So many books, so little time 

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The days are growing shorter, there's a chill on the night air, and pumpkin spice has returned to Starbucks. All of which means the summer reading season is over, its fluffy mind candy replaced with deeper stuff.

click to enlarge Jeff Albrich
  • Jeff Albrich

Jeff Albrich of the west side is a musician and sound healer.

Guesstimate how many books you read a year. Ten to 20, easy.

Is there a genre you prefer? Spiritual books and quantum physics.

What are you reading at present? Right now, the Upanishads. Before that it was You Can Heal Your Life, by Louise Hay, and before that, The Awakened Life, by Wayne Dyer.

Do you prefer hardcover, paperback or e-book? I tried the digital route once. I'm too old-school; I got annoyed by the screen. I need the book in my hands.

If you could get everyone to read a certain book, which? Probably The Secret Teachings of All Ages by Manly P. Hall. It covers almost every philosophy and religion.

click to enlarge Andrew Kucera
  • Andrew Kucera

Andrew Kucera of Pleasant Valley is a certified surgical technologist.

How many books do you read a year? Fifteen, 16 — mostly historical fiction, but medical texts, too.

What are you reading at present? Sycamore Row, by John Grisham — I just bought it today. The last book I read was Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance, by Atul Gawande, an Indian physician who lives here in the States.

Who is your favorite author? Louis L'Amour. I like his non-western novels best, though, especially The Walking Drum, an historical fiction that takes place in [12th]-century Europe.

If you could get everyone in the region to read one book, which? Weird Colorado. There are some fun places to visit in Colorado.

If you could share a beer with any author, who'd it be? John Steinbeck or Jack London. I'd love to hear what they'd say about their own lives and about life in general.

click to enlarge Veronica Ward
  • Veronica Ward

Veronica Ward of the Citadel neighborhood works at the Air Force Academy.

Estimate how many books you read a year. Over 30.

What kind do you prefer? I used to read only psychological thrillers, but now it's mostly fantasy or anything someone recommends.

What are you reading at present? Lord of the Rings. Again.

Who's your favorite author? [J.R.R.] Tolkien for fiction, Karl Marx for real-life interest.


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