Wednesday, February 8, 2023

‘What are you reading?’ Wednesday


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Story by Steve Barnum / Staff Writer

All around campus you can find students, faculty and teachers off in their own worlds enjoying a good book. Some have personal favorites that they like to share, and “‘What are you reading?’ Wednesday is back with recommendations by people from all walks of life.

Jake Greene, a senior majoring in music business, is reading “Writing Better Lyrics” by Pat Pattison.

Greene explained that the book shows you how to write a great song and it breaks it down to the basics.

“It’s kind of challenging you to brainstorm more and to write out all your ideas on one piece of paper and see where that takes you. And to do a lot of rabbit-hole writing where you sit down with one topic and just write continuously for about ten minutes,” Greene said.

Greene has a passion for music and really wants to pursue commercial songwriting. He went on to explain that what drew him to the book was the fact that if you want to do something you have to live, eat and breathe what you want to pursue.

“I’ve been reading this book for about a week and a half and have already written three of the better songs I’ve ever written,” Greene said.


Tanner Fite, a junior CIM major, is reading “Millionaire Success Habits” by Dean Graziosi.

“It’s basically just setting up the steps in order to create a more productive lifestyle and to make sure that you can make a full day experience and to not waste time doing things that are trivial matters,” Fite said.

Fite likes to be as productive as possible and is really into business. When he saw the book he instantly knew he had to read it.

“If you notice that you are wasting too much time doing things that may not be important in achieving what you want, this would be a great first step in figuring out tactics and techniques and can help in allocating your time to be effective in completing your goals,” Fite said.


Sherry Mitchell, a library assistant here at MTSU, is reading “Magic for Nothing” by Seanan McGuire.

“It is about a family of renegades,” Mitchell said.

In this world, there are shapeshifters and other magical beings that are hunted down for being different than the rest of society. A family rebelled against the cruelty, moved to the United States and started to save the creatures from being killed.

“I’ve been reading science fiction most of my life. My older brother is autistic so Dad read to us, and he read science fiction to us,” Mitchell said.

She then went on to say that if you are into adventure, escapism and “really weird critters,” then this is the book for you.


Heidi Welch, a junior majoring in history, recommends “Code Name Verity” by Elizabeth E. Wein.

Welch explained that the book follows a woman who is a British spy. She gets captured by Germans in France, and it is written about her narrative.

“I think I had to read it for school at one point and I just fell in love with how it was written. It was one of the very few books with interesting plot developments that I could not predict,” Welch said.

If you are interested in reading this book, Welch promises that it will be unlike any other book you have read before.


Robert Baltz, a senior majoring in chemistry, recommends “Red Rising” by Pierce Brown.

“It is about a world that is divided by class set up by utility. One of the lowest-rung members decides that he wants to break the system and make a world of equality. So he infiltrates the highest rung of society to try to fix things,” Baltz said.

A friend who talked about it and got him interested in the story recommended it to Baltz.

“It is the perfect clash between technology, history and good old fighting action, all mashed up in one book,” Baltz said.

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