Must Read (Books I Love)

“Good writers read.” ~ Deborah Shea

This advice from my college adviser is so true! I have always loved to read — so many of us do. But, for someone who wants to write, reading is not an option. It is as necessary as breathing. Characterization, story structure, dialogue, glorious and creative use of language — each great book plants a seed within a potential writer. Here are some books that are still growing inside me. Some are old reads, some are new. I think all are worth your time.

Janny Wurts

My Favorite Series of All Time  – The Wars of Light and Shadow by Janny Wurts (These are the most criminally under-read novels, ever. They are sweeping works of genius that take my breath away every time I open them.)

  1. The Curse of the Mistwraith
  2. The Ships of Merior
  3. Warhost of Vastmark
  4. Fugitive Prince
  5. Grand Conspiracy
  6. Peril’s Gate
  7. Traitor’s Knot
  8. Stormed Fortress
  9. Initiate’s Trial
  10. Destiny’s Conflict

Janny Wurts Stand Alone Novels and Other Series

  • To Ride Hell’s Chasm
  • That Way Lies Camelot
  • The Master of Whitestorm
  • Storm Warden (Cycle of Fire)
  • Keeper of the Keys (Cycle of Fire)
  • Shadowfane (Cycle of Fire)
  • Sorceror’s Legacy

Robin McKinley

  • The Blue Sword
  • The Hero and the Crown
  • Sunshine

Gloria Naylor

Leslie Marmon Silko

  • Ceremony

Tim O’Brien

  • The Things They Carried

Orson Scott Card

  • Seventh Son
  • Xenocide
  • Maps in a Mirror

Ursula K. LeGuin

  • The Word for World is Forest
  • The Left Hand of Darkness

Connie Willis

  • Impossible Things
  • Lincoln’s Dreams
  • Doomsday Book

C.S. Friedman

  • The Madness Season
  • Black Sun Rising
  • In Conquest Born

Thorton W. Burgess

  • Lightfoot the Deer
  • Reddy Fox

Lucy Cullyford Babbit

  • The Oval Amulet

Octavia Butler

  • Parable of the Sower
  • Wild Seed
  • Kindred

Walter Farley

  • The Black Stallion
  • The Black Stallion Mystery

Dr. Seuss

Robert B. Parker

  • Pretty Much everything he ever wrote…

Rick Bass

  • Winter
  • The Book of Yaak
  • The Ninemile Wolves

Shervin Kani

Lucy Hounsom

Richard Ford Burley