5 Books That Shaped Me by Author Karin Biggs
1. The Platinum Rule for Sales Mastery by Dr. Tony Alessandra, Scott Micheal Zimmerman and Dr. Mick La Lopa
I’m leading with this nonfiction book that a college professor of mine wrote. The Platinum Rule, “Do unto others as they would have done unto themselves,” changed my perspective both in my career and personal life. It’s a quick and informative read and you get to discover if you are a Thinker, Socializer, Director, or Realtor. When I took the test in college, I was a Thinking Director. ;)
2. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
Randy’s full lecture is on Youtube, but I love having a copy of his book around whenever I need a boost of inspiration. He gave his lecture, "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams," after a terminal cancer diagnosis.
3. The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
If this book doesn’t make you want to open the door and chase your dreams, I don’t know what will! Here is an excerpt I love:
“Are you a born writer? Were you put on earth to be a painter, a scientist, an apostle of peace? In the end the question can only be answered by action. Do it or don't do it.”
4. What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey
I recommend listening to the audio version of this book, so you can hear Oprah speaking directly to you. :) She has so many wonderful insights and life lessons on joy, resilience, connection, gratitude, possibility, awe, clarity, and power.
5. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
I read this book during a tough time in my life and it was the escape I needed. I was so immersed in the book that I stayed up till three in the morning, despite having a baby who would be waking up multiple times through the night. For me, this book hit all the marks I love about fiction - adventure, romance, and mystery set in a new, undiscovered world. After I wrote my first draft of the King’s 100, I went back to Caraval to dissect exactly what it was that made me fall in love with Garber’s book and incorporate those elements into my own novel. One of the best compliments I can receive from readers is “your book was a great escape!” This is why I read and now, this is why I write.
Karin earned her bachelor’s degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Purdue University and served as an event planner for two Big 10 universities and various non-profits for over eight years before becoming a stay-at-home-mom. She enjoys chocolate-covered peanuts, uninterrupted sleep and singing with other people. Karin lives in Ohio with her husband, daughter, son, cat, and dog.
Her debut novel, the King's 100, released in July of 2020.
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Author of the Landry's True Colors Series, the Cecily Taylor Series, the Star Series, and Dating the It Guy.