As I've been looking into MFA programs, I've noticed a trend among the programs that top my lists. While all require extensive reading, nearly all also allow you, the student, to compile your own reading list. That way, each student is able to tailor their own reading to the genre in which they write, peppering it with contemporary bestsellers as well as literary classics.
I think that's brilliant! And in the optimistic hope that I will soon need to be compiling one of these lists, I've been trying to think of great books to put on it.
Sadly, I'm having difficulty. So I'm asking your help. What are some great books you've read that you'd definitely pass on to a friend?
They need to fit into one of the genres I write, which means general or literary fiction (to include women's fiction) or Christian fiction.
Surely even those of you MG/YA writers have read something aimed at adults you can add!
Okay, I'll start you off with some of my favorites:
To Kill A Mockingbird (a classic)
Barefoot and Summer Affair (by Elin Hilderbrand)
The Time Traveler's Wife (Audrey Niffeneger)
The Blue Bottle Club (Penelope J. Stokes)
You Belong To Me (Marisa de los Santos)
Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society (Annie Barrows, Mary Ann Schafer)
Blue Water (A. Manette Ansay)
Lottery (Patricia Wood)
Okay, blogging buddies. I'm counting on you! I need 60 books! Get at it! :)
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