Five Books Every Writer Should Read -- What Are Your Top 5?

I want to build a list of books here that all writers can bookmark and thumb through at any time. So I officially challenge you to post 5 books that you think every writer should read on this post.
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One way we, as writers, can improve our writing is to read and study great writing. Whether that's a reference book on how to write better or a great novel or memoir that hooks us with great twists and turns that are so addictive that we forget to drink our morning coffee (OK, well, maybe not THAT addictive).

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I want to build a list of books here that all writers can bookmark and thumb through at any time. So I officially challenge you to post 5 books that you think every writer should read in the comments section of this post.

Without further ado, here's my list:

  1. Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger
  2. Damn Fine Story – Chuck Wendig
  3. The Mind of Bill James: How a Complete Outsider Changed the Game of Baseball – Scott Gray
  4. Dave Barry Slept Here – Dave Barry
  5. Save the Cat – Blake Snyder

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