Y'all do it? Want to be able to write like Hat? Ever dream of being as verbose as Tenny D? Want to e-crush all of your virtual enemies with clarity, precision, and impenetrable logic? Read. Read well. Read books. As for me, I enjoy reading biographies. Just finished Edmund Morris's The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt. That he was a Harvard grad, celebrated academic and historian, cattle rancher in the Dakotas, state assemblyman, New York City police commissioner, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Colonel who led the 'Rough Riders" at San Juan Hill, and governor of New York--all before being elected Vice President at the age of 42--speaks to Roosevelt's immense talents, manliness, and versatility. On top that, the man was a voracious reader, as most great men are. He read for hours most days in addition to his other duties. Both humbling and inspiring, books like this make me want to be a better husband, father, employee, and human being. So what about you? Some of you are very well read, and some not so much. I fall somewhere in between. Many of my shortcomings as a writer and communicator stem from the fact that I barely picked up a book before the age of 20. For those of you that read often, what do you like to read? What are you reading now? Has it impacted your life or shifted your thinking on a topic? For those that don't read: start. Perhaps this thread can give you some ideas of where to begin. Deke supports this thread.