Kaitlin's Picks

Kaitlin is currently a junior at Castleton University majoring in English, minoring in history, and working on obtaining her licensure in secondary education with the hopes of becoming a high school English teacher. When she finds the time to read non assigned books, she prefers any type of fiction or biographies, but any genre or story with a well-crafted plot will grab her attention. She is a part of the Castleton chapter of the Student Education Organization, a mentor to a Castleton Elementary 5th grader, and a part of a peer advocates program at the college.  Besides reading, Kaitlin has a passion for painting, running, history, writing, and listening to music. 

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Kaitlin
Into the Wild Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780385486804
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Published: Anchor Books - January 17th, 1997

Adventure and the appeal of the wilderness are what draw Chris McCandless into the Alaskan wild. This book explores his journey, the motivation behind his decision to go into the wild, and how his life ended as a result of being in the wild. I kept rereading this book all throughout high school because, in a way, I admired McCandless for leaving his reality and adventuring out into the world to be free. Still one of my favorite books today, I recommend it to people who are looking for a bit of adventure, and because the book evokes so many thoughts and ranging emotions.


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Kaitlin
The Things They Carried Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780618706419
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Published: Mariner Books - October 13th, 2009

Written in short stories, this novel is based on the author's experience being a soldier in Vietnam. The title not only refers to the things that soldiers carry physically such as their weapons and other meaningful objects specific to each soldier, but also refers to the  mental images and feelings that they have to carry with them as they partake in the war. While controversial and a bit hard to read at times due to the description of war and fighting surrounding the characters, The Things They Carried is an important book to read. Not only does it shed light on the struggles and hardships of soldiers, and show the humanity that can be found in the men, but it’s also a moving story that I found hard to put down.