Interview

George and Daniel discuss the themes and motifs of 1984 and other ideas.

Before Graduation: Kayla Byrne and her mother Armita Bijari discuss the importance of reading the book Jane Eyre.

In this recording, student Kayla Byrne and her mother and neurologist Dr. Armita Bijari do a follow up interview after reading the book Jane Eyre to discuss why it was such a valuable read.

Literary Experience: Jay Liu and Andrew Li discuss the Kite Runner, its applications in life, and the reasons to read it
December 9, 2018 App Interview

In this episode of Literary Experience, high school seniors Jay Liu and Andrew Li discuss the Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. They talk about personal experiences relating to the book and various interesting aspects of the novel.

The Great Gatsby: Annie Huetteman and Rachel Hylas analyze the classic literary merit
December 9, 2018 App Interview

In this recording, Annie Huetteman ask Rachel Hylas for her thoughts on The Great Gatsby. She explains what she believes about F. Scott Fitzgerald’s stylistic choices, the themes of the book, and the characters.

Silence: “A twist on a typical martyr story” Part 2

High school student Elisabeth Bieber interviews a fellow parishioner and mentor on the spirituality and religious teachings of the Catholic Church in Silence by Shusaku Endo. Part 2 of my interview! Part 1 got cut short because of technical difficulties,...

“Use your grey cells, figure it out!” Novel Wisdom: Leah Vaikutis and Judy Sidrys analyze a crime novel that was recommended to Leah.

In this interview, Leah Vaikutis interviews her aunt, Judy Sidrys, about “The Murder of Roger Ackroyd”. They debrief the characters, underlying themes, and connections to modern day society as they reminisce through this brilliant crime novel. The very interesting Hercule...