Dr. B Asks, “What are you reading?”

“It’s something I have control of”

Article by Dr. Erika Behrisch Elce

First-year OCdt Rory Shaw (29134) took a few minutes between classes to chat about the book he’s currently enjoying: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Hound of the Baskervilles.

As a FYOP recruit and a first-year student, OCdt Shaw has only tiny shards of time to himself, but he reads when he can. Why the Sherlock Holmes mystery? “Actually,” OCdt Shaw smiles, “it’s kind of a gift. It was mistakenly added to the booklist of one of my courses, but I love Sherlock Holmes.” What’s great about the original Sherlock? “I like his methods, and I try to use them myself when I do my own work. I admire his process of deduction, his efficiency at getting rid of extraneous details, and his ability to focus on the task at hand.”

For OCdt Shaw, reading represents an important break from the rest of his life right now. “FYOP and schoolwork are keeping me really, really busy. Even if it’s only for a few minutes at the end of the day, having a little time for something that I choose to read makes a big difference mentally. It’s something I have control of.”

What are his all-time favourites? “That’s easy: Tolkien and George RR Martin.”

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