My Life In Books


My 8th grade math teacher and student council advisor challenged me more than any other teacher and he made me read See You At The Top by Zig Ziglar. In fact, it was required reading for every student council member and to insure that we were eliminating “stinkin’ thinkin”, as Mr. Ziglar called it, my advisor required us to keep a detailed journal of short-and long-term goals and challenged us to admit frailties and insecurities. My parents must have noticed a change for the better because they ended up reading the book too.

I started reading Are You There God, It’s Me, Margaret very early one Saturday morning when the smell of my father’s percolating coffee was filling the house. I finished it just in time to watch the Love Boat that evening. Besides Nancy Drew, it was the first time I really connected with a fictional character. Margaret was asking all of the questions that I had at that age. I personally don’t think any young girl should pass up this classic coming-of-age story. It was comforting to learn that I was not weird or abnormal for feeling the way that I did.


Many of you will figure that this is an odd choice for a young girl, but I grew up in a sports family, so its truly not. I came to read this book because I was pestering my older brother in that way only little sisters can. You see, my brother had a habit of staying up late watching reruns of Star Trek and I always tried to stay up with him. Usually I ended up falling asleep on the couch, however on this particular night he started watching the movie Brian’s Song and I was totally riveted. It was the first time I ever saw my brother cry, so the next day I begged him to take me to the bookstore to purchase the book the movie was based on and he did. I read it cover-to-cover in a matter of hours, literally. This was the moment I understood the power of unwavering friendship and I reset my bar higher. I still have that paperback copy of I Am Third, it is one of my most prized possessions.

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