I LOVE to read, and I have eclectic tastes. We know reading helps one learn to write. So here are some of my all time favorites, in no particular order. Fiction & non-fiction.
Evidence of Things Unseen by Marianne Wiggins
All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively
Columbine by Dave Cullen
We Are Not Such Things by Justine van der Leun
Olive Kittredge by Elizabeth Strout
Euphoria by Lily King
The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater
To Asmara by Thomas Keneally
Brazzaville Beach by William Boyd
The House Gun by Nadine Gordimer
State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
Dubliners by James Joyce (I especially love the last short story in this college, "The Dead.")
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
A lot of these books take place in other parts of the world too, because I love to be transported.
Also, once I find an author I like, I often read everything they've written. The book listed above is the favorite of that author. But I've loved everything by Elizabeth Strout. The Road by Cormac McCarthy is one of the most profound & powerful books I've ever read. I've also read most of Tim O'Brien's, Penelope Lively's & Lilly King's books. Many by Ann Patchett & Nadine Gordimer. And I've read many of these more than once.
What are some of your favorites?