Chicago, IL -- August 8, 2007

Outside the Chicago History Museum, listening to Sara McLaughlin and reading Something Blue, by Emily Giffin. It’s the sequel to Something Borrowed, which she read in two days. It was really fast, grasping, about two best friends and one sleeps with the other's fiancé and has a twist to it.

What else has she read lately? Resistance, by Anita Shreve;Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, by Ann Brashares; Angels and Demons, by Dan Brown. She likes doing easy reads, things that grasp you and keep your mind moving.

Her favorite book--Darkness at Noon, by Arthur Koestle, similar to The Count of Monte Cristo in that in both there are characters who are in jail and have time to think to self about the past.

A memorable part of the book—when he first communicates with the guy in the cell next to him with a system of knocking.

A book that has impaced her life--The Notebook, by Nicholas Sparks. It makes you feel hopeful that you’ll find someone. It’s a really good love story, she said, not cheesy. It has taught her to take chances, to go and talk to people and not be afraid.

Her own book? It’d be a non-fiction book about motivating people. She works as a personal trainer. The point of the book would be to combat childhood obesity and the target audience would be middle school students. Get them to take an active part in life.

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