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10 Books I Love and Why

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As an author, I’ve always believed that the best writers are also avid readers. The pages of countless books have opened doors to new worlds, sparked my imagination, and left lasting impressions on my heart. Today, I want to share with you a glimpse into my personal reading journey by revealing my top 10 favorite books and explaining what each of them means to me. These are not in any particular order, though I'm presenting a 'top 10' list of the books I love and why.

1. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

This masterpiece by Alice Walker is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit. It’s a story of love, empowerment, and the enduring strength of women. Through its powerful characters, it taught me about the importance of finding one’s voice and fighting for justice.

2. Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush by Virginia Hamilton

I still remember this book from middle school. This captivating young adult novel weaves a poignant tale of family, love, and the supernatural. It’s a book that ignited my passion for storytelling and showed me the magic that can be found in the ordinary.

3. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

Victor Hugo’s epic novel is a timeless classic that explores the themes of justice, redemption, and the human condition. It reminds me that even in the darkest of times, there is always hope for change and redemption.

4. When Words Collide by Bill Wilson, CPCU, ARM, AIM, AAM 

(Insurance Nerd Alert!) Okay, I admit it—this one’s a bit of an insurance nerd’s delight. But as someone deeply immersed in the world of insurance, it has been an invaluable resource. It’s a reminder that even the most complex subjects can be made accessible through clear communication.

5. You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero

This self-help book is a dose of motivation and a reminder that we have the power to transform our lives. It’s encouraged me to embrace my inner badass and pursue my dreams fearlessly.

6. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

Mark Manson’s book offers a refreshing take on self-improvement. It’s a reminder that it’s okay not to sweat the small stuff and to focus on what truly matters in life.

7. When Women Ruled the World by Kara Cooney

As a lover of history, this book opened my eyes to the remarkable achievements of female leaders in ancient Egypt. It’s a testament to the strength and resilience of women throughout history.

8. Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen

This eye-opening book challenges conventional historical narratives and encourages critical thinking. It reminds me of the importance of questioning the stories we’ve been told and seeking a deeper understanding of our past.

9. Black Fatigue by Mary-Frances Winters

Black Fatigue explores the impact of racial fatigue on Black Americans. It's a powerful call to action for a more inclusive and equitable world. It reinforces my commitment to social justice.

10.  A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn

This book offers a different perspective on American history—one that highlights the stories of ordinary people who shaped the nation. It's a reminder that history is made by individuals striving for change.

These books have left an indelible mark on my life, shaping my worldview, inspiring my writing, and reminding me of the power of words. I encourage you to explore these titles and discover the stories that resonate with you, for books have the remarkable ability to connect us to the past, inspire our present, and guide our future.

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