At T&C, we’re not just consumers of news articles. Reading is our lifeblood, whether it’s the newest book in a series or a novel that delves deeper into a historical time period. Many of our staffers have English and journalism backgrounds; we love books and the authors who open our minds, to the past, present or even to alternate universes.
Book lovers rejoice—April 23 was World Book Day. We decided one day just wasn’t enough to celebrate. Therefore, we developed a one-week Instagram campaign featuring one to two staffers per day sharing insight into their reading life, from all-time favorite reads, titles and authors with the biggest impact. Through these short snapshots, agency followers were able to glimpse a bit more of T&C’s diverse personalities and tastes, and offer their own opinions on titles, authors and more.
See our recap below from the week, or check it out on Instagram here.
Ally Day, Senior Account Manager, Anchorage
Q: What author has made the biggest impact on your life?
A: My love for the written word started in elementary school—in the form of mailed, cursive letters to celebrities, seeking autographs. (I like to think it was popular at the time and not just in my own life… 🤔) At any rate, my only real “celebrity” mail I ever got back came from my all-time favorite author, Ann M. Martin. I was well on my way through the entire “Baby-Sitters Club” series at the time, a prestigious collection I had carefully cultivated over the years. The letter was handwritten, and included an autographed black-and-white photo. I was honored someone I believed to be so famous took the time to write me and talk about her books. My passion for reading soared. I still have the photo and letter to this day.
Kelsey Fiedler, Account Coordinator, Anchorage
Q: What book are you currently reading?
A: I love classic literature! Currently, I’m taking a journey of personal conflict and social scandal through 19th century Russia with Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky’s translation of Leo Tolstoy’s “Anna Karenina.”
Emily McLaughlin, Account Executive, Anchorage
Q: What was the last book you read that really stuck with you?
A: “Just Mercy,” by defense lawyer Bryan Stevenson, is the last book I read that I couldn’t stop talking about, thinking about and suggesting to practically everyone I spoke to. It’s an eye-opening look at the United States justice system, the death penalty and the deep biases that have existed in the court system throughout our history. Bryan Stevenson is such an amazing storyteller, and uses his experience founding the Equal Justice Initiative to show just how impactful and important compassion and mercy can be.
Nikkie Viotto, Account Executive, Anchorage
Q: What books are on your bedside table?
A: While I’d love to say that I wind down each night by picking up from where I left off on my latest favorite reads, I’m guilty of having eyes that are way too big for my schedule when it comes to getting through my novel wishlist! You’ll often find my nightstand stacked with four or five books. Be it a romance novel, drama-filled tell-all (#bachelornation), thriller or otherwise — I can’t wait to get through so I can discuss the juicy details with the friend, colleague or loved one that recommended it to me! The good news? Summer is just around the corner, which means there will be plenty of long weekends on the Kenai set aside for getting these off my bedside table and onto my bookshelf to make room for the latest! (P.S. Now taking recommendations — I can be swayed into reading anything that offers a juicy twist, vivid details and a powerful plot.)
Stephanie Plieness, Account Manager, Anchorage
Q: What author has had the most impact on your life? A: Michael Pollan, who wrote “In Defense of Food” and “The Omnivore’s Dilemma,” has made me completely rethink how I eat and more conscious about where my food comes from. His books have also made me a fanatic about growing my own food. They’re a perfect summer read for when you’re out working in the garden. Happy reading and garden season!
Kailee Wallis, Account Coordinator, Anchorage
Q: What book are you currently reading?
A: My mom and I frequently trade books and she introduced me to the author @JodiPicoult years ago. Her novels lead me to get lost in the character’s story, while discussing issues that are relevant concerns of our time. I’m currently re-reading “The Pact”, a love story, which dives into the social issues around gun control and suicide rates in teenagers. I love the way Jodi can influence her readers to reflect on social controversies while still keeping you mesmerized in the storyline – and there’s always a plot twist.
Liz Baker, Vice President, Houston
Q: What is your favorite genre of literature?
A: Unless we can count the Harry Potter series as its own genre, I would have to claim historical fiction as my favorite. I’ve always been intrigued by the past, and these novels offer up a bit of a history lesson along with entertaining stories. I’m currently reading Eric Larson’s “The Devil in the White City,” which is a true crime novel set in Chicago in the late 1800s. It’s easy to forget that it’s a true story as the tale unfolds, though! The book has already given me a new perspective on Chicago, and I can’t wait to visit the city again knowing what I do now. No spoilers on how it ends, please!
Bri Kelly, Account Manager, Anchorage
Q: What is your favorite book series?
A: There’s one series that I read at least once per year and love even more each time I read it, and that is Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series. She seamlessly creates a vivid reality where time travel is not only a possibility, but happens often. She uses intriguing historical context and background to tie into a truly once-in-a-lifetime love story that defies the concept of chronological time. Each time I read the series, I find some new detail I never noticed, making the story that much better. Because I read this series (and other books) so often, I am one of the rogue bookworms out there that truly enjoys reading from an iPad so I can access my books at any time.
Meghan Aftosmis, VP, New York
Q. What is your favorite genre of literature?
A. Not surprisingly, my bookshelves are stacked with travel memoirs and non-fiction by some of my favorite journalists. Many of these books and authors (I’m lucky to call a few friends) have changed the way I view the world, fueled my wanderlust even more and continue to inspire me to someday write my own book.