Behind The Scenes

Summer Reading Series: Hannah Storm

(L-R) Hannah Storm, Taylor Twellman, Herculez Gomez and Max Bretos report from the set of SportsCenter on the Road prior to the 2017 El Clasico in Miami. (Rodrigo Varela/ ESPN Images)

SportsCenter anchor Hannah Storm is an avid reader. In fact, she never travels without a book. Also, she makes reading a family activity, often reading the same books as her three daughters.

In this installment of Front Row’s “Summer Reading Series,” Storm shares a few thoughts about her book collection – the photo in this post’s banner represents just a small portion of her library.

Right now I’m reading:
My Italian Bulldozer by Alexander McCall Smith. I recently went to Italy with my family, and a friend gave me the book. It’s about a food critic’s bad breakup and how he goes to Montalcino [in Tuscany] to finish his book and he serendipitously finds love again. The main character rents a car but ends up driving a bulldozer around town. The story was parallel to our experience, where we were and how we drove a 12-person, monster vehicle and had some crazy adventures.

Hannah Storm
(Nick Caito/ESPN Images)

When do you find time to read?
I read every night. Before I go to sleep, I put my phone away and read something that has nothing to do with sports. A book transports you to another place. Plus, all the travel I do, when the plane is taking off or landing, you really don’t have any kind of electronics so I always take a really good book. And I like real books, not from a tablet or anything like that. I’m always looking at a device or a computer, so the last thing I want to do is look at something electronic to relax. I love the feel of a book, finishing it and sharing it with somebody. I also like exchanging books with my friends. A great book is like a precious gift. When you read something you can’t wait to tell someone about it or give it to them.

What was your favorite reads this summer?
All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doer, a book one of my daughters took to camp this summer, and The Hamilton Affair, by Elizabeth Cobbs, a birthday gift from my youngest daughter.

Is there any book you find yourself going back to?
My favorite book is The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran. I found through time, I can always pick it up and just read. Those passages are still meaningful and true to this day. There are a couple inspirational books I go back to, but if I ever gave anyone a book it would be that.

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