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Laken Geiger is a “20-something, old-soul, health geek, whose passion lies in supporting entrepreneurs and arts organizations.”

Recommended read: The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho. It’s a story that reminds you of the beauty of fate, and that sometimes the most rewarding things are never controlled or planned. It’s an allegorical story of a young shepherd boy on a quest to find his personal destiny. Inspired by a dream, the main character is told that if he travels to the Egyptian Pyramids he will find a treasure. The story follows him as he leaves comfort for the unknown. Coelho’s vivid description and eloquent syntax brings out the childlike-dreamer in us all.

Currently reading:The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini.

What is your favorite reading memory? Annotating “Crime and Punishment” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky and becoming fully immersed in imagining the history and analyzing the characters’ psychology. It was the first time I dove deep into the art of literature.

What movie was better than the book?Atonement.” The casting was superb – Keira Knightley and James McAvoy, together, bring a modern-day eloquence to the story based in a bygone era. The styling, music choice, and visual elements of the movie heighten the artistry that’s rooted in the novel. It’s also worth noting that my appreciation for the movie might not be as strong as it is, if I hadn’t read McEwan’s novel first.

What favorite book from childhood have you kept? “Go, Dog Go” by P.D. Eastman.

Where do you go for book recommendations? My soul-mate, Frank Jefferson.

Want to recommend a reader? Contact tleonard@newsobserver.com to let us know. Get more Triangle Reader recommendations at nando.com/trianglereads/.

Fiction

The Alchemist

Paulo Coelho

HarperOne, 208 pages

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