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I love to read. Maybe it was all of the Reading is Fundamental commercials that I was inundated with as a child (remember those, R.I.F), but I can’t get to sleep at night without a good book. If it’s an especially good book, then I really won’t be able to get to sleep. Books connect people, or polarize people, and most of all, educate people. Happily, many of the gals that work at Urban Waxx love to read, too, and we have often talked about compiling an Urban Waxx library. Here, we can all bring in books that we LOVE and lend them out and pass them around.

In the interest of sharing, here are some of the books that I will be adding to our little library. They are books that have changed me in some way, and I think that you might like, too!

The Secret. Ok, ok. Yes, we all know that Oprah lost her mind over this book several years ago. But, I read it, it made sense, and it changed my way of thinking in a pretty profound way. In a nutshell, it discusses the energy that we put out and what we attract. So, for example, you focus on all of the good things, and that’s what comes to you. You focus on crap, and that’s what comes to you. A simple read that is an eye-opener.

The Four Agreements.  A super easy, super obvious book. And I mean super obvious in the most amazing way. This little book outlines four little guides that we should all carry with us every day:

Be Impeccable With Your Words
Don’t Take Anything Personally
Don’t Make Assumptions
Always Do Your Best

That’s it. It’s an awesome book. The end.

Delivering Happiness. This book was written by Tony Hsieh, the founder and CEO of Zappos. He is incredibly driven, gifted, and empathetic. Read this if you need a kick in the butt. Or if you are thinking that the odds are stacked against you. The odds were stacked against him, and he created an unbelievable company. His company is based on impeccable customer service, and it works so, so well.

Service Included. I love food. I love fine dining. I love NYC. This book tells of the opening of Per Se, Thomas Keller’s Michelin starred restaurant in NYC, from a server’s perspective. Thomas Keller is a genius on many levels, and his relentless pursuit for perfection and unwavering over the top customer service is awe-inspiring.

That’s only 4. Really, just a drop in the bucket. I always have a stack of books on my nightstand that I feel like I am constantly adding to. I will burn through fluffy books like The Hunger Games and the Twilight series (don’t judge me), and lots and lots of business, self-help and customer service books, and of course cookbooks. Yes, I read cookbooks in bed. It is the most relaxing thing in the world. We pass around a lot of books at Urban Waxx. Most recently, The Help and Fingersmith. Both delightful.

What books move you? I would love to hear! Maybe we can add some to our library!