ELLE Book Club

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Five-time Olympic medal­list Si­mone Biles on her most-loved books

FOUR-TIME OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL­IST, GYM­NAST SI­MONE BILES, 19,

SHARES THE BOOKS THAT HAVE SHAPED HER LIFE

Find Your Pur­pose, Mas­ter Your Path

by Matthew B James My mum gave me this self-help book a cou­ple of years ago to guide me through dif­fer­ent stages of my life. Right now, I’m an ath­lete and that’s my pur­pose, but if I ever wanted to take a break from gymnastics and per­haps be­come a univer­sity stu­dent, I could turn to this book. Even look­ing to­wards the fu­ture, one day I might be a mother my­self, and then that will be my pur­pose and, again, this book will help me.

Wait Till Helen Comes

by Mary Down­ing Hahn

I didn’t have a lot of time to read when I was a kid, be­cause I al­ways train­ing. But when I did, I was drawn to creepy books. This is about Helen, a ghost who died in a mys­te­ri­ous fire over a hun­dred years ago. She vis­its two young girls who now live in her house, and she makes them go to places they aren’t al­lowed. She’s a naughty ghost! I read more by the same au­thor; all her books scared me.

‘RIGHT NOW, I’M AN ATH­LETE AND THAT’S MY PUR­POSE. BUT IF I EVER WANTED TO TAKE A BREAK FROM

GYMNASTICS AND BE­COME A STU­DENT, I’D TURN TO THIS BOOK’

Wake Up Happy

by Michael Stra­han

Michael was an NFL Foot­ball Player who is now a morn­ing talk-show host. I’d read this on the way to the gym and it would re­mind me to stay happy, stay fo­cused and keep a pos­i­tive out­look. I stay away from blogs and the news, as they aren’t pos­i­tive and I don’t think they’re good for me.

The Fault In Our Stars

by John Green

This novel is about Hazel, a 16-year-old girl with can­cer, who falls in love with an­other can­cer pa­tient called Au­gus­tus. I read this for school with my class when we were 16 – the same age as Hazel and Au­gus­tus. It’s so sad and hard to read with­out cry­ing. Luck­ily, I cried when I was read­ing it alone and not in class, in front of my school friends.

Jen­nifer Jones Won’t Leave Me Alone

by Frieda Wishin­sky and Neal Lay­ton When I was learn­ing to read, I’d go to my mum’s of­fice, flip the bin up­side down, sit on it and read to her. I went through a lot of the Jen­nifer Jones books. This one is about a lit­tle boy who is get­ting fed up with all the at­ten­tion he’s get­ting from a lit­tle girl, but misses her once she’s gone.

Courage to Soar: A Body In Mo­tion, A Life In Bal­ance

by Si­mone Biles

I wanted to tell my life story. I wanted peo­ple to hear it from me and not from other sources. It’s about how my faith and my fam­ily got me to the 2016 Olympics, and how it all started with a day-care field trip [Si­mone was in­spired after vis­it­ing a gymnastics cen­tre at 6 years old.]

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