Gina Bannevich is the operations director at The Golden Key Center for Exceptional Children.
What is your guilty pleasure book?
Any Nicholas Sparks books. “The Guardian” (464 pages, 2003) is my favorite! I love any fashion-based books, primarily the how-to ones.
What book got you interested in your career?
It was a textbook that I read my second semester of my senior year—Intro to Marketing. Before then, I studied mass communications, and I realized when cracking open a boring old textbook—on marketing—that I wanted to do marketing.
What is the book that shocked you the most?
“The Story of Weight Watchers” by Jean Nidetch and Joan Rattner Heilman (164 pages, 1970). It is about the start of Weight Watchers and how Jean Nidetch found a need for healthy living outside the governmental guidelines. I would have never guessed that.
What book have you read more than once because you love it so much?
“The Guardian” by Nicholas Sparks (464 pages, 2003), and no joke, this is a serious answer, “What Not To Wear” by Susannah Constantine and Trinny Woodall (160 pages, 2003).
Do you have a go-to book for vacations?
No, I prefer a new book each trip. For my next vacation, I will be reading “The Magnolia Story” by Chip and Joanna Gaines (214 pages, 2016).
What is the last book that made you laugh out loud?
I read to my kids, and one my daughter and I recently read together was “Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook” by Barbara Park (82 pages, 1997).
What is the last book that made you cry?
“Wonder” by R.J. Palacio (322 pages, 2012) and “Louder than Words“ by Jenny McCarthy (232 pages, 2007).
Who is your favorite author and why?
Because I read so many books on autism or fashion or even how-to, I don’t really have a favorite author. I like many of the Nicholas Sparks books but after so many, it is the same story. That is why I like the biographies. I like change.
What is your go-to book recommendation?
I often am talking to families about the journey of autism, so I always recommend the very basic book “Autism Spectrum Disorders, Foundations and Characteristics” by E. Amanda Boutot and Brenda Smith Myles (310 pages, 2011).
What is a classic you tell people you’ve read but really haven’t?
It is funny because I am trying to think and I don’t have great recall on many things I read, especially classics. But my high school required us to read so many. … so I am not lying and I am typing this on National Honesty Day so I really am not lying. I have read “The Scarlet Letter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne (272 pages, 1850), “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Brontë (592 pages, 1847), “Don Quixote” by Miguel de Cervantes (928 pages, 1615), “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald (148 pages, 1925), “The Catcher in the Rye” by J. D. Salinger (277 pages, 1951), “The Lord of the Rings” by J. R. R. Tolkien (924 pages, 1954). Seriously, we had to read a lot in high school thanks to Mr. Jagunic.