Why I read the same two books every year

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This is my confession, circa Usher 2004 (Just when I thought I said all I could say…you know that jam, right?):

Every December, I read the same two books. Kind of weird? Perhaps. Meaningful? I’d like to think so. The reason? I haven’t found two other books more poetic, inspiring, whimsical, or beautiful. I take a week or two in December, right around Christmas, to read through these beauties. I’ve been doing it for a few years now and it continues to be great fun.

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Rethinking Fear

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I’ve been reading some remarkable success stories lately, and there is a common theme tying them all together: the importance of facing your fears. Throughout history, every great success is preceded by someone’s firm decision to not give up, even in the midst of crippling doubt and paralyzing fear.

At some point, these strong and deliberate individuals made the choice to not fold or cower or shrink back, but to face their fear head on. The rest, as they say, is history.

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A Year of Fiction

urlAccording to Goodreads, most of my book choices usually fall under the Non-Fiction category. I tried to change that up this year, challenging myself to read more fiction. In fact, I read more fiction this past year than anything else. I learned a ton and recaptured a love of story in new and profound ways.  Here is a list of my favorite fiction books I read in 2013:

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