Friday Review: 10 Books That Make You Want to Write

by K.M. Zahrt

Last night on Twitter, I posed the following question: What’s one book that influenced your desire to write? Here are some of the responses I received:

1. Katerina Baker @KaterinaBaker recommended Liar’s Poker by Michael Lewis (1989).

Liar's Poker2. Favian Jack Gonzales @LingLingBattle recommended Monster by Walter Dean Myers (1999).

Monster3. Larry Manch @LarryManch recommended The Parsifal Mosaic by Robert Ludlum (1982).

The Parsifal Mosaic4. William Mitchell @PortofPhilly recommended The Firm by John Grisham (1991).

The Firm5. Daniel X. Potter @danielxpotter recommended Lunch Poems by Frank O’Hara (1964).

Lunch PoemsHere are five more books that initially influenced my desire to write as a young reader:

6. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1925)

The Great Gatsby7. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway (1952)

Oldmansea8. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (1884)

Huckleberry Finn9. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (1925)

Mrs._Dalloway_cover10. Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor (1952)

Wise BloodThese books are great gateways to a lifetime of reading and writing. Thank you to everyone who contributed. Enjoy!


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