Looking for a Good Book?

Because we know how important reading is to good writing, we asked all of this year’s young writers and instructors to share their book recommendations.

There’s quite a variety of books on the list, but as William Faulkner once said, “Read, read, read. Read everything—trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write.”

Nesha Rand:  Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
Marshall Fike:  Inferno by Dan Brown
Cassondra Chesterman:  The Clockwork Three by Matthew J. Kirby
Andy Gabbard:  Dune by Frank Herbert
Taylor Curtright:  School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
Ella Bahr:  The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Gabriella Radina:  Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer
Elizabeth Riforgiate: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Madison Nalley: The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
Meredith Stone: The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Elizabeth Underwood:  Misery by Stephen King
Rick Brown:  War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Lexiyee Smith: The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami
Hunter Gilson: The Road by Cormac McCarthy

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