Books That Inspire 2007

I Survived Cancer, But Never Won the Tour de France
Jim Chastain

It was hard for me to read a book about cancer. There's always that feeling that it could happen to me, so it's best not to even think about it. But once I picked it up, I couldn't put it down. From the first page where the author writes this verse, "let's stay up all night ignoring this crazy world laughing while we can."

I found this book thought-provoking, humorous, sad, hopeful, and at the end, it made me feel stronger. I felt like whatever life throws at me, I can at least try to be as resilient as the author. And even though it sounds like a cliche, I do feel more appreciative of each day that I've been given. As the author writes, " some point, you realize your days on earth are numbered, and it's not worth it to let another one go by just because it's going to end someday. Live the days you've been given and enjoy them as much as you can."

Becky Grider
Staff Accountant
University Libraries