Friday: Books are a central part of my life because… Peggy Teel: I love words! The more cleverly they\'re used, the more I love them. Friday: The best opening line in a book I\'ve read so far is... Peggy Teel: ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,\' by Charles Dickens in A Tale of Two Cities. Friday: A book that made me envy the author\'s ability to write... Peggy Teel: The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay - a page-turner with a powerful message, which calls for brilliant writing. Friday: A character from a book that is so like me... Peggy Teel: Would have to be Niki Edgar from Bloodhound by Denise Hays - that\'s me! Friday: The five top books on my shelf... Peggy Teel: There are so many good books, it\'s hard to choose. My list: The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay, A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, All Over but the Shoutin\' by Rick Bragg, The Living by Annie Dillard, and Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott.