This author used to hate reading

Tom Carr is an author, motivational speaker, and a member of the Orange County School Board.

Recommended read:Knock in the Night” by Balazs Szabo. Szabo lives in Hillsborough and is recognized worldwide for his artwork. He recalls the 1956 Hungarian Revolution in which 50,000 Hungarian freedom fighters were killed or wounded. In the book, which is hard to put down, he recalls his years living through the revolution and growing up under Communist brutality.

Currently reading: Lately, I’ve been reading books about books, including “When Books Went to War: The Stories That Helped Us Win World War II” by Molly Guptill Manning and “A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books” by Nicholas A. Basbanes.

Who or what taught you to love to read? As a student I actually hated reading. I got ‘hooked’ on my own about 10 years ago, and now I’m addicted.

What is your favorite book that nobody’s heard of? Recently I devised a list of my top 20 “Wow” books – books that are so intense, powerful, and thought-provoking that I had to say “Wow” and put them down for a few minutes before reading more. The No. 1 book on my “Wow” list is “A Writer at War: A Soviet Journalist with the Red Army, 1941-1945” by Vasily Grossman.

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Knock in the Night

Balazs Szabo

CreateSpace, 278 pages