What Are You Reading? WHNT News 19 Anchors Talk About Books

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - "Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read." -Groucho Marx.

For those of us who love the written word, books are our best friends. They love us on our worst day and take us to new rooms, places, and friends when we need to slip away for a few minutes or an afternoon, or a week at the beach.

Plus, books won’t take the ¼ inch of frozen margarita in the bottom of the blender when we sit down to read.  Books save the bottom of the blender… for us.

Rocket City Mom is a Huntsville blog site featuring information that time-challenged, multi-tasking, book-loving moms can use.

In a feature section of the website, they are rolling out the favorite books of people who you may know.   From politicians to athletes to television news anchors, Rocket City Mom gives you a look at what page-turners prominent community personalities love to read.

Carrie Marchese is reading Italian For Travellers.

Carrie Marchese is reading Italian For Travellers.

"Italian for Travelers.  Bon giorno, Greg."

WHNT NEWS 19 Chief Investigative Reporter Carrie Marchese is doing the quick read on Italy.  The reason she is soaking up all “Italia” is very dear.

"I'm half Italian and I'm also learning because I have decided to get married."

The news Carrie Marchese is getting married is not going over well with the key news demographic of ages 25-54.  The news that Carrie has a fiancé is leaving many a broken heart in the Tennessee Valley. Carrie is planning an epic destination wedding/honeymoon in Italy.

"This is the kind of cool book that is good for everything you would need to know if you are heading over there for tourists," Carrie said. "Where is the toilet, what is the best wine?”

If you are wondering who Carrie is “gettin’ hitched to,” it’s a familiar face.  Carrie is marrying WHNT NEWS 19 Meteorologist Brandon Chambers.  Just think... Carrie will have free weather forecast for the rest of her life.

Michelle Stark is reading The Jolly Postman as she prepares for the birth of her daughter.

Michelle Stark is reading The Jolly Postman as she prepares for the birth of her daughter.

Like Carrie Marchese, real life is dictating what WHNT NEWS 19’s Michelle Stark is reading these days.

"This is what I'm reading...The Jolly Postman."

Michelle and her husband, Lance, are making a list of best baby reads in anticipation of their daughter’s arrival in March.

Steve Johnson is reading The Dog Stars.

Steve Johnson is reading The Dog Stars.

The New York Times frequently publishes its Best 100 Books and WHNT NEWS 19’s Steve Johnson has read just about all of them.  He is as well-read as anyone I have ever met.   Currently, Steve is reading The Dog Stars by Peter Heller.    It’s a novel about a post-apocalyptic pilot cruising about what used to be civilization.

Lee Marshall is reading On Every Side by Karen Kingsbury.

"A lady I went to church with actually brought it to me and said Lee you need to read this," Marshall said.

And after digging into the story, it’s no surprise why it became a fast page turner for Lee.

Lee Marshall

Lee Marshall is reading On Every Side.

“It's about a TV reporter who has a passion to help kids and she has some ethical and spiritual dilemmas that she has to face.  So the lady at church said with what you do at work and Kids to Love, you need to read this.”

When someone asks me (Greg) about my favorite book, I have a standard answer.

“You mean what is my favorite book other than To Kill a Mockingbird?”  That usually gets a big laugh.   But, I’m serious.  There are a few books in a group by themselves and To Kill a Mockingbird is one of them.

Greg Screws says Sufficient Grace is one of his all-time favorite books.

Greg Screws says Sufficient Grace is one of his all-time favorite books.

But, I dearly love Sufficient Grace by Darnell Arnoult.  Sufficient Grace is about the search for a woman who leaves her family and is suffering from mental illness.  What makes the book great is that you watch people deal with for better or worse, stress and seismic shifts in their life.  The book is a reminder that many forces, uncontrolled by mortals, dictate the pace and rhythm of life and how important it is to keep moving forward and do the best we can.

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle says two of his favorite books are Fall of Giants and Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet.  Alabama Fifth District Congressman Mo Brooks didn’t pick specific books.  But, he says he loves the Harry Potter series and John Grisham novels.

Madison City School Superintendent Dee Fowler is reading Sins of the Father by Jeffrey Archer, while his counterpart with the Huntsville City Schools, Casey Wardynski, likes Silence Over Dunkirk by John Tunis.

Huntsville’s “rockem-sockem” hockey players and coaches burn the long miles of a road trip a great book.  Havoc coach Glenn DeTulleo likes The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle.   Leland Fidler likes Open by Andre Agassi and Dan McWhinney’s favorite is In the Crease by Dick Irvin.

And… I’m not sure how they did this, but Rocket City Mom contacted Batman for some insight into what the Caped Crusader likes to read.

“Since I read for crime fighting, I stick to mostly local periodicals and newspapers.  However, I do enjoy a good vampire book every now and again.  I especially liked Twilight by Stephenie Meyer.  But, it would have been better if the vampires turned into bats, instead of just sparkling.”

Talking to Batman.  The Rocket City Mom people talked to Batman! Now, I know where my Bat Signal went.


We leave you with this.  Sometimes you have to give what you read more than a courtesy thought.

“Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.” - P.J. O’Rourke