One of the main things that made me want to be a writer was … well, reading. A lot. I became a voracious reader at a young age, and there were so many great books that drew me into their worlds and inspired me to write my own stories. There are far too many of these childhood favorites to name in one go, so I’ll start with just a few and continue this in later posts.
So, for now, three books from my childhood that made me want to be a writer:
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
I picked up Ella Enchanted in third grade, and I remember it being one of the first books that really made me love reading. It’s exciting, it’s funny, and it’s a very creative retelling of Cinderella.
The Silver Crown by Robert C. O’Brien
Don’t be fooled by the cutesy cover and kinda generic title. This is a terrifying (and awesome) book. Scary magic, brainwashing, evil children … It’s super great. When I first read this book, I’m pretty sure I read the whole thing in one sitting. It’s good stuff.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
I think I’ve read A Wrinkle in Time five or six times. (For a while I had a tradition that I re-read it every summer.) I guess I have a thing for creepy brainwashing because that’s also part of what intrigued me about this book. Also it has really cool world-building and it’s a great adventure story.
How about you guys? What books did you love as a kid? And/or what books inspired you to start writing?