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Read to Succeed

LEARN NEW WAYS TO SUCCEED AS A READER

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Angela Fairchilds
Dr. Angela Fairchilds: WCC President
Dr. Angela Fairchilds: WCC President
A Favorite Book: Rudyard Kipling’s The Just So Stories

My chosen book is The Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling. As I child, I was an avid reader and could lose myself in the pages of a book for hours. Kipling was always a favorite because he could whisk me away in my imagination to the jungles of Africa to such places as “.....the edge of the great, grey-green, greasy Limpopo River, all set about with fever trees.” I have remembered this particular line from a story for over 45 years and it still conjures up a vision in my mind that I first imagined at the age of ten. That is powerful!

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Annie Revell
Annie Revell, EOPS Assistant
Annie Revell, EOPS Assistant
A Favorite Book: Alice Walker’s The Color Purple

I love to read because there is nothing more powerful than words. They have the ability to help, hurt, uplift, soothe, inspire, teach, meditate, etc…. Reading can broaden your knowledge on a wide range of subjects and it’s always personal to you; based on your perceptions, thoughts, feelings, etc… There is nothing that stands in the way between you and words on a page. Through the power of words, we can visit the past or the future, alternate universes, or travel to different/exotic locations real or imagined. By letting your imagination run wild, picturing the settings and what the characters look like in your head, reading is like filming/watching a movie in your mind. Why do I love to read? Because the possibilities found in books are endless. Why do I love the novel, “The Color Purple”? The Color Purple is a series of letters written by a southern black woman (Celie), reflecting a history of oppression and abuse suffered at the hands of the men. The novel charts Celie’s resistance to the oppression surrounding her, and the liberation of her existence through positive and supportive relations with other women. To me, this book displays the African American woman’s strength, endurance, and resourcefulness in confronting – and overcoming – oppression in their lives and the survival and liberation of black women through the strength and wisdom of others. This novel depicts the struggle of black women throughout history to maintain an essential spirituality and creativity in their lives, and their achievements serve as an inspiration to others. I really appreciate the sisterhood that you watch develop and the affirmation that even the most abused person can transform herself.

LEARN NEW WAYS TO SUCCEED AS A READER

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Cay Strode
Cay Strode: WCC Professor of English & Reading
Cay Strode: WCC Professor of English & Reading
A Favorite Book: Jimmy Santiago Baca’s A Place to Stand

Jimmy Santiago Baca is one of my writing heroes. An award-winning writer of poetry, short stories, and essays, Baca is probably most famous as the screenwriter for a film about gangs in East Los Angeles, Blood In, Blood Out. This memoir, A Place to Stand, tells his story: from a tough childhood to his eventual five year stint in a maximum security prison at the age of 21. Ultimately, this book shows us Baca’s journey out of illiteracy. It is in prison that Baca discovers books and his own gifts as a wr iter. He writes, “I was comforted by the thought that I was bigger than my box….I was a witness, not a victim. I was a witness for those who for one reason or another would never have a place of their own, would never have the opportunity to make their lives stable enough because resources weren’t available or because they just could not get it together. For those people, my journals, poems, and writings are home. My pen and heart chronicle their hopes, doubts, regrets, loves, despairs, and dreams…My r ole as witness is to give voice to the voiceless and hope to the hopeless, of which I am one.” I love Baca’s descriptions of being lifted out of his life by the books he reads because, like him, I find that reading a good book widens my world and opens my eyes: new places, new time periods, unfamiliar sights and experiences. Reading entertains and inspires!

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Cherri Porter
Cherri Porter: WCC English Instructor
Cherri Porter: WCC English Instructor
A Favorite Book: Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail is the best of both worlds for me: it has the narrative drive of fiction and the cultural and natural history of non-fiction. Travel writer Bill Bryson leads the reader on the real-life adventures of two middle-aged, overweight and out of shape friends who attempt to walk the Appalachian Trail—all 2181 miles of it! Very quickly it becomes clear how unprepared they are for such a task, and yet they still get up every morning and they walk the trail. For weeks they eat pasta for dinner, because Katz tosses their protein over a cliff in a tantrum! (The protein made a more satisfying thud when it landed, Katz explains.)

As a history nerd, the information interspersed with the narrative, about the birth of the national parks system and the natural landscapes of the trail, was a treat. However, my favorite part of the book is the wry exasperation with which narrator Bill Bryson describes his companion and their awkward friendship. I especially enjoy the audio, in which Bryson reads with an accent that is part Iowa and part British Isles. Bryson’s clear affection for his lumbering partner really shines in the audio version.

Why I read is simple: I like to know things. As a child, I felt under-informed about the world and ignorant about things that seemed important to people I liked. The reading habit has empowered me, as learning about the world was in my control. I learned that I can figure stuff out from books. I like figuring stuff out and reading is my tool for making that happen.

LEARN NEW WAYS TO SUCCEED AS A READER

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Chris Howerton
Christopher J. Howerton: WCC Professor of Communication Studies
Christopher J. Howerton: WCC Professor of Communication Studies
A Favorite Book: Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City

“Always have something fun to read.” This advice was given to me by a former mentor while I was an undergraduate student at the University of Memphis. My mentor warned me that as I engaged in more academic reading and research that I would start to look at reading as a “chore” or as “work”. It is imperative to balance this form of critical reading with an investment of time toward appreciative or “fun” reading. This equilibrium is important to be a successful reader. Even now I keep a “book for fun” on my iPad so I’m always ready when time allows. Personally, I have always been drawn to books that are descriptive, witty, and/or offer a unique perspective to everyday observations. The autobiographical short-story narratives of Augusten Burroughs or David Sedaris are good examples, and their books pepper my personal bookshelves. Also, Gregory Maguire’s reinterpretation of childhood classics has been entertaining. However, one of my all-time favorite series of books is Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City. This series originated as a groundbreaking San Francisco newspaper serial in the 1970’s and now over 35 years later Maupin is still adding new volumes inspired by the original characters. He is able to skillfully write complex character and situations that are fully realized, and blends a discussion of identity development/discovery with social commentary. It’s through the flaws in his characters that the books come alive. Finally, most chapters in these books are quick to read. Many I have read in less than 10 minutes! Although, my mentor’s advice is almost two decades old…it still holds true and I’m grateful. For Information regarding the Tales of the City series and/or the author Armistead Maupin please visit the following site: http://www.armisteadmaupin.com/

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Danny Arambula
Danny Arambula, WCC student
Danny Arambula, WCC student
A Favorite Book: J. R. R. Tolkein’s The Hobbit

Reading opens your mind to a whole new world, where reality is just a memory and fantasy is huge and breathe taking. I love story over anything, the kind of story that grabs you and throws you into it as if you’re the main character.

LEARN NEW WAYS TO SUCCEED AS A READER

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Dena Martin
Dena Martin, WCC Librarian
Dena Martin, WCC Librarian
A Favorite Book: Daphne DuMaurier’s Rebecca

A favorite book of mine is Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier. It is a mash-up of two of my favorite genres, chick lit and suspense. The story is about the second wife to Maxim DeWinter who battles the memory of the first wife, a loyal-to-the-first-wife housekeeper, a secretive, silent husband, and the suspense that surrounds them. Reading is valuable because it gives you means to escape, educate, and understand yourself (and others). You know a book is a great book for you when you miss the characters after you finished reading it. If this hasn’t happened to you, keep trying; there are books out there that will.

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Donna Bahneman
Donna Bahneman, WCC Human Services Instructor
Donna Bahneman, WCC Human Services Instructor
A Favorite Book: Anne Rice’s Vampire Lestat

I have always believed reading was important. It improves your ability to write, develop sentences, and improves your spelling while allowing you to take a journey with your imagination. I began reading the Anne Rice Vampire Series and found that this increased my want to read. It doesn’t matter what you enjoy reading; just read.

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Donna McGill-Cameron
Donna McGill-Cameron, WCC Business, Health, and Physical Ed Instructor
Donna McGill-Cameron, WCC Business, Health, and Physical Ed Instructor
A Favorite Book: IQ84

I am currently reading 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami. The story itself revolves around the existence of a parallel reality, with the title referring to George Orwell’s novel 1984. I am using the Kindle App on my Iphone since the entire book checks in at over 900 pages. Despite the length, you will definitely find it hard to put down once you start reading.

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Elizabeth Orozco
Elizabeth Orozco, WCC student
Elizabeth Orozco, WCC student
A Favorite Book: Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire

I enjoy reading vampire books, and this book hooked me the moment I started reading; it has great detail and was suspenseful and sad. I enjoy reading because it’s like escaping reality for a little bit.

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Greg Gassman
Greg Gassman, WCC History Instructor
Greg Gassman, WCC History Instructor
A Favorite Book: Jeff Shaara’s The Glorious Cause

I love to read because reading is my own special time for visiting interesting places and learning about amazing events.

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Jolene Torres
Jolene Torres (Brown), WCC Reading Instructional Associate
Jolene Torres (Brown), WCC Reading Instructional Associate
A Favorite Book: Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude

My favorite book is One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The first time I heard about this book I was in an English 1A course at my community college and my English teacher was leading a discussion about people’s favorite books. She suggested One Hundred Years of Solitude and said of the book "this is the one book that every person on the planet should read to understand what it is to be human." At the time I felt that her assessment of the book had to be over rated--no book could b e so important! A few years later I found the book at a thrift store and decided to give it a read and was not disappointed.

One Hundred Years of Solitude is the story of a family over the course of one hundred years. The story, however, is so much more than that, as it grapples with themes of all things human: love, hate, loyalty, trust, family, children, warfare, cooperation, morality, crime...all things that make us who we are. This book is an experience and when it ended, I’ll admit that I was sobbing--not because it’s a terrible or even sad ending--but because the end of this book felt as though I was losing a part of my family and I didn’t want it to end. Reading is, and should be, and emotional experience. Even the most "boring" texts can add color to your world if you allow them to, giving you new insight to your surroundings, history, emotions, thoughts and, your very existence.

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Kevin Ferns
Kevin Ferns, WCC English Instructor
Kevin Ferns, WCC English Instructor
A Favorite Book: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

What’s not to love about a story that combines swanky parties, bootlegged liquor, jealousy, unrequited love, revenge, murder, and the demise of the American Dream? Even though it was written almost 100 years ago, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is surprisingly accessible to today’s reader. I first read the novel for an English class when I was in high school, but every few years I find myself drawn back to this masterpiece, and my experience reading it each time is unique. Sure, I plan to watch the newest film adaptation by Baz Luhrmann when it releases in 2013, but no matter how good the movie is, I know one thing: It won’t be as much fun as reading the book.

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Matt Clark
Matt Clark, WCC Math & Statistics Instructor
Matt Clark, WCC Math & Statistics Instructor
A Favorite Book: Neil Gaiman’s Season of Mists

I enthusiastically recommend any of Neil Gaiman’s works. The Sandman series (Season of Mists - by my shoes in the photo - is the fourth in a set of ten graphic novels that contain the entire collection) is an amazing mix of mythology, classical literature, historical drama, and contemporary fiction. Gaiman blends his own mythology seamlessly with Norse mythology, Greek mythology, and others to create a dark fantasy that is simultaneously disturbing and enthralling. His novels (e.g., American Gods, N everwhere, Good Omens) are page turners; his collections of short stories (e.g., Smoke and Mirrors ) are fascinating in their breadth; his children’s books (e.g., Coraline) have won Newbery medals, Hugo awards, and Nebula awards. In all of his works he creates worlds that draw you in, sometimes to be amazed, sometimes to be terrified, but always to be captivated.

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Monica Chahal
Monica Chahal, WCC English Instructor
Monica Chahal, WCC English Instructor
A Favorite Book: Stephen Greenblatt’s The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

Reading transports me. It takes me to new places and gives me new ideas and fresh perspectives without even having to leave my own home. My world would be much smaller without it.

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Nancy Flores
Nancy Flores, Campus Operations Specialist, WCC Colusa County Outreach Facility
Nancy Flores, Campus Operations Specialist, WCC Colusa County Outreach Facility
A Favorite Book: Luis J. Rodriguez’s Always Running

One of my favorite books is Always Running by Luis J. Rodriguez. The reason why I like this book is because I can connect with some of the events of the main character’s life. Reading is important in my life because it allows me to learn new things and it allows me to escape from reality.

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Nelida Gonzalez-Diaz
Nelida Gonzalez-Diaz, WCC EOPS Specialist
Nelida Gonzalez-Diaz, WCC EOPS Specialist
A Favorite Book: Jean Auel’s Earth’s Children series

I chose a book by Jean M. Auel, the author of Earth’s Children, a series of six historical fiction novels. The books focus on the period of co-existence between Cro-Magnons and Neanderthals. The story is about a lost girl named Ayla who is raised by a tribe of Neanderthals and as a young adult goes out in search of the “Others,” her own kind. Reading brings me a lot of joy as it offers an opportunity to relax and completely disengage.

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Nicolette Jimenez
Nicolette Jimenez, WCC student
Nicolette Jimenez, WCC student
A Favorite Author: Jodi Picoult

I love to read. I think the reason I love to read is because it takes me to a different place. Sometimes if I am just not having a great day I know I can open a book and just for a little while escape from whatever is troubling me.

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Nili Kirschner
Nili Kirschner: WCC Professor of Sociology
Nili Kirschner: WCC Professor of Sociology
A Favorite Book: Ira Levin’s This Perfect Day

One of my favorite books is This Perfect Day by Ira Levin. It is a science fiction novel that takes place in a future that seems utopian, but also has a dark side. The thing I love about this book is that it really makes you think outside the box about society and how the world could be different, for better or for worse. Unfortunately this book is out of print and hard to find, so my battered old copy is very precious to me. Why do I love to read? Sometimes it is for information, and sometimes it is f or relaxation, but it always provides inspiration!

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Noel Bruening
Noel Bruening, WCC English Instructor
Noel Bruening, WCC English Instructor
A Favorite Book: The Pluto Files

I love to read about science. Through books like The Pluto Files, the universe opens up, comes to life, and reveals itself. Our 9th rock from the sun gives us clues to the Big Bang. Reading a book like this helps me discern science facts from fiction.

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Pat Wheeler
Patricia Wheeler, WCC Philosophy Instructor
Patricia Wheeler, WCC Philosophy Instructor
A Favorite Book: James Lee Burke’s Creole Belle

Reading has always been an important part of my life. Books boost me in hard times and delight me in good times. and I never leave home without one. This book, “Creole Belle” is by a favorite author, award winner James Lee Burke, who writes crime novels. His characters are unforgettable, and his titles are irresistible. “The Lost Get Back Boogie”, “Cadillac Jukebox” and “Neon Rain” are just a few that caught me. I spend lots of time with my “nose in a book”, as my dad often said, but I make no apologies for being good to myself!

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Paul Contini
Paul Contini: WCC Maintenance & Operations
Paul Contini: WCC Maintenance & Operations
A Favorite Book: John Grisham’s Playing for Pizza

I’m enjoying reading a novel by John Grisham called Playing for Pizza. The story follows Rick Dockery, third string quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, who is cut from the team because of his performance. He then goes to Parma, Italy to play for the Panthers. He finds it is not so easy to get along in Italy, yet finds food, friends, and a place he can call home. I like this book because it reminds me of my honeymoon in Italy. For me, reading is great because it opens the mind to new ideas, allows me to think in depth, and also gives me a chance to sit down and relax!

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Rudy Besikof
Rudy Besikof, WCC Dean of Instruction & Learning Resources
Rudy Besikof, WCC Dean of Instruction & Learning Resources
A Favorite Book: Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point

Reading provides opportunities for growth and empowerment as well as invaluable chances to experience others’ perspectives. Gladwell’s The Tipping Point is a special book to me because it does all of these things while making the concept of leadership more tangible. Books such as this one make people see their own capacities to lead and bring about positive change.

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Alex Morach
Alex Morach, WCC Student
Alex Morach, WCC Student
A Favorite Book: J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit

Few authors are as talented at storytelling as J.R.R. Tolkien. His prelude to The Lord of the Rings series is full of beautifully described scenery, amazing adventure, and great characters. It’s a joy to read and is a great way to start reading Tolkien’s other works.

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Caitlin McElwee
Caitlin McElwee, WCC Student
Caitlin McElwee, WCC Student
A Favorite Book: Joanne Harris’s Five Quarters of the Orange

Five Quarters of the Orange is told by an old woman, Framboise Dartigen, who is recounting the troubling events of her childhood. The story is set on a farm during the German occupation of France in WWII. It is an intriguing tale following the life of Framboise and her two siblings being raised by a very harsh mother. The children run wild and get involved in risky situations. It is an intertwined story of black-market trading, scandal, heartbreak, and mystery that keeps your attention until the very end. I would recommend this book to anyone who has had family struggles, dealt with shame and embarrassment, or ever had a desire to hide the past. It is a dark story with a bitter sweet ending, but in my opinion is a definite must read!

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Jose Ramirez
Jose Garcia Ramirez, WCC Student
Jose Garcia Ramirez, WCC Student
A Favorite Book: Sendas Literarias

Some popular Latin American short stories that I enjoy reading and re-reading come from very famous Hispanic writers such as Sandra Cisneros, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Rosaura Sanchez, Julio Ramon Ribeyro, and Jim Sagel among others. Through their short stories, I’ve had the opportunity to take a look inside myself in order to understand and comprehend my feelings, positions in life, my actions, ideas, and opinions. Short stories such as “Raining Backwards”, “When I Was a Puerto Rican”, “3 Generations”, and “Egg Shoes” have taken me to meet different and unknown worlds, yet intriguing and marvelous. In my opinion, these short stories resemble a great variety of perspectives that reflect one’s feelings and thoughts from the point of view of each character in the vast variety of cultures in the Hispanic world, but who, at the same time, are universal characters. In addition, I’ve had the great chance to explore the different themes both interesting and relevant to me and I’m sure everyone - themes such as justice, love, solidarity, friendship, melancholy, and family relationships. I just found that in each reading I’ve found a different approach in meaning about life itself. I now realize that reading isn’t boring, like I used to think. There is always something within the books that sooner or later will catch you for good. I strongly recommend others to read any short story from these authors if you are on the road of self-discovery. I, myself, have encountered the joys of walking along their literature.

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Karen Birtwistle
Karen Birtwistle, WCC Student
Karen Birtwistle, WCC Student
A Favorite Book: Carolyn Keene’s Nancy Drew

Nancy Drew was one of the first books that inspired me to read. To this day she still inspires me; in fact, Nancy Drew is still my favorite book to pick up and read when I need to escape. I was always able to relate to her character: that inquisitive mind, wonderful curiosity, and that adventurous side of her that kept me knowing I could be Nancy Drew some day. I am. Never be afraid to read a book from childhood because that’s where it all started.

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Karen Birtwistle
Kirsten Cantrell, WCC Student
Kirsten Cantrell, WCC Student
A Favorite Book: Kelley Armstrong’s The Summoning

Who would want to read a book about a girl who can communicate with the dead? A few years ago, I specifically picked up this book due to its cover. An associate happened to be nearby and she told me that it will literally have you demanding more. She was right! It’s full of everything you can think of: mad doctors, supernatural beings, thrills, chills, betrayal, and friendship. In short, it’s about a girl who suddenly has the power to talk and see ghosts. She is taken as a schizophrenic and is placed into a group home for unstable teens. As her days go by, she starts to have great suspicions about the home and the staff that work there. And it’s up to her and the other teens, who aren’t what they seem either, to break out. I recommend this book because it gives you a bit of everything in the genre category. I could not put this down until I finished it that day. This book will cling to you in a heartbeat.

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Marie Robles
Marie Robles, WCC Student
Marie Robles, WCC Student
A Favorite Book: Nicholas Sparks’ The Guardian

The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks is one of my favorite books. I like it because it combines two of my favorite genres - romance and thrillers. This novel is different than the rest of Sparks’ novels. It is a love story but with a twist. It’s suspenseful, intriguing, and breathtaking. It’s a story of betrayal, obsession, and love. I would highly recommend this novel.

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Robert Clark
Robert Clark, WCC Student
Robert Clark, WCC Student
A Favorite Book: Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged

Atlas Shrugged is a book that might intimidate you by its length. But it is a riveting story that reads fast. I enjoyed the strong characters who displayed their individualism. Of course, that is what makes capitalism succeed! I’m not really sold on Ayn Rand’s philosophy, but I like her stories.

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Sara Wachter
Sara Wachter, WCC Student
Sara Wachter, WCC Student
A Favorite Book: Patrick Lindsay’s Now Is the Time

Being a working fulltime student, I miss the long novels that would send me into far away places and engage me in a few hours of bliss. I like how it takes only a couple of minutes in the morning to inspire me to make the moments perfect throughout the day. In a few quick passages each day, it renews the imagination in my heart and mind to explore the gift of life. This insightful book reminds me to embrace the journey, not the destination.

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Giovanni Zermeno
Giovanni Zermeno, WCC Student
Giovanni Zermeno, WCC Student
A Favorite Book: Phillip Jose Farmer’s Riverworld series

Be careful what you read; it might accidentally improve your reading and writing skills. Reading can positively corrupt your mind and restructure your imagination, but you might catch a deadly virus called the reading virus. If your friends or family members are reading a book and you must force them to put their book down this is a sign that he or she is infected and they might mutate into a reading zombie if they continue reading. The depressing part is the fact that there is no permanent cure for this virus. There is only a temporary cure, but the virus will always return. It is so sad to watch your best friend turning into a reading zombie. The virus is everywhere and you cannot escape it. The best part is the English teachers or professors will try to influence you to read. I was also infected with this virus when I read Phillip Jose Farmer's Riverworld series. The book expanded my mind as if I just woke up into a new world and found myself reborn. Warning: virus can only be spread by reading many books.

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