Amanda Carbajal

Amanda Carbajal had a hard time narrowing down her favourite books but explains that two of her favourites are ones that remain in her mind even after having read them. “One of my favourites would be And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, just because it is very well written, and it keeps you guessing the whole way until the end – until you read the conclusion and I really like that about her books. And, another one I really like is The Cry of the Icemark by Stuart Hill, I read it when I was much younger as a teenager and it’s something I go back to over and over again. It has a very strong but relatable female character in it. So she’s 14-year-old girl who’s in a very real situation where her father, who is the king of this land, has passed away and now she’s facing and trying to deal with the impending war that’s coming into the country. It’s got a lot of fantasy aspects as well, but she doesn’t manage to just go through it and pull together and say ‘yes! This is what we’re gonna do!” She has moments where she’s very vulnerable and frail and confused about what she’s gonna do next, but she still manages to pull it together in the end. “ Photo by Justina Elise Deardoff