This year the BCIT Human Resources Dept. challenged all departments to submit their best “Pink” photo in celebration of Pink Shirt Day. What a surprise it was to find out that our submission won the grand prize of a teddy bear donned in a pink shirt and a $200 gift certificate to Chapters Indigo. Since we love books, we each hand-picked one to donate to our Popular Reading Collection which we will be featuring here on the blog. First up, meet Joanna from our Marine Campus.
Name: Joanna Erickson
Position: Library Coordinator, BMC Campus
Which book did you choose?
The book I picked was The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown.
The Boys in the Boat is about a group of nine University of Washington students who overcome many obstacles in life to beat the odds of becoming the US Olympic rowing team for the 1936 Summer Games in Berlin, Germany. Even though most people will know the outcome of the story before picking up this book, Daniel James Brown keeps the reader intrigued throughout the book and the individual life stories of these young men are both heartwarming and inspiring. It also gives a fascinating account of life during the Depression in America and the political changes happening in Germany in the lead up to World War II.
Can you tell us why you chose this book?
I was introduced to this book through one of my book club members who chose it as her pick for us to read, and even though we are a group of women that rarely read sports books, we all ended up really enjoying this book! I’ve selected this title for the Marine Campus library because I think our marine students and staff will enjoy it’s nautical themes, but I also think this book would appeal to anyone who enjoys a good human interest story and likes reading about the history of the Pacific Northwest and the world.
We’d love to hear more about the books you have read in the past. Could you share a few favorites?
Choosing favourites is so hard! But other titles I’ve enjoyed reading are Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese, All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, The Casual Vacancy by J.K Rowling, Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy, The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman and The Time Travellers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.
What do you like most about your job?
What I like most about my job is being surrounded by books and getting to know the great students and staff at BMC! I enjoy learning about how things work on board ships and love hearing about the adventures our students have at sea!
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Being a book nerd, what I love to do most in my free time is read, but I also do really enjoy walks in the forest and gardening.