Candy Gourlay has a wonderful post on her blog about the seven books from the last decade that made her a writer. There is, however, one book not on her list that must be on mine. The book defines her, it should have been an eight book list Candy!
My seven books have all taught me something. They’re ‘good grief’ books, ‘wow’ books, ‘ahh’ books and, in one case, a ‘for heaven’s sake’ book.
Michael Morpurgo – Private Peaceful. An alround perfect book – character, subject, tone, pace – masterful.
Siobhan Dowd – Bog Child. A cracking story from an author who died too soon. This book taught me not to waste time. If you want to write, write, now, don’t waste time, you don’t know how much you’ve got.
J K Rowling – The Harry Potter Series. Often overlooked on lists like this because if its general popularity, the Harry Potter series reminds me that people are passionate about stories they love. Including me. I nearly hit someone for trying to tell me what happened in Book 5 before I’d read it.
Stephenie Meyer – The Twilight Saga. I know what you’re thinking but the truth is thousands of people read these books, including me, and yes, they aren’t brilliantly written but there is some kind of magic in them that kept people turning pages in a way that had them hooked into wanting to read the words on the next page overleaf. Ahem. I read them all and ENJOYED them ( with enjoyment).
Michael Rosen’s Sad Book. When bad things happen, books help. Books are essential to our spiritual well being.
Eoin Colfer – Artemis Fowl. I share an agent with this author. He’s brilliant which must mean I can’t be all that bad. Surely?
Candy Gourlay – Tall Story. The most beautifully crafted book I’ve ever read. This book taught me to work. Harder. How can this one NOT be on your list Candy?
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