Books and reading are two of my favorite things (also, writing books for people to read!). I’m always on the lookout for a good, reliable recommendation of something new or out of my comfort zone, and who better to talk up titles than the authors of some of our most beloved books?
If you feel the same way, check out the favorite books of these 15 famous authors, and get ready to add a few of them to your reading list.
#15. Ernest Hemingway
The guy had a long list, including Anna Karenina, Wuthering Heights, War and Peace, Madame Bovary, The Brothers Karamazov, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, among others.
#14. Jane Austen
She read everything, from books to poetry to plays and she especially loved The Corsair, The Mysteries of Udolpho, and Sir Charles Grandison.
#13. F. Scott Fitzgerald
While under the care of a nurse after a suicide attempt, he made a list of 22 books he considered “essential reading.” They include Sister Carrie, The Life of Jesus, A Doll’s House, and Winesbury, Ohio.
#12. J.K. Rowling
As a child, she favored The Store of the Treasure Seekers, but as an adult, recommended Austen’s Emma.
#11. Henry Miller
Another vote for Wuthering Heights and also for The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, with the additions of Les Miserables and Leaves of Grass.
#10. Ray Bradbury
The sci-fi great had some unexpected favorites, including Moby Dick, the collected essays of George Bernard Shaw, and books by Loren Eisley, who he called “the greatest poet/essayist of the last 40 years.”
#9. Mark Twain
Mark Twain recommended The French Revolution, King Arthur, and Arabian Nights for young readers.
#8. Samuel Beckett
The acclaimed author of Waiting for Godot enjoyed Around the World in 80 Days, Effi Briest, and The Catcher in the Rye.
#7. Maya Angelou
The famous poet loved reading and had several favorites, including A Tale of Two Cities, Look Homeward Angel, Invisible Man, and Little Women.
#6. John Steinbeck
Later in life, Steinbeck loved Winesburg, Ohio, but as a young boy, he preferred Morte d’Authur, a collection of tales that made him fall in love with King Arthur at the age of 9.
#5. George R.R. Martin
In unexpected news, the Game of Thrones author loves The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and also the more recent Station Eleven.
#4. Erik Larson
And oldie but a goodie – the author adores The Maltese Falcon, and thinks the “single best monologue in fiction appears toward the end, when Sam Spade tells Brigid O’Shaughnessy why he’s giving her to the police.”
#3. R.L. Stine
Horror author R.L. Stine praised Dandelion Wine and called it “one of the most underrated books ever.” Quite the endorsement.
#2. Lydia Davis
She says that Orient Express was a “turning point” for her.
#1. Gillian Flynn
The Gone Girl author claims to go for comfort food when settling down to read – And Then There Were None and The Executioner’s Song made her list.
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