“There is no mistaking a real book when one meets it. It is like falling in love.” – Christopher Morley #reading #booklove

A few favorite reads from my youth, still sources of enjoyment as a reader and inspiration as a writer:

  • The Velveteen Rabbit (Margery Williams)
  • Winnie-the-Pooh (A.A. Milne)
  • Ragtime (E.L. Doctorow)
  • Of Mice and Men (John Steinbeck)
  • Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)
  • A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens)
  • The Call of the Wild (Jack London)
  • Tarzan of the Apes (Edgar Rice Burroughs)
  • Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)

More-recent favorites, an eclectic collection of memoirs and novels, all highly recommended: 

  • The Midnight Watch (David Dyer)
  • News of the World (Paulette Jiles)
  • A Hundred Small Lessons (Ashley Hay)
  • A Gentleman in Moscow (Amor Towles)
  • The Orchardist (Amanda Coplin)
  • Burial Rites (Hannah Kent)
  • The Story of Beautiful Girl (Rachel Simon),
  • All That is Solid Melts into Air (Darragh McKeon)
  • Pictures of You (Caroline Leavitt)
  • Prayers for Sale (Sandra Dallas)
  •  From Baghdad with Love (Jay Kopleman)
  • Alice I Have Been (Melanie Benjamin)
  • The Personal History of Rachel DuPree and The Promise (Ann Weisgarber),
  • The Invisible Mountain (Carolina de Robertis)
  • The Snow Child (Eowyn Ivey)
  • The Light Between Oceans (M.L. Stedman)
  • The Night Circus (Erin Morgenstern)

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Where will you find your next great read?

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