Our Bookworms

While many of our reviews are written by myself, Sneak Peek also employs college students. These students write reviews and copyedit. Sneak Peek believes that reading and education are important and we strive to support students by giving them an opportunity to gain work experience doing something they love – reading books!

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Morgan Lynn

Co-Founder and Hiring Manager

School: University of Tulsa Alumni
Major: Biopsychology, Pre-Med
Favorite Book: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Whether I’m reading, writing or acting, stories are everything to me! I would not be who I am today if I had not picked up The Boxcar Children in second grade, and discovered an exciting way to learn and explore.

Cailey Folts

Editor

School: University of Virginia
Major: English and Government
Favorite Book: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Reading has always been an escape for me. The new world might be seemingly better or worse, but regardless it serves as a reminder of perspective. I find no better lesson on perspective and empathy than reading a book because it forces you to imagine for yourself what characters are going through. With a really good book, the emotional mental space of a character becomes your own.

Dylan Chilcoat

Writer

School: University of Tulsa
Major: Creative Writing and English
Favorite Book: The Pale King by David Foster Wallace

Reading has impacted my life primarily by exposing me to experiences and ideas that I wouldn’t have had access to on my own. I started reading in my free time when I was younger, starting with books like Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, that opened up the ideas of fantasy worlds to me. Since then I’ve been writing on my own frequently, and reading helped shape what I would choose to do with my life, although I’m not exactly sure what that is yet.

Alli Kestler

Sports Writer

School: Augustana College
Major: Creative Writing, French, Political Science
Favorite Book: The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

My parents read to my sister and me all the time growing up, but when I was eight, I latched onto books (specifically, Erin Hunter’s Warrior Cats series) and wouldn’t let go. As I aged, I occasionally thought about how I wanted to be an architect like Annabeth in Percy Jackson, or how cool it would be to be a detective like Sammy Keyes or Amy and Dan Cahill from the 39 Clues books. Instead, in my middle school years, I decided that I wanted to write stories. Personally, reading has helped shape the ways in which I’m curious, empathetic, and thoughtful. I hope that reading continues to give me those traits, and I especially hope it continues to bring me joy.

Caroline Galdi

Writer

School: UNC Greensboro
Major: English
Favorite Book: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Reading has always been an integral part of my life. Freshman year, I was stuck in a major I hated, unsure of where to go, and the only piece of light in my life was the British literature course I’d taken as an elective. Every reading for that class enlightened me, and it was so gratifying to be able to take a close look at the literature and find meaning. Even though our readings had been written a century ago, I found myself connecting with the writers we read–names like Coleridge, Byron, and Wilde. It made me feel less alone, and I knew I’d be much happier surrounded by literature. I changed my major and I’ve never looked back.

Talia Marshall

Writer

School: American University
Major: Sociology and American Studies
Favorite Book: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein and In The Dream House, by Carmen Maria Machado

The first chapter book I read was part of the Rainbow Magic series, Indy the Indigo Fairy. I woke up early one morning to read it all in one sitting. When I first immersed myself in Indy the Indigo Fairy’s world, I realized just how powerful this strange decoding of letters that they call reading could be, and I haven’t wanted to stop since.

Paul Gordon

Writer

School: DePaul University
Major: International Studies
Favorite Book: Farewell to Arms by Hemingway

Reading has made me feel things I have not expressed in other venues of my life. “Farewell to Arms” was the first book that made me really feel something. It also opened the door for me to read classic novels and older literature as I saw that they were still relevant despite being written (sometimes) hundreds or thousands of years ago.

Paige Smith

Writer

School: University of Missouri – Columbia
Major: Bachelor of Health Science in Public Health
Favorite Book: Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

Reading has always been a safe haven for me from a very young age. I always enjoyed getting lost in other worlds. Reading has helped me through many difficult times throughout my life. It was incredibly helpful to read about people, whether fictional or not, who have gone through similar situations as I have. Reading has been incredibly influential to the way I live my life.

Signe Nettum

Writer

School: University of Iowa
Major: English and Creative Writing; Journalism and Mass Communication
Favorite Book: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Reading shaped my life from a young age. After years of reading countless books, I was inspired to take on an English degree with the vision of participating in library sciences once I graduated undergrad. My dream goal is to become a famous author, but spreading the love of books is just as fulfilling.

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