What’s your favorite book?

My earliest memory of books was in grade one. I saved my allowance to pay for my book addiction. Back in the early 1970’s a book from the school book club cost between 15 to 25 cents. That was a small price for me to pay even at the tender age of 7 years.

I prayed on the school library for other books. The librarian questioned me at first about how many books I could read in a week since I always had an armload. We had a bit of a struggle for a few weeks and then she succumbed to my relentless nature and my love of the written word.

I remember the door to door salesman pitching his encyclopedia Britannica to my parents. I don’t remember what they cost, but for my parents it was a huge amount of money I believe. I waited with bated breath and prayed that my Mum and Dad would buy them for me and they did! I was the happiest 12 year old on the planet!

I read them from front to back. I wanted to know everything!

I read the bible from old to new testament when I was 13 years old.

Reading for me was an escape into all these different incredible worlds. It helped my grades, made me a more well rounded student and kept me out of trouble.

I started reading to my children as soon as they were born. It helped them both to become better students. It also taught them to learn new things. They are both avid readers and I am so happy about that! They have a very eclectic taste in books and have a well rounded knowledge of the world. I think fiction can also heighten creativity with new ideas about what the world could be like.

If you aren’t an avid reader that’s okay. It’s never too late!

Here are some suggestions of books to read:

For business:

  • The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz
  • Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
  • Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins
  • Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim, Renee Mauborgne

For Self Enhancement:

  • The 4 Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
  • The Happiness Project by Gretchen Ruben
  • The Book of Awesome by Neil Pasricha
  • The Art of Happiness by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
  • The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

I have a far more extensive list than this but it’s a start.

Books are very expensive so remember to check your local library or thrift store. I purchased Blue Ocean Strategy at a thrift store for $3.99 and it retails for $30.00.

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies . . . The man who never reads lives only one.” – George R.R. Martin

So grab a book, a cup of coffee and fill your mind with words!

Please feel free to comment on this post letting me know what your favorite book is!

Gayle Impey

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