Notes from Crew Quarters—The First Book We Fell in Love With

by robertball on March 23, 2018

in Announcements, Blog, Notes from Crew Quarters

Photo by Mara Arantes

Our editors revealed their first literary loves.

Krys Malcolm Belc
Associate Fiction Editor
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

When I read Matilda, it completely reinvented my understanding of what books were and were for. It wasn’t just a story; it was a strong message to people who identified with Matilda. I did. And now I have her (and Ms. Honey!) tattooed on my leg. And also, everyone knows that Ms. Honey was a queer icon for people growing up in the 90s.

Emily Doseck
Northern Michigan University

Ferdinand the Bull/The Story of Ferdinand. It’s the earliest book I remember reading over and over and over again.

Jacob Hall
Associate Fiction Editor
Decatur, Illinois

The Horse and His Boy.

Ethan Brightbill
Managing Editor
Allentown, Pennsylvania

Animorphs #4: The Message, the first chapter book I ever read. Who doesn’t want to fight aliens and turn into a dolphin?

Tianli Kilpatrick
Associate Editor
Northern Michigan University

A Wrinkle In Time series is what got me into reading. However, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” is what got me into writing.

Anne Okonowski
Associate Editor
Dearborn, Michigan

So I’m named after Anne of Green Gables and I remember my mom reading that book to me when I was pretty young and it was magical to be able to identify with a character so strongly. Especially as a child that had a penchant for being dramatic and had quite the temper.

Bill Nyfeler
Associate Nonfiction Editor
Northern Michigan University


Robert Ball
Dearborn, Michigan

The Great Gatsby! Instantly became my favorite book and still is today.

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