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Curtis admits that she never thought she would end up becoming a 14-time book author with an affinity for reading. "I love a good story, I love to be moved, I love beautiful description, I like to think," she told Jenna.
Check out Curtis' favorite books below.
One of Curtis' favorite childhood books is this Dr. Seuss book about opposites. She credits the line "Do you like my hat?" for sparking her sense of humor at a young age.
Curtis says she will never write a memoir, but if she does, it will be titled "Do you like my hat?"
When Curtis adopted her daughter Annie, she was given this adorable book about a young girl who comes to realize that distance can't keep her away from her best friend.
"It was written by a woman named Leah Komaiko and it was illustrated by the woman who I ended up making 14 books with. Her name is Lauren Cornell," said Curtis.
When her son was young, Curtis would read this book to him every night — even over the phone when she was out of town.
Instead of following a typical story format, this tale is told through the lines of a sweet poem.
Curtis lists "Stoner" in her top 3 list of favorite books.
Born at the end of the nineteenth century into a poor farming family, William Stoner went to a university and fell in love with English literature. This book dives into his experience with his career, family and self-battles.
The actress also counts this inspiring story among her favorites. Upon being confined to a wheelchair, the main character in "Angle of Repose" retreats to his ancestral home to write a biography about his grandmother. He soon discovers his own story while uncovering his past.
Curtis says this is the book that changed her life.
It was written by acclaimed author John Steinbeck who wrote about the intertwined destinies of two rival families.
At age 13, Curtis picked up this book and "devoured" it. "It really ignited my love of historical fiction," she said.
Set in the town of Changi, this story leads the reader through a notorious prisoner of war camp in Asia.
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