A person’s favorite book, or books, can tell a lot about who they are and who they might become, especially when that person becomes extremely successful. The type of books a person reads throughout his or her life can have a great influence on that person’s future. Or is it possible that a successful person would have read a certain book no matter what?
Let us know what your favorite or most important book is thus far. Do you think what people read can influence who they will become? Here are a few:
President Barack Obama: President Obama’s favorite books are listed on his Facebook page and are as follows: “Song of Solomon” by Toni Morrison, “Moby-Dick” by Herman Melville, “Parting the Waters: America in the King Years” by Taylor Branch, “Gilead” by Marilynne Robinson, and “Self-Reliance” by Ralph Waldo Emerson. He also enjoys reading the Bible, Shakespeare’s tragedies, and Lincoln’s collected writings.
Oprah: “To Kill a Mockingbird” is her “favorite book of all time.” Zora Neal Hurston’s “Their Eyes Were Watching God” is her “favorite love story of all time.” Other favorites include Maya Angelou’s “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” and Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye.”
Bill Gates: In his Reddit AMA, Gates stated that his favorite book in the last 10 years was “The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined” by Steven Pinker. He noted, “It’s a long but profound look at the reduction in violence and discrimination over time.” Another favorite is Salinger’s “The Catcher in the Rye.”
Madeleine Albright: Albright has lots of favorites. Some of these include “Sister Carrie,” by Theodore Dreiser, “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen, “Love in the Time of Cholera” by Gabriel García Márquez, and “Cry the Beloved Country” by Alan Paton.
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Be sure to share with us some of the books you feel have had the strongest impact in your life. We are looking forward to your comments.