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A book that changed your opinion about something.

– Ari: The Life And Times Of Aristotle Onassis by Peter Evans.

Lying atop a pile of old newspapers carelessly strewn on the floor, then again watermarked and stained at the bottom of a drawer; I continually passed over this book for reading with a foolish disdain for biographies. Until one day, with nothing else to read I was finally forced to pick it up.

I remember very little about this book. And i’m quite sure that anything I could tell you would be found in a synopsis on the back cover. However, what I carry with me long afterwards is this… “That wasn’t so bad.” And I found that I didn’t hate biographies anymore.

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A character who you can relate the most to.

– Lily, from Second Chance {Book #2 of the A.D. Chronicles by Bodie & Brock Thoene}. It’s rare for me to fully identify with a character in a novel. It’s more the case that i’d relate to a challenge, their reaction or a certain character trait. So the depth to which I find I can relate to Lily’s situation came still stands as a surprise.

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A book that you wish more people would’ve read.

– Not a book, a genre. Biographies. I wish more people would read biographies.

I believe that there’s a lot you can learn from the life of another. Their great achievements, their failures, their regrets.

I believe that you don’t have to make all the mistakes yourself. We have the benefit of the guidance of those who’ve gone ahead and successfully (if not fantastically) made it through despite the odds.

To pick up a  biography of a life well led, is to be among the wise. And to find yourself in the company of those extraordinary men and women who throughout history have as Theodore Roosevelt so wisely put it “…actually strived to do the deeds, who have known great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spend themselves in a worthy cause; who at the best know in the end the triumph of high achievement,…

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A book you wanted to read for a long time but still haven’t.

– Go Big by Cory Cotton (of Dude Perfect). I stand in awe of what they do and how much they’ve been able to accomplish.

I’ve watched them play baseball trick shots, in 115 degree heat of the Mojave desert –  while drifting.

I’ve watched them hold a drone battle with Liam Hemsworth and Jeff Goldblum to promote the Independence Day Resurgence movie.

I’ve been entertained by a hilarious edition of movie theater stereotypes . (#TheSmuggler). And watched them ambush a man in a panda suit in a fun edition of nerf blasters. (…don’t even quite know what nerfs are).

Techno, house, poprock…their background songs are epic!

And I just want to know how. they. do. it.

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A book that makes you cry.

-Silas Marner by George Eliot.

Physical tears over works of fiction are few and far in between. However, no one brings out a character’s trials like George Eliot and I found that my heart went out to him in all the misunderstanding and his subsequent isolation.

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The first novel you remember reading.

– I don’t remember the first novel I ever read, but I do remember the books I enjoyed reading and I used to read in series! Sweet Valley High, Fear Street, The Baby Sitter’s Club, (and regrettably, in retrospect) Goosebumps. It’s funny how the authors names too remain with me to date; Beverly Clearly, Judy Blume, Francine Pascal, Anne M. Martin and R.L. Stine formed the staples of my childhood readings.