2021 Mark Twain Challenge Winner

What was your favorite book you read last year and why?

My favorite book that I read in 2021 was Ride of a Lifetime, by Bog Iger. It was encouraging to hear his insights as a leader of one of my favorite companies (Disney). It was encouraging to hear how he worked his way up from the bottom of ABC to the CEO of Disney. 

What was your most challenging one and why?

The most challenging book I read was The New Jim Crow, by Michelle Alexander. It was a lot of content and complex vocabulary to take in. But getting through it and understanding what it was trying to say gave me an incredible amount of insight into racial inequity throughout the history of the United States. 

What do you think reading has done for your life?

Reading has expanded my mind exponentially. It’s given me insight from experts and people with experience in many different fields and walks of life. It creates new ways of thinking and train of thought; giving me a greater perspective. Additionally, it’s expanded my vocabulary! 

What book would you recommend?

I would recommend Ride of A lifetime to anybody starting their professional careers/those graduating college entering the workforce. 

Where do you find the time to read?

I read in any free time that I get. Whether it’s downtime at work or free time at night or on weekends.

What book are you looking forward to reading this year?

I’m looking forward to reading Hot Seat, By Jeff Immelt the former CEO of General Electric. 

What is your “reading number goal of books” to read for 2022?

As a base goal, I strive to read one book per month (12 per year minimum). But overall I strive to read for a minimum of 20 minutes a day, last year I finished with 27 books. So as long as I’m consistently reading and learning every day, I’m achieving my goal. 

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