Good writers are readers.
Here are some books that you may enjoy:

- Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt - A poignant memoir about
Sgrowing up in Ireland, told in an unmistakeably Irish voice
S(read Carmen's review of Angela's Ashes)
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls - Another vivid memoir
S of a less than perfect childhood
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein - A brilliant novel
Stold from the point of view of the family dog
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova - A treat for fans of the
SDracula legend, ingeniously intertwining past and present,
Sworld history and family mystery
Bleak House (or anything else) by Charles Dickens - A classic
Snovel with wonderful characters and awe-inspiring narrative
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje - A hauntingly artistic
Snovel that plays with the chronology of multiple storylines
S(also superb in the film version)
The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown - A superbly written murder
Smystery laced with art and religion—almost impossible to put
Sdown (much better than the movie)
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis - Probably the most
Senchanting religious allegory ever written

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott - A classic family portrait
Sthat covers a lot of ground: playful childhood years, sibling
Srivalry, pursuing one's passion, friendship versus romantic
Slove, economic hardship, death, war...

- The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling - A thrilling ride of
Smagic and youth that everyone can enjoy, regardless of age