On Monday I posted about the best book I’ve read this year: Azar Nafisi’s “Reading Lolita In Tehran.” Her book showed me why ideologues and totalitarian governments fear the power of literature and transformed the way I read fiction.
Here are three other books that have fundamentally changed the way I read, for the better:
1) On Writing, by Stephen King. Yes, THAT Stephen King.
2) Reading Like A Writer, by Francine Prose.
3) Art of Reading, by Prof. Timothy Spurgin of Lawrence University. Not a book, but a course on DVD, audio CD, or audio download offered by The Teaching Company.
On my list of other books in this area to check out is James Wood’s “How Fiction Works.”
What’s helped you to appreciate the stories you hear or read?