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Books are like a great pair of sneakers. They fit you really well then years later they might no longer be useful but you know at one point they carried you. When I think of my favorite books they are linked to the personal events unfolding at the time of reading, so although my book tastes change, some of these are impossible to forget.
  1. The Glass Castle
    I remember a reviewer saying that some people are great writers and some have fascinating lives — Jeannette Walls has both. After reading this book I decided rather than just improving my writing, I needed to do something exciting because my personal experiences thus far had been quite vanilla.
  2. The Girl on the Train
    This, I would say, is my favorite book of the past year. Once I started I couldn't stop, and needed to be done in a matter of days. It still had enough depth that I lent it to a friend so we could discuss once she was finished.
  3. The War of Art
    I read this book when I first started working on ReadThisNext! It is what taught me to think of ideas as tangible beings with a mind of their own—you have to breathe life into them but eventually they'll start walking on their own. That has definitely been the case.
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