50 Books That Will Make You a Better Writer Literary genius — or at least competence — never blossoms in a vacuum. As much as many creative types like to pose as a mysterious lone wolves skulking through the fringes of society without ever becoming a cog in the machine, man, even their works have been shaped by their external experiences up to that point. Even a whole rejection of society still involves relation to it, albeit one defined by absence than presence. So despite what that "free spirit" in composition class claims, reaching out to fellow writers can still prove beneficial to those hoping to pursue the art as either a career or a hobby. Soaking up advice through any reads available opens up new worlds and ideas and can help mold a work from just OK to just plain awesome. Obviously, one must not take this article’s title too literally. Classics The Elements of Style by William F. Composition and Rhetoric The Office of Assertion by Scott F. Genre and Medium Literary Criticism, Reading and Analysis Notable Writers
The 100 Best Science Books of All Time - Listmuse.com Image by Biblioteca de la Facultad de Derecho (CC BY 2.0) The 100 Best Science Books of All Time list contains a mixture of classic and popular works, chosen for their accessibility and relevance. Most of the books selected are suitable for a well educated layman with only a few being for a more serious reader. Each author is only represented by one book on the list. 1. By Charles Darwin | Used Price: 70% Off In The Origin of Species (1859) Darwin challenged many of the most deeply-held beliefs of the Western world. 2. By Richard Feynman | Used Price: 80% Off Celebrated for his brilliantly quirky insights into the physical world, Nobel laureate Richard Feynman also possessed an extraordinary talent for explaining difficult concepts to the general public. 3. By D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson | 70% Off Why do living things and physical phenomena take the form they do? 4. By Albert Einstein | Used Price: 50% Off 5. By James D. 6. By Lewis Thomas | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01 7. 9. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.
Storyville: 3 Essential Books You Should Read in Every Major Genre This list is entirely subjective, based on books that I’ve read over the years. But what they all have in common is that they’ve stayed with me. Many of these titles I’ve read over and over again. Some are touchstones, lodestones that I reference when I get blocked, bowing at the feet of masters that have taught me everything I’ve ever learned about what makes compelling fiction. I’m hoping that you’ve read most of these and will spend much of this column nodding your head in agreement. More importantly, I hope you find some new authors and novels that will enlighten you at some point down the road. NOTE: The genres I’ve picked are “major” to me, not to publishing in general. The Hobbit (1937) and Lord of the Rings (1954-1955) by J.R.R. I’m just going to lump it all together, here, so grant me that if you would. Buy J.R.R. Weaveworld (1987) by Clive Barker Buy Weaveworld from Amazon.com American Gods (2001) by Neil Gaiman Buy American Gods: Author's Preferred Text from Amazon.com
Top Fantasy Books and Series : Sword Blog You are here: Home / Fantasy / Top Fantasy Books and Series Top Fantasy Books and Series-List of best 10 fantasy book series. Fantasy sagas i love the most. Tolkien, Glen Cook, Steven Erikson, R. My Top 10 Fantasy book Sagas 1. Lord of the Rings-Top fantasy books Legendary fantasy series. Lord of the Rings books: The Fellowship of the Ring The Two Towers The Return of the King2. The Black Company Excellent dark fantasy about Black Company, an elite legion pf mercenaries who fighting for money and fame. The Black Company books: The Books of the North The Black Company Shadows Linger The White Rose Black company story continues in The Books of South and in The Books of the Glittering Stone. 3. Malazan Book of Fallen Awesome fantasy epic saga focused on wars in Malazan empire. Malazan saga books: Gardens of the Moon Deadhouse Gates Memories of Ice House of Chains Midnight Tides The Bonehunters Reaper’s Gale Toll the Hounds Dust of Dreams The Crippled God 4. The Witcher 5. A Song of Ice and Fire 6.
74 Books to Read if You Love the Hunger Games If you haven't read the Hunger Games you really should! They're pretty awesome. Check them out: If you're already a fan of the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins... You should add these books to your to be read pile! (The recommendations are in no particular order.) Matched Trilogy by Ally Condie In a world where Officials pick your perfect mate, what happens when you’ve two choices? Maze Runner Trilogy by James Dashner A boy wakes up in a Glade with other boys knowing only his name, not how he got there, or how to escape the enclosed walls. Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry A young boy is given the job to retain the Community’s memories and to advise them using that knowledge, but he doesn’t like what he sees when he knows the past. Books of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau A city of light amidst the darkness begins to go black and survival means finding a way out by going through the unknown. Uglies Quartet by Scott Westerfeld Selection Trilogy by Kiera Cass UPDATE: Novellas added to series: The Prince , The Guard
John Cartan - 20 Strange and Wonderful Books 20. The Tolkien Reader by J. The works of J.R.R. As I grow older, it's his short stories I particularly value. Tolkien wrote this story to demonstrate his belief that fairy tales are for adults. The 50 Books Everyone Needs to Read, 1963-2013 The thing about reading is this: it takes a long time. There are innumerable books in the world, and many more good ones than can be read by any mortal in a lifetime. It’s hard to choose — especially if you’re a slow reader. 1963 — The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath Sylvia Plath’s only novel manages to be both elegant and filled with raw, seething emotion – no small feat, and not the least of the reasons the reading world is still obsessed with her. Also recommended: Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak; The Group, Mary McCarthy; V., Thomas Pynchon; Cat’s Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut; The Feminine Mystique, Betty Friedan
Radcliffe’s Rival 100 Best Novels List « Modern Library On July 21, 1998, the Radcliffe Publishing Course compiled and released its own list of the century’s top 100 novels, at the request of the Modern Library editorial board. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott FitzgeraldThe Catcher in the Rye by J.D. SalingerThe Grapes of Wrath by John SteinbeckTo Kill a Mockingbird by Harper LeeThe Color Purple by Alice WalkerUlysses by James JoyceBeloved by Toni MorrisonThe Lord of the Flies by William Golding1984 by George OrwellThe Sound and the Fury by William FaulknerLolita by Vladmir NabokovOf Mice and Men by John SteinbeckCharlotte’s Web by E.B. WhiteA Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James JoyceCatch-22 by Joseph HellerBrave New World by Aldous HuxleyAnimal Farm by George OrwellThe Sun Also Rises by Ernest HemingwayAs I Lay Dying by William FaulknerA Farewell to Arms by Ernest HemingwayHeart of Darkness by Joseph ConradWinnie-the-Pooh by A.A.
The 100 Most Influential Books Ever Written The 100 Most Influential Books Ever Written: The History of Thought from Ancient Times to Today (1998) is a book of intellectual history written by Martin Seymour-Smith, a British poet, critic, and biographer. The list included the books such as, Upanishads, Hebrew Bible, I Ching, Kabbalah, Candide, The World as Will and Idea, among others. See also References Jump up ^ Seymour-Smith, Martin (1998). External links The list
Top 10 Best Novels of the Last 20 Years Books The ten novels on this list all substantiate the belief that books are the most elastic, introspective, human and entertaining form of media that exist. Not movies, not music, not art, not the theatre. A famous author once said that novels are the best way for two human beings to connect with each other. Music for Torching by A.M. First Sentence: ”It is after midnight on one of those Friday nights when the guests have all gone home and the host and hostess are left in their drunkenness to try and put things right again.” As the only woman on the list, A. Homes makes this common enough theme of suburban ennui feel real with her shining prose, a secondary cast of interesting plots and characters, and lack of a fairy-tale ending. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk (1996) First Sentence: “Tyler gets me a job as a waiter, after that Tyler’s pushing a gun in my mouth and saying, the first step to eternal life is you have to die.” Of course, Palahniuk had to be on this list. House of Leaves The Road