Ashley Gore has been an English teacher for the past five years at Franklin-Simpson High School. She is working on her master’s degree at Western Kentucky University, where she also earned a bachelor’s degree in English. Gore was born in Salt Lake City, attended high school in Beavercreek, Ohio, and moved to Bowling Green in 2003. Her hobbies include writing, painting and travel.

As a child, Gore read Dr. Seuss’ “There’s a Wocket in my Pocket” so often that the binding broke and eventually came off. “I still have that book on my shelf today to remind me that reading has always been a major part of who I am as a person,” she said.

Fiction is her favorite genre because she enjoys getting lost in the author’s world, imagining characters and context and becoming emotionally invested in them. She also enjoys poetry and the figurative imagery and vast ideas that can be found in short lines and stanzas. “I love to teach literature and lead my students to see the deeper connections and the author’s craft in each piece,” she said.

Gore is currently reading “The Hiding Place” by local author David Bell, who is the adviser for her master’s thesis at WKU. After hearing a few excerpts during his recent reading at the Warren County Public Library, she was eager to know what really happened to the murdered boy, Justin, and if Ashleigh, his 15-year-old niece, solves the mystery years later. Gore admires the way Bell builds suspense through the different characters’ perspectives and his rich, poetic language that enhances the scenes between dialogue.

Gore’s reading is often determined by her graduate classes. Sometimes she chooses books suggested by friends or ones she discovered while browsing at Barnes & Noble. But when traveling, as she has to Ireland, England and Spain, she selects notable works by authors connected to her destination so that visiting locations such as William Shakespeare’s birthplace and Ernest Hemingway’s favorite café in Madrid becomes more meaningful.

Gore said Hemingway stands out as her overall favorite writer. She also enjoys F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner, John Keats, W.B. Yeats and e.e. cummings. Newer authors she has read and liked immensely are Stephen Chbosky, Tim O’Brien and Jonathan Safran Foer.

Gore recommends Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby,” Faulkner’s “The Sound and the Fury,” Chbosky’s “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” Bell’s “The Hiding Place” and O’Brien’s “The Things We Carried.” Her future reading list includes James Joyce’s “Ulysses,” Khaled Hosseini’s “The Kite Runner” and “A Thousand Splendid Suns,” Tim Robbins’ “Jitterbug Perfume” and anything by Kurt Vonnegut.

If stranded on an island, Gore would want “The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway” because, she says, “the volume contains endless types of tales to fit any mood. Plus, Hemingway was always an adventurer, so his works would be fitting on a deserted island.”

— Libby Davies, Barnes & Noble Booksellers

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