Need a reason to wake up in the morning? Or an excuse to eat with your fingers? How about help in finding that perfect spot to hide from the world?

Our first-ever Best Of list offers plenty of reasons, excuses and out-of-the-way finds that will both inform and entertain. In addition to our Best Of picks, we've asked others in the know to share their personal bests as well.

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-Place to get lost in a book
-Place to hide from the world
-Excuse to eat with your fingers

"My Bests"
-Tina Panas ('Tina Fabulous')
-Mark Metcalf
-Tammy Elliott
-Ned Yost
-Sarah Ferguson
-Bill Davidson
-Peter Mortensen

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Contributing writers: Laurie Arendt, Kay Dahlke, Jordan DeChambre, Candace Doyle, Bob Gosman, Matt Hronick, JoAnn Petaschnick, Janet Raasch, Mary Lou Santovec, Amy Siewert Contributing photographers: Nathan Harrmann, Amy Siewert
Illustrations: Anjl Rodee