I firmly believe that all writers should be readers first. Here are some of my favorite books:

WRITING CRAFT

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Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert

The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron

The Writing Life, Annie Dillard

Writing Down the Bones, Natalie Goldberg

On Writing, Stephen King

Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott

Walking on Water, Madeleine L’Engle

FANTASY & CHILDREN’S LITERATURE

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The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkein

The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis

The Dark Is Rising Sequence, Susan Cooper

The Earthsea Cycle, Ursula K. LeGuin

The Harry Potter Series, J.K. Rowling

The Time Quartet, Madeleine L’Engle

The Midnight Folk & The Box of Delights, John Masefield

The Princess and the Goblin & The Princess and Curdie, George MacDonald

The Space Triology, C.S. Lewis

Redwall, Brian Jacques

Howl’s Moving Castle Series, Diana Wynne Jones

The Books of Beginning, John Stephens

The Chronicles of Chrestomanci, Diana Wynne Jones