Goals for an Aspiring Writer: "Required Reading"

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Some books that have stuck in my brainpan since I read them:

Skellig by David Almond
I, Lucifer by Glen Duncan
The Atrocity Exhibition by J.G. Ballard

All of the others I would have mentioned have already been suggested.
 

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Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card -- Naturally, this only works if you focus on story and not on the man behind the book.

Empire from the Ashes by David Weber -- This is a collection of one of his stronger trilogies. Many fans are begging him to return to this universe. Even asked at the National Book festival two years ago... Got no answer. :)

Blade Dancer by S L Viehl -- This is a personal favorite. It's a stand alone from her Star Doc series, but has some very well built characters.

I admit, I'd throw out The Hunger Games and Harry Potter, but suppose those are already read and not necessary. :)
 

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If you're interested in reading Mark Twain shorts, I highly recommend his collection: The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg & Other Stories. It has Twain at his snarky best in the eponymous tale. And one more classic: Kim, by Rudyard Kipling. I've enjoyed everything I've read by him, but most people seem to like that one if they like Kipling at all. Just in case you don't already know, Kipling is famous for The Jungle Books and Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, but Kim is more of an adult book, even though the protag starts as a child.
 

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Hi all, sorry I've been away from the computer all weekend, so didn't get a chance to add these latest to the list. Great suggestions though, and keep them coming! I'll update tomorrow morning.
 

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Apologies, I've been teaching all week and crashing at the end of the day, finally got a chance to spend more than 10 minutes here and added the new additions to the list:

This is going to get pricey! LOL :)

  • Water for Elephants - Sara Gruen - done!
  • Small Gods - Terry Pratchett
  • Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - Hound of Baskerville - Done
  • The Memory, Sorrow & Thorn Trilogy - Tad Williams - Book 1 done
  • Bartimaeus books - Jonathan Stroud
  • A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
  • Pride & Prejudice - Jane Austen
  • Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkein
  • Night Watch - Terry Pratchett - Done!
  • Rascals In Paradise - James Mitchener
  • Much Ado About Nothing - William Shakespeare
  • The Phantom Tollbooth - Norton Juster - Done!
  • Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov - Done!
  • The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini - Done!
  • A Song of Ice and Fire - George R R Martin - Book 1, 2, 3 & 4 Done!
  • Brave New World - Aldous Huxley - Done!
  • Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte - Done!
  • To The Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf
  • The Bloody Chamber - Angela Carter
  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle - Shirley Jackson
  • Wolf Hall - Hilary Mantel
  • Frankenstein - Mary Shelley - done!
  • Left Hand of Darkness - Ursula Le Guin
  • All the short stories - James Tiptree Jr (Alice Sheldon)
  • Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier
  • Poisonwood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver
  • To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
  • Norwegian Wood - Murakami - Done!
  • Charmed Life - Dianna Wynne Jones
  • A tangle of Knots - Lisa Graff
  • Chocolat - Joanne Harris
  • The Old Man and The Sea - Ernest Hemingway - Done!
  • The Virginian - Owen Wister
  • The One and Only Ivan - Katherine Applegate
  • His Majesty's Dragon - Naomi Novik
  • Red Mars - Kim Stanely Dragon
  • A Dog's Tale - Mark Twain
  • To Build a Fire - Jack London
  • An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge - Ambrose Pierce
  • The Ransom of Red Chief - O' Henry
  • Animal Farm - George Orwell - done!
  • Farenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury - Done!
  • East of Eden - John Steinbeck
  • Starship Troopers - Robert Heinlein - done!
  • The World According to Garp - John Irving
  • Wonder Boys - Michael Chabon
  • The Death of Ruth - Elizabeth Kata
  • Endless Night - Agatha Christie
  • Misery - Stephen King
  • The Slap - Christos Tsiolkas
  • Skellig - David Almons
  • I Lucifer - Glen Duncan
  • The Atrocity Exhibition - J.G. Ballard
  • Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card
  • Empire from the Ashes - David Weber
  • Blade Dancer - S. L. Viehl
  • The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg & Other Stories - Mark Twain
  • Kim - Rudyard Kipling - done!
  • A Tough Guide to Fantasyland - Diana Wynne Jones
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain - Garth Stein - Done!
 
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The library is your friend.
 

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Can you get Kindle books from the library? (I'm asking for a Kindle for Christmas to assist with my reading efforts?)

I guess it would depend on the library. Will check it out and share here once I find out...
 

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Can you get Kindle books from the library? (I'm asking for a Kindle for Christmas to assist with my reading efforts?)

I guess it would depend on the library. Will check it out and share here once I find out...

See if your library subscribes to Overdrive and/or CloudLibrary.

And note that a lot of public domain books are free for the Kindle.

And Amazon's Prime Reading may work for you too.
 
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Yup, Denver Public library has Overdrive, and I've spent half my night reading Water for Elephants...amazing!
 
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