20 Authors that Changed my Life

A list of authors and their books that enriched me beyond belief

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I love reading.

Reading and the books have changed my life. Some more than others. When I was growing up I was given a massive list of books to read for the summer. I loved going to the library and searching for that one book. It was like a treasure hunt. I’d enter a massive room of books. The smell of it hits you first. The vastness of paper with words on it would be so intimidating.

I loved it though. I would go from one isle to the other. I’d even check out other books available and read a page or two. Maybe that’s where I got my habit of reading the last page of the book..? I would compare the title of the book to the last page and draw my own conclusion whether or not it was a good ending for that title.

I still do it today. Not so much as a comparison to the title anymore but whether or not it makes me cry. Silly I know. Some habits die hard!

When I was little I used to say when I grow up I’d have my own books and create a library. Then I’d pick any book I like and re-read the stories I liked. Now, after I’ve done my English Literature degree I have a few books on my shelve. I’ve realise that some authors have inspired me so much.

I often read a few books by the same author here is the list of authors I cherish and these guys have played a huge part of my life at one time or another.

  1. Jurgita Ivanauskaite Svenlus Tardymai, Menulio Vaikai (Sorry guys she’s a Lithuanian author unfortunately none of her books have been translated to another language yet.)

2. John Fowls The French Lieutenant’s Woman, The Collector, The Magus

3. Virginia Woolf To the Lighthouse, A Room of One’s Own

4. Kazuo Ishiguro The Remains of the Day

5. William Witecloud The Magian’s Way, The Last Shaman

6. James Lee Burke The Light of the World, Creole Belle

7. Christopher Marlowe Doctor Faustus

8. William Shakespeare anything from comedies and tragedies

9. Upton Sinclair The Jungle

10. George Elliot The Mill of the Floss

11. D. H. Lawrence Lady Charterley’s Lover

12. Thomas Moore Utopia

13. E. M. Foster A room with a View

14. George Gissing New Grub Street

15. Sam Selvon The Lonely Londoners

16. Iris Murdoch A Severed Head, Under the Net, The Nice and the Good

17. Ben Okri Infinite Riches

18. James Joyce A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

19. Evelyn Waugh Bridshead Revisited

20. Alessandro Barico Silk

And here you have it. My list of authors that truly inspired me, got me out the rut, made want to write, made want to read, made a better human being and simply made me love the written word even more.

Love and Light.

I am a writer who learned to code! I write about personal experiences within a humanist and global context. Find me on Twitter & Instagram @erikachaudhary

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