New Reading Perspectives: Insight about the learning that local mother Aqsa Godil has received from her childhood and adult readings.

In this recording, Hinsdale Central Student, Ameera Ilyas, and her mother, Aqsa Godil, talk about her mother's interaction in Pakistan, a third world country, with reading and how it has shaped her understanding of the world. In this interview, we...

The Impact of Literature: Alec Hill and Bill Haarlow discuss their reading habits and a few impactful works of fiction.

In this interview, Alec Hill and Bill Haarlow, both high school seniors in Illinois, talk about the role of reading in their lives. Additionally, Alec asks Bill to recommend a few impactful pieces of fiction that he must read to...

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.

To Kill A Mockingbird Discussion: Bianca Pope & Nicolette Pope discuss the novel and their takeaways from it.

In this recordimg, Nicolette and her mother, Bianca, debrief through the novel “To Kill A Mockingbird” and discuss the biggest takeways, themes, characters, and more.

Discussing a Novel – The Prophet

Seniors in high school, Mohammed and Zayd, discuss their thoughts on The Prophet. They recall relatable passages and explain why reading such a work is important, especially as developing Muslim teenagers.

Literary Fiction with Patty Pappas
September 13, 2018 App Interview

My mom, a Speech and Comminications Major, talked with me about how books have impacted her childhood all the way through her current life. I close with asking her for a few literary fiction recommendations.

Catcher in the Rye

Grace McCabe and her dad discuss The Catcher in the Rye.

Literary Merit Book Recommendation Interview
September 18, 2018 App Interview

In this interview I talk with my mother about her past and present reading experiences. She recommends the book “The Five People You Meet In Heaven” by Mitch Albom and talks about how it has affected her in life.

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.

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.

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.

BookWise: Sarah Kim and José Olivarez discuss books, poetry, and minority authors.
September 13, 2018 App Interview

In this recording, Hinsdale Central High School student Sarah Kim and Young Chicago Authors teaching artist José Olivarez discuss the recent publication of "Citizen Illegal", inspiring poets that motivate writing, and literature written by minority authors.

John and Michael Gachich Discuss the Meaning of “1984” in Mid-20th Century Society and Today

John Gachich and his son, Michael Gachich, probe into the reasons behind Orwell's writing of the famous novel, "1984," and the intricacies of certain book events in comparison to the world we live in. Various symbols are discussed, and theories...

Novel Wisdom: Nora Wood and Libby Wood discuss To Kill a Mockingbird
December 10, 2017 App Interview

In this recording, Nora Wood and her mom talk about the themes, characters, and final thoughts of To Kill a Mockingbird.

“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...

Tina Rivera interviewing her aunt, Vesna Gajic, about the book The Great Gatsby.

In this interview, my aunt and I talk about the book The Great Gatsby and all the characters and symbols that the book has to offer. We mainly focus on why she wanted me to read the book.

Tina Rivera and Her Mother, Biljana Rivera Book Talk
September 13, 2018 App Interview

In this recording, Tina talks about how her mothers background has shaped her reading life today. Also, Tina asks about a must read book that her mom recommends for her before she graduated high school.

Lit life: Emilie Chadwell and Gabrielle Sullivan discuss the importance of different perspectives.

In this recording, friends discuss the lessons Haddon conveys in the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and how it is important to learn about people different from us. In this book specifically a young boy with autism...

Switching gears: Lynn Matar and Mr. Didominico talk about fictional books and what makes them interesting
September 12, 2018 App Interview

Lynn Matar and her Ap lang teacher, Mr. Didominico, try to steer away from non fiction reading and discuss fictional books and talk about what makes them thought provoking