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Great Authors’ Favorite Books

MeDhat SaaDoun By MeDhat SaaDoun Published on November 24, 2015

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It’s no secret that readers are nosy when it comes to what other readers are reading. There are so many books out there and so little time to read them all that we can’t help but want to know which ones inspired the brilliant minds behind some of the most influential books the world has ever seen. Moreover, if these books helped those authors achieve what they did – and continue to do, in some cases – then what’s to stop us from being inspired, too?


Stephen King: Stephen King once stated in an interview with Goodreads that The Lord of the Flies by William Golding remains one of the most influential books for him as an author, along with Watchers by Dean Koontz, The Poet by Michael Connelly, The Collector by John Fowles and others.

Michael Connelly: One of Michael Connelly’s literary heroes is Raymond Chandler, particularly because of his book The Little Sister. In an interview with The Daily Beast, Connelly said that Chapter 13 of The Little Sister influenced him for over 40 years.

Ernest Hemingway: Ernest Hemingway is reputed to have said that he’d prefer reading his favorite books for the first time to having an annual income of millions of dollars. His favorite books included Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë and Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert.

J. K. Rowling: J. K. Rowling has shared some of her favorite books on Oprah.com; they include Emma by Jane Austen and Chéri by Colette.

J. D. Salinger: In his biography of J. D. Salinger, Ian Hamilton wrote that the author was influenced by F. Scott Fitzgerald, whose book The Great Gatsby was among Salinger’s favorites.

George R. R. Martin: It’s no secret that J. R. R. Tolkien’s work has had a great influence on Martin’s successful books, especially his A Song of Ice and Fire series

Ian McEwan: Ian McEwan’s favorite writer and greatest influence is John Updike. In an interview with fivebooks.com, McEwan mentioned that his favorite books by Updike were the Rabbit novels.

Agatha Christie: Among Agatha Christie’s favorite books were Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories. Both Conan Doyle and Christie remain two of the most celebrated authors in the world of crime fiction to this day.

Paulo Coelho: In an article in The Week, Paulo Coelho shared his favorite books, which include Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller, The Stranger by Albert Camus and George Orwell’s 1984.

Dan Brown: Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code, has mentioned in many interviews that some of his favorite books are Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne series and Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare.


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