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It made me think

On the blog, Thoughts of a Square Peg in a Round World (, he posted the top ten books that influenced him the most. It inspired me so I wrote down my top ten. It wasn't easy because I looooooooove to read. So thanks Square Peg for making me think and pare down it down to the ten essentials.

My ten most influential books:

1. Nancy Drew series—These books made me questions things. I truly believe they are what led me to journalism.
2. Winter Girls--Laurie Halse Anderson—This book illustrates how it feels to be anorexic. A lot of things in this book that the main character felt is how I feel sometimes but am afraid to say out loud.
3. The Real James Dean—John Gilmore—I found this book when I was in high school. And because of it, I became a lifelong fan of James Dean.
4. Joy of Cooking—Before journalism and anorexia took over my life. I wanted to be a chef. I wanted to prepare every recipe in this book for my grandmother. I didn’t prepare them all but the ones I did were worth it.
5. Carrie—Stephen King—As someone who didn’t fit in with my family or others, this book spoke to me. Stephen King is one messed up writer.
6. Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide by Kay Redfield Jamison—This book has kept me from going over the edge many many times.
7. Green Eggs and Ham—Dr. Seuss—This is my son’s favorite book. He loves for me to read it. Everytime I see it, it reminds that I am helping to create a lifelong reader.
8. The Bible—My grandmother was a deacon in my church growing up. When she got sick, I read the Bible to her because it gave her much comfort.
9. Community Journalism: the Personal Approach—Jock Lauterer—This book inspires me to be a better journalist. All reporters should read this book. I actually have met him several times and he lives what writes. Without the community, there is no newspaper.
10. Meditations--Marcus Aurelius—One of my roommates in college has a bookwith some of his writings in it. This quote has always stood out: Whatever happens to you has been waiting to happen since the beginning of time. The twining strands of fate wove both of them together: your own existence and the things that happen to you. I always think of this quote.

Daily Dose

1. A good bowl of mashed potatoes goes a long way when your nauseous.

2. I am getting closer and closer to getting my car back.

3. I finally finished my last two best of the best stories.


  1. Thanks again for commenting on my blog. I'm glad that you decided to make a post from your comment. Your list was too good to leave lying in the obscurity of the comments of my blog!

    Thanks for mentioning my blog, too!


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