What We Read: A Web Producer's Best Books

You are what you read. In that spirit, AOL Jobs will feature books recommended by our staff and contributors each day for the next week or so. As the year winds down, consider one of these reads to savor in your down time or give to a reader in your life.

Books have always been an important part of my life; removing them would take away parts of my identity. My first book was some volume of The Berenstain Bears. I distinctly remember the joy of struggling through it because I knew a whole new universe would open up to me once I would get the hang of it. I wasn't wrong.

The following are three books I consider enlightening, humorous and great gifts.