Sean joined the O’Fallon Public Library staff in April 2018. Here are some of his recommendations in both books and film:

“I’ve lived in O’Fallon my whole life. Coming to the library with my mom and sisters had always been a thing mainly because we’ve always lived within walking distance.

Pre-Covid Sean

Admittedly the biggest pull for me was the Laverna Evans Book-it Program because of the rewards.  The pizza was amazing and still is.

The first books I wanted to check out were about magic and ventriloquism. (I have succeeded in neither!) Since then, I have moved on to fiction only.

My favorite books are the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, which happen to be the first fiction books I chose to read that weren’t a school assignment.  I have read the series 14 times with no regrets.

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell series is a close second, followed by The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, and Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians.

The staff here is the best, and the majority of them have a super competitive side which is awesome.

Before the library, I had multiple jobs in many different fields. I ran a Martial Arts Studio, worked multiple retail jobs, four different restaurants, and two security jobs.

My most exciting/dangerous one was being a Security Officer in Richmond Heights. The highlight was I got to be private security for David Freese the year he hit it big. The low part of that job was being hit by a car – the driver’s intent to run me over. (Coolest thing to happen to me and they wouldn’t even let me have a copy of the footage!)

Needless to say, working here at the library is the safest and most fun job I’ve ever had.

Working here has also really aided in my hobbies, which consist of anime, manga, Video games and board games.  All of which are provided here at the library, and if they aren’t at ours, I can always order from another.

Manga and games have always been my thing; in grade school, I spent most of my time drawing anime characters.  Once high school came around, all my drawing time was completely replaced by video games.

Post-COVID Sean

Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare was my game. Whoever thinks that they were the best at the game hasn’t played me yet.  I absolutely lived for head-shotting someone across the map with an iron sights Skorpian SMG.

Hanging out with my high school friends and doing nothing but playing games against each other was the best – a lot simpler time, before bills.

Aside from anime, games, and books, I do have some TV shows that I can’t go without.

My number one show is Doctor Who. That show is the embodiment of inspiration, drama, and laughs. The cast is always amazingly picked, and the show hits all the right topics.

My second favorite show has got to be The Walking Dead. The show does hit some slow points every now and then, but what’s not to love about zombies eating people?

Movies are in a different direction for me; my all-time favorite movie is Black Knight with Martin Lawrence. I don’t know how many times I’ve watched it, but I can almost recite it while it’s playing.

I also recommend A Million Ways to Die in the West: A completely ridiculous and raunchy movie that is funny from start to finish. Written by, directed by and starring, Seth Macfarlane, The creator of Family Guy, American Dad, and The Orville.

A Million Ways to Die in the West, rated R, is packed full of top stars, such as Liam Neeson, Charlize Theron, and Neil Patrick Harris, and with cameos from Christopher Lloyd as Doc Brown and Ryan Reynolds as Ryan Reynolds.

It takes place in the wild west where there is law (maybe), justice (probably not), and comradery (sometimes). The movie starts with our “hero” Albert freshly getting dumped by his girlfriend, Amanda Seyfried.

Hitting a new low, he wallows in depression before meeting a mysterious new woman, Anna (Charlize Theron), and befriending her.

Their friendship turns to romance and gets it onto the radar of Anna’s outlaw husband Clinch (Liam Neesan) where Albert gets challenged to a duel in front of the whole town.

Not wanting to be known as a coward or to lose the woman he’s in love with, he steps up to the duel and brings a twist.

My favorite scene is when the character explains why ice blocks are so large. But I won’t spoil it for you here.

Hands down, A Million Ways to Die in the West is one of the best comedies around. From its cast to its story, it’s a fantastic movie.

Despite working in a library, I never really read. A coworker mentioned a title that sounded amazing yet sad – I Want to Eat Your Pancreas by Yoru Sumino.

When it came in, it was a novel. Again, I’m not the biggest reader, but after what I heard about it, I had to. So all my free time went to that book.

The writing was descriptive and painted a magnificent picture. It felt like this was a real person experiencing all the joys and sorrows that all people go through.

At no point did I think this couldn’t be taken as a work of non-fiction. When I got to the end of the book, I felt that I could truly relate to the main character as if it was me going through his loss.

I’ve seen really sad moments in some of my favorite movies recently with lasting quotes such as, “I am Iron Man.” Tony’s final words in Avengers Endgame or “James, earn this. Earn it.” Captain Miller’s final word to Ryan, in Saving Private Ryan.

But “I Want to Eat Your Pancreas” definitely lands in the top five. For an outside view, the quote sounds really gross and gives a misleading title, but if you’ve read or watched it, you’ll see that those six words hold so much meaning. 

The novel has the most misleading title I’ve ever heard of, but after reading it, I believe that I Want to Eat Your Pancreas was the best choice. The day I finished it, I immediately ordered the movie.

Shortly after the manga came in, I read that in one sitting. Since then, I’ve read about five more novels, some by Yoru Sumino and some by Makoto Shinkai. Not one of them has been a disappointment.”

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