Remembering My Favorite Books for Read Across America Day 26 LETTERS, INFINITE STORIES
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Have you heard of Read Across America Day? If you
I wouldn’t trade that time out in nature for anything, but I’m definitely glad I got into reading as an adult. Today, most of what I read is nonfiction. I like that I can use books as a way to get inside the minds of people I admire and get mentorship from people I’ll probably never meet in person. It’s not very likely that I could sit on my couch
have young kids, then odds are you have. The gist of it is that every year on March 2 (which happens to be Dr. Seuss’s birthday), the National Education Association doubles down on its mission
at home with Warren Buffett or Elon Musk, for example, and hear their takes on life and business, but in reading their books, I get access to those insights. I think it’s really cool to learn from their mistakes, revel in their wins, and see what they’ve achieved without leaving my house. One of my all-time favorite books in that vein is “Poor Charlie’s Almanack” by Charlie Munger, one of Warren Buffet’s business partners. I loved reading about the lessons he learned over the years and finding out that while Buffet usually gets the spotlight, Munger is pulling strings behind the scenes. Apart from business books, I read a lot of biographies and autobiographies, but sometimes I’ll pick up a novel. One I really enjoyed was “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho. It’s an incredible adventure story following a shepherd boy named Santiago as he travels to the Egpytian pyramids looking for treasure. I enjoyed the book’s theme about finding your own destiny and the importance it put on having the right mindset. It teaches that while things are going to be difficult sometimes and smack you in the face, what’s important is finding ways to grow from those setbacks and discover how they’re preparing you for the future. It’s pretty rare that I read a book without finding a golden nugget or two of truth I can take and implement in my own life. Books have helped me grow a lot personally and professionally over the years. Sometimes I’ll be reading a book, and realize the author’s journey mirrors something I’m struggling with in my own life. Seeing how they got out of their situation can help me pivot and get out of mine. Sometimes I think of the old saying, “Every book you’ve ever read is just a different combination of 26 letters,” and it blows my mind. It’s incredible how many journeys those 26 letters have taken me on! Next time you call the office to place an order, if you get me or my wife Marah on the phone, don’t hesitate to drop a book recommendation on us. We’re always looking for new reads.
to connect kids with books that will inform, inspire, and uplift them by hosting events
across the country. It’s a fantastic initiative and one I fully support as an avid reader.
Seeing the news about Read Across America Day this year reminded me of my own childhood. When I was a little kid and my parents still read to me at bedtime, the book “The Little Engine That Could” was on repeat at our house. I really liked the message behind it and how it showed the power of a positive mindset. Funnily enough, once I grew out of bedtime stories, I didn’t read much until I became an adult, except in school. We lived in the country, so I was always outside playing or working in the garden. It was basically your classic American childhood (back before video games took over).
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