A Writer’s Reading List
A writer or storyteller will always have a bookshelf that tells a story of its own.
The books that a writer reads not only tells them a story, but it is also a symbol of hope that the text that you hold in your hand was one day a focused writer like you, a writer with another book in their hand.
And so on.
I neglected reading for many years, but it is an essential part of my writing.
Like letting the bread rise for a baker – reading to a writer is that slow settling in of other written worlds.
Here goes with my current bookshelf and the books that have inspired me to write, live, create and be a better person.
BOOK HIGHLIGHT OF THE MONTH
CONSPIRACY OF FOOLS: A TRUE STORY
Beasts, monsters, many fools and even a hero in this thrilling read about the rise and fall of the energy giant Enron.
Honestly, this 800 word brick of a book had me ditching assignments, putting off finishing my website and missing hours of sunshine outside. Unstoppable!
If you’re interested in narrative nonfiction, as I am, this is one you must read. The details, the voice, the characters and their dramatic irony, the structure all make for sumptuous, moor-ish reading.
THE CURIOUS WRITER’S BOOKSHELF
by Emily Mandel St. John
One Thousand And One Nights: A Reimagining
by Hanan al-Shaykh
A Dreambook For Our Time
by Tadeusz Konwicki
Sometimes A Great Notion
by Ken Kesey
The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives
by Lola Shoneyin
FAVOURITE NARRATIVE NON-FICTION/NON-FICTION
Boyd – The Fighter Pilot Who Changed The Art Of War
by Robert Coram
by Carol Dweck
by Darius Foroux (who I copied this idea of a digital bookshelf from)