CMS Bookmarks: Laura Francisco

​Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' district-wide commitment to literacy includes demonstrating literacy as well as teaching it. CMS Bookmarks is a weekly feature that looks at what our employees are reading. This week's reader is Laura Francisco, the chief of staff.

1. What are you reading now? 
I am a multi-book reader, so currently I am reading:

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. It is required reading for my ninth-grader, so I am previewing it.

Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle by The Countess of Carnarvon. I'm a Downton Abbey geek and a very special person gave this to me.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Better late than never!

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

The Bible, cover-to-cover. I'm only on Leviticus, but it's admittedly an intense read.

Moving to Charlotte by Harry Hoover

The 4 Disciplines of Execution by Chris McChesney, Sean Covey and Jim Huling. This is a book study for our leadership team.

2. What are you reading next?
I plan to read Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. It is also required reading for my ninth-grader and East of Eden by John Steinbeck, a classic I missed early on.

3. What's your favorite book of all time?
My favorite book is Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem by Maya Angelou. I picked it up and read it to my son one Christmas Eve about seven or eight years ago, having never read it before, and it completely floored me. Dr. Angelou's words about peace, hope and joy should be required reading for every human on the planet. I believe that today more than ever before.

4. What's your favorite time or place to read? 
Curled up in front of the fire or outside on the deck or porch, depending on the season.

For a list of book recommendations from all employees featured in CMS Bookmarks, check out the reading list.