Editor's note: This week's Page Turner reader interview is with Wendy Davis, a judge in the Allen Superior Court's Criminal Division.
“I guess I should be called a multidisciplinary reader. There isn't too much time for pleasure reading. However, over spring break, I did read two books.
“One is Sandra Day O'Connor's autobiography (“Lazy B”), which I had been wanting to read for a long time. It is inspiring. I would recommend it to any young person, especially those who say, 'I can't do it!' It's a pretty heavy read, starting with a humble beginning on a ranch in Arizona with her great family, then with her husband who is a great cheerleader. Her integrity can't be doubted!
“She is very smart and whittled her way through politics — judges who tried to bully her, among other things. I really respect her for her decisions. They are not based on politics but are good, wise decisions which show her integrity. Reading this book, you see how the Supreme Court works.
“I read Indiana Supreme Court cases and Appellate Court cases on a daily basis. I must keep up with those decisions.
“The other book I read during spring break is 'The Lucky One' (Nicholas Sparks). It is the sweetest story and has been made into a movie; I think it is in Fort Wayne now. It's a love story — as I said, very sweet and not super racy. I couldn't put it down.
“I need to be reading and listening to books. I'm also reading a lot of books for sixth graders. I read to a sixth-grade class on a regular basis. And my middle child is in the sixth grade. He and I read together every night. He reads one chapter, then I read the next. We've taken turns for a long time.
“We just finished 'The Chronicles of Narnia.' All three of my children have loved it. I think C.S. Lewis has written my children's favorites. I would push kids to read him.
“Yes, he (my son) and I read two Harry Potter books, the first two, and we took turns reading the chapters in those. My eighth-grade daughter is a terrific reader; I don't read with her on a daily basis: I use flash cards with her, something she likes and a good experience. My 6-year-old is in kindergarten, and he brings home his school readers, which he reads to me.
“My favorite book — the Bible, which I resort to to find answers. It is full of wisdom, teaches humility, character building. It is a book to guide me.”