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Most writers say that the only way to become a better is to continue reading and writing. Here is a collection of books recommended by only the best.
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Samuel Beckett, in his collection of letters, wrote while reading Kafka's The Castle, "I felt at home, too much so — perhaps that is what stopped me from reading on. Case closed there and then.”
The Castle, Franz Kafka
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John Steinbeck received this book when he was just nine years old. “When I first read it, I must have been already enamored of words because the old and obsolete words delighted me.”

Some twenty years later, Steinbeck would adopt Arthurian tropes and chapter headings in his novel Tortilla Flat, and in the late 1950s travel to England and Wales to research Arthurian legends in preparation for a modernized text of the Arthurian tales.
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Maya Angelou, author, poet and civil rights activist mentions Little Women as one of her favourite books. "When I read Alcott, I knew that these girls she was talking about were all white," Angelou said. "But they were nice girls and I understood them. I felt like I was almost there with them in their living room and their kitchen."
Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
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One of J.K. Rowling's favorite books as a child was The Story of the Treasure Seekers and E. Nesbit is probably "the children's writer with whom I most identify. ... [It] was a breakthrough children's book. Oswald is such a very real narrator, at a time when most people were writing morality plays for children."
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Jane Austen once wrote in a letter, "I have read the Corsair, mended my petticoat, & have nothing else to do." Truly!
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Ray Bradbury had many favourite books, but Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter: Warlord of Mars series was the one that made him an author.

"[They] entered my life when I was 10 and caused me to go out on the lawns of summer, put up my hands, and ask for Mars to take me home," Bradbury said. "Within a short time I began to write and have continued that process ever since, all because of Mr. Burroughs."
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“The very best I’ve ever read, my favorite thing in all world literature (and that includes all the heavy classics) is a novelette called Calumet K by Merwin-Webster,” Ayn Rand wrote in 1945.
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In an interview with Puffin Books, Roald Dahl mentioned that his favourite book when he was a kid was this.
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Neil deGrasse Tyson, master of the universe and well-loved astrophysicist, said that The Age of Reason is a must-read, so as "to learn how the power of rational thought is the primary source of freedom in the world".
The Age of Reason, Thomas Paine
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Joan Didion has said in an interview that Joseph Conrad's Victory is perhaps her favourite book in the world, and she often rereads it.

"It’s not a story the narrator even heard from someone who experienced it. The narrator seems to have heard it from people he runs into around the Malacca Strait. So there’s this fantastic distancing of the narrative, except that when you’re in the middle of it, it remains very immediate. It’s incredibly skillful… I’ve never written one without rereading Victory. It opens up the possibilities of a novel. It makes it seem worth doing. In the same way, John and I always prepared for writing a movie by watching The Third Man. It’s perfectly told."
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Oliver Sacks may have had a number of non-fiction books about the brain and cognitive functions in his to-read list, but this one stood out. He said that this book was "... [a] gentle founding myth that pleased my romantic side."
The Jungle Book, Joseph Rudyard Kipling
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Another recommendation from Neil deGrasse Tyson who this time says that this book is for us "to learn of our kinship with all other life on Earth."
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