These are the books that have stuck with me…I’ve divided them into two stacks of ten…

The stack at the right are the ten pre-1999, all of them I read before I graduated from high school, and re-read several times since, and before I started writing my first novel…from top to bottom they are:

Mikhail Bulgakov, the Master and Margarita

Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine

E. M. Forster, The Celestial Omnibus

Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment

Herman Melville, Moby Dick

Joyce Carol Oates, Wonderland

Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights

The stack at the left are the ten that I’ve read since 1999, after I started writing my first novel and the ones that followed that one…they are from top to bottom

Virginia Woolf, Night and Day

John Steinbeck, East of Eden

Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient

Isak Dinesen, Out of Africa and Shadows in the Grass

Cristina Garcia, Dreaming in Cuban

Paula Fox, Desperate Characters

Virginia Woolf, The Waves

Doris Lessing, The Golden Notebook

Gustaf Sobin, The Fly-Truffler

Joyce Carol Oates, Bellefleur

Wedged in the middle of these two stacks I have my two published books (so far)…the two book ends are Porius: A Romance of the Dark Ages by John Cowper Powys and The Voice of England by Charles Grosvenor Osgood.

These are all very powerful books…I am the writer I am because they inspired me…