Becca Janzen, 24, Ph.D. student
The fourth in a seven-part series, The Heart of a Woman is said to be one of her most introspective autobiographies. It covers Angelou’s life from 1957 to 1962, including her move from California to New York.
Book: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
George, a self-styled “francophile” from Kentucky, has been chipping away at a French translation of Anna Karenina for a couple of years. Surprisingly, he found his copy in a used bookshop in Victoria, B.C.
Since he doesn’t understand Russian, he thought reading the classic in French would be the next best thing. “There’s a bit of an irony to that because one of the themes in Tolstoy is, like, these fake Russian nobles who pretend to be French,” he said. “I’m like a fake Anglophone who pretends to be Francophone.”
Book:The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien
You could say Holland grew up in Middle Earth. Her mother started her on the Tolkien trilogy when she was little and Holland read it herself when she was old enough — again and again. “It must be my hundredth time now,” she said.
Some time ago, she went to New Zealand and visited Frodo’s house in the Shire movie set.
“I’m short so it’s OK, but anyone taller than me would have trouble.”
The upshot of an hour-and-a-half TTC commute is that it gives Pais plenty of time to get through a 1,088-page doorstop such as Words of Radiance, the second book in Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive series. She likes to get lost in big fantasy novels like this one, which describe surreal worlds in intricate detail. “It’s like delving into a different universe,” she said.