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World Reading Day on Wednesday's Access Utah

Wednesday is World Reading Day. It’s one day, held once a year, where people of all ages are encouraged to turn off the TV, log off the net, put away the video games & ignore all the other myriad distractions of modern life and enjoy the simple pleasure of reading a book instead. 

On Access Utah we’re joining in the celebration by asking you what you’re reading. You can suggest some good books we may want to pick up. We’re also asking you to tell us what books & reading mean to you. You can post your reading list to our Utah Public Radio Facebook page or send it to and we’ll share it on air. Or you can call us at 1-800-826-1495. UPR producer and avid reader Elaine Thatcher joins us for the hour. And booksellers Anne Holman from The King’s English BookShop in Salt Lake City; Andy Nettell from Back of Beyond Books in Moab; and Jeanee Hagman from The Book Table in Logan will all tell us about the hot new titles they’re most excited about.

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The Book Table's Jeanee Hagman's List:

3: Battle of Ampere, Michael Vey

Inferno, Dan Brown

Silver Star, Janette Wall

Storm breakers,

Risked, Margaret Peterson Haddix

Missing Risk, Alex Rider

Back of Beyond Book's Andy Nettell's List:

Spider Woman's Daughter,Anne Hillerman

Sweet Thunder,Ivan Doig

This Day: Collected & New Sabbath Poems,Wendell Berry

Emerald Mile,Kevin Fedarko

Country of the Bad Wolfes,James Carlos Blake

The King's English Book Shop's Anne Holman's List:

Monument Road, Charlie Quimby

Cinnamon and Gunpowder, Eli Brown

The Rosie Project Graeme Simsion

The World's Strongest Librarian, Josh Hanagarne

When Charley Met Grampa, Amy Hest and Helen Oxenbury, Ages 4-6

Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell


Our Listener's Reading List:


Little House on the Prairie Series,

Harry Potter,

Westing Game,

The Hobbit

American Girl Books,

The Farthest Away Mountain,

Magic Tree House

Guardians of GaHoole

Little Women,

Bleak House by Dickens,

North and South by Gaskell

On the Death Beat, by JS Bateman

Rabid: by Bill Wasik and Monica Murphy

Jack London's "To Build a Fire

Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

Dandelion Wine – Ray Bradbury

Angle of Repose

Crossing to Safety – Wallace Stegner

Huck Finn

Adam and Eve

Puddinhead Wilson -  Mark Twain

Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver

How Green Was My Valley – Richard Llewellyn

My Antonia

Neighbor Rossicky (short story)

Song of the Lark

Oh Pioneers – Willa Cather

David Copperfield

A Christmas Carol

Great Expectations

Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

Pride and Prejudice



Sense and Sensiblity – Jane Austen

Lonesome Dove -0 Larry McMurtry

East of Eden

Winter of Our Discontent – John Steinbeck

Count of Monte Cristo

The Black Tulip – Alexandre Dumas

The Good Earth – Pearl S. Buck

Washington Square

Portrait of a Lady – Henry James

To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

Holes – Louis Sachar

Foundation Series  -  Isaac Asimov

Age of Innocence – Edith Wharton

A River Runs Through It  - Norman McLean

Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis

The Giver – Lois Lowry

Lord of the Rings – Tolkien

Silas Marner – George Eliot

Little Women – Louisa May Alccott

Life of Pi – Yan Martel

The Samaritans Pistol by Eric Bishop

Death From the Skies: the Science Behind the End of the World by Philip Plait, PhD.

My Antonia by Willa Cather
The Whistling Season
All the Truth That’s In Me

Tom Williams worked as a part-time UPR announcer for a few years and joined Utah Public Radio full-time in 1996. He is a proud graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal and Utah State University (B. A. in Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration.) He grew up in a family that regularly discussed everything from opera to religion to politics. He is interested in just about everything and loves to engage people in conversation, so you could say he has found the perfect job as host “Access Utah.” He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.