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  • Books That Shaped My Writing

    Posted by cheshir on May 16, 2024 at 8:18 pm

    I’ll share the books that I was able to purchase or borrow repeatedly for months on end from the public library until I could buy them as an adult. A few have been gifts from my parents or relatives growing up. These are books that have greatly influenced my understanding of reading, some more recent and spark my desire to write. I’ve listed them in the order that I read them, but they are all titles that I’ve gone back to for a comfort read throughout my life.

    Black Beauty | Anna Sewell
    The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane | Kate DiCamillo
    Where the Mountain Meets the Moon | Grace Lin
    A Dog’s Purpose | W. Bruce Cameron
    Out of My Mind | Sharon M. Draper
    The Action Bible | Doug Mauss and Sergio Cariello
    Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Promise | Gene Luen Yang
    The Candymakers | Wendy Mass
    The Blood of Olympus | Rick Riordan
    The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia | Shigeru Miyamoto, Eiji Aonuma, Akira Himekawa
    East of Eden | John Steinbeck
    All the Light We Cannot See | Anthony Doerr
    Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad | M. T. Anderson
    The Left Hand of Darkness | Ursula K. Le Guin
    Land of the Lustrous | Haruko Ichikawa (not caught up, waiting to purchase the last installation ;-;)

    A lot of what I’ve consistently enjoyed is marketed towards children or preteens. That was what I was most provided, after all; when I entered high school, the stuff I read was more in the nonfiction aisle because I wanted to avoid running into people as I browsed in the school library. None of those titles were the kind of books that I wanted to own and go back to, but it was still fun to read and learn like this. I also made the shift into online reading at that time.

    It’s easy to recognize the influence of these books as I write my own stories. I read a lot of serialized online novels nowadays, but these books are the ones that persist to develop my style of narration.

    I hope that you check them out someday and enjoy them as well.

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