hmmm. That is an interesting one.<br><br>
In highschool there were a handful of books that i was, for a lack of a better word, obsessed with. Some of them are pretty obvious ones, like <b>Catcher in the Rye</b>, but there were a few others that i think were crucial to my high school experience and coming of age.<br><br>
The first would be <b>Bret Easton Ellis</b> and my obsession with him and his books. This obsession made me almost want to go to Bennington and follow in his footsteps, but i digress.<br><b>American Psycho, Rules of Attraction, Less than Zero, The Informers</b><br><br>
Then the other obvious-- <b>The Bell Jar</b> <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> as well as her complete works and many biographies i read on her.<br><br><b>Ethan Frome</b> is another book that i was enthralled by and reread many, many times.<br><br>
As an adult, a few books have had a strong effect on my life.<br><br><b>The Food Revolution</b> is one. It really put a lot of evidence and research behind how i had been living my life since a young teenager.<br><br><b>To The Edge</b>, this book i have read many, many times. It is written by <b>Kirk Johnson</b>, who is a NY Times journalist who reported on the Badwater 135 mile race. His book chronicles his journey from non-runner and reporter, to Badwater runner and finisher (in like a year!!) it is an amazing and inspiring journey and every time i read it, i feel like i get a step closer to my goal of running and completing that race.<br><br>
The <b>Lonesome Dove</b> series, which included a prequel as well. That series, as well as "the <b>Last Picture Show</b>" series, both by <b>Larry McMurtry</b>, were just incredible journeys for me. In both series, it follows the lives of people all the way into their older age and to death. As someone in their mid-20s when reading those series, they were really enlightening to me.