Interview conducted by Brittany Parziale ’17, Connections Intern
Cynthia Jones is the Assistant to the Dean of University Library Services. She has worked at Roger Williams University since 2003.
12 Days of Christmas by Debbie Macomber
Protagonist Julia Padden challenges herself to break through her neighbor’s scrooge-like exterior by killing him with kindness while tracking her progress on her blog. When the two begin to fall for one another, Julia must decide if telling him the truth about her original intention is worth risking her shot at love.
Ms. Jones likes to read holiday related love stories around this time of year, and also enjoys reading fiction by authors such as Elin Hilderbrand and Danielle Steel. Although she is captivated by love stories, her main focus is reading about “people’s trials and tribulations.”
My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult is a book that has stuck with Jones over the years. The story follows a couple who decide to use genetic engineering to have a child who can become a medical donor for their seriously ill daughter, Kate. Kate’s life becomes dependent on her younger sister Anna’s life until Anna seeks medical emancipation at age fourteen to put a stop to the forced medical procedures. “What stuck with me most was the ending,” said Jones. “I never forgot about it.”
Though an avid reader in her adult years, Jones was not much of a reader in her younger days, which proves that it is never too late to become a lover of literature.
Rushing Waters by Danielle Steel
In this novel, Steel tells the story of six people who get caught in the horrific flooding in New York City caused by Hurricane Ophelia. These characters’ vulnerabilities, regrets, losses, and hopes are then revealed as they join together in their time of need.
Rushing Waters may be on her reading list for a while since “working full time, going to school, and taking care of a family” leaves little time for pleasure reading.
Though Jones does not have an essential read, she believes it is essential to be discussing what books others are reading. “I get hooked on authors, read everything they’ve written, and then am always asking others what they are reading to gain some new ideas.”