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We love Oprah Winfrey, but she’s sent us down a few questionable paths over the years. Who could forget the period in which we all sported velour track suits while reading The Secret? Or when we couldn’t wear our sparkly Uggs to enough formal events? (Admit it, you owned them, AND you wore them outside of the house.)

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Then there were the times that we oh-so-wished we could be as rich/connected/influential as Oprah. Because that meant we could travel to exotic destinations when we needed to de-stress. Or afford to go on the latest fad diet when we felt those “freshman 15” coming back into our lives. Or actually give our friends and families all of the items from O’s annual coveted “favourite things” list. Heck, we’d even be able to gift ourselves with some of those items.

But of all the things Oprah has suggested we try, her latest revelation — the best night of her entire life — is something any of us could actually have. And it doesn’t cost a lot of money, involve meeting an influential world leader or selling our soul.

All it involves is a little rain and a good book.

“Well, the best night of my life was actually recently. It was pouring rain. I had a fire and the dogs were here and Stedman was in his office and I was curled up on a sofa reading the most exquisite book,” Winfrey recently confessed to New York Magazine. “I had a hundred and twenty-some pages to go and I just looked around the room and thought, ‘I am so happy. I mean, god, I am so happy! I hope it rains all night or at least until I finish this book!’”

OK, so maybe you also need a really good book, plus the good fortune of having a working fireplace (don’t go using those ovens, please), a comfy designer sofa, two golden retrievers, a cocker spaniel and two springer spaniels. Oh, and an office to send your partner off to. But once you get all of THOSE pesky details out of the way, you too can have the best night of your life.

As for Oprah, and her novel of choice? That would be Cynthia Bond’s Ruby.

That Oprah…she’s so wise.

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