Must Reads

Some books change your life–or at least the way you think of it. At the core of writing, and of reading, is the need to connect with a story that means something more than words on a page. Some authors have accomplished this task tremendously, and here is a list of the books that have changed my way of thinking. Be them insightful, poignant, or simply beautiful, these books are those that I recommend to all lovers of the written word.

  • A Fraction of the Whole, Steve Toltz
  • Steppenwolf, Hermann Hesse
  • On the Nature of Things, Lucretius
  • Meditations on First Philosophy, Renee Descartes
  • An American Tragedy, Theodore Dreiser
  • The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula Le Guin
  • The End of the Affair, Graham Greene
  • Orlando, Virginia Woolf
  • The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton
  • Elizabeth I, Margaret George
  • Lie Down in Darkness, William Styron
  • The Portrait of a Lady, Henry James
  • Wunderkind, Nikolai Grozni
  • The Memory Palace, Mira Bartók
  • Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
  • The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro
  • The Awakening, Kate Chopin
  • The Great Typo Hunt, Jeff Deck and Benjamin D. Herson
  • The House at Tyneford, Natasha Solomons
  • Partitions, Amit Majmudar
  • The Bone People, Keri Hulme
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