And What, Exactly, Does She Think Is A Good Book?

You can tell a lot about a person by the authors she reads. And, as all writers have been influenced by those who came before them, I’m always interested to learn what my favorite authors have enjoyed.

I particularly like stories focused on the growth of individuals through difficult times and it doesn’t matter whether these are fiction, biography, memoirs, profiles, etc. You’ll see from the list below that I don’t read much adventure, mystery, horror and romance although I’ve enjoyed books in each of these genres.

Margaret Atwood: The Handmaid’s Tale, Alias Grace (Wikipedia on Margaret Atwood)

Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice (Wikipedia on Jane Austen)

Timothy Finley: Not Wanted on the Voyage (Wikipedia on Timothy Finley)

Aldous Huxley: Brave New World (Wikipedia on Aldous Huxley)

John Irving: Cider House Rules, A Prayer for Owen Meany, The World According to Garp (Author website)

Barbara Kingsolver: The Poisonwood Bible, The Bean Trees (Wikipedia on Barbary Kingsolver)

Margaret Lawrence: The Diviners, The Stone Angel (Wikipedia on Margaret Lawrence)

Antonine Maillet: La Sagouine series of books about an Acadian char woman (Wikipedia on Antonine Maillet)

Rohinton Mistry: A Fine Balance, Such a Long Journey (Wikipedia on Rohinton Mistry)

Mordecai Richler: Solomon Gursky was Here (Wikipedia on Modecai Richler)

Robert Sapolsky: A Primate’s Memoir (Wikipedia on Robert Sapolsky)

David Sedaris: Barrel Fever, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, Me Talk Pretty Some Day (Wikipedia on David Sedaris)

Carol Shields: The Stone Diaries (Wikipedia on Carol Shields)

Amy Tan: The Bonesetter’s Daughter, The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God’s Wife (Wikipedia on Amy Tan)

Michel Tremblay: La grosse femme d’à côté est enceinte (The Fat Woman Next Door is Pregnant) (Wikipedia on Michel Tremblay)

Anne Tyler: Breathing Lessons, The Accidental Tourist (Wikipedia on Anne Tyler)