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“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.” – James Baldwin
Do you love reading? I do. In fact, I’ve always loved reading books. I don’t really have a favorite genre because I’ve found I enjoy historical literature, biography, drama, science fiction, poetry, romance, fiction, non-fiction, mystery, and (of course) all things children’s literature.
I realized this morning after finding this photo on Twitter asking people to name a book that has inspired them that I couldn’t name just one book. When considering this question closely, lots of great books came to mind. For instance, I love anything by Austen and Bronte. My favorite book as a child was E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. There were two pivotal book for me as a teen: Zora Neale Hurtson’s Their Eyes Were Watching God and Nella Larsen’s Quicksand & Passing. I also love (and have read multiple times) Alice Walker’s The Color Purple. Other all-time favorites are Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom, Intruder in the Dust, and As I Lay Dying. Each of these books influenced and shaped my life. There hasn’t been a time in my life when reading was important and I hope there never will be. Which books have influenced your life? tlb