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4 Books to read this summer

4 Books to read this summer, as recommended by famous authors

Stuck in a rut with what to read next? Why not take a page out of a famous author’s book and add to your reading list one of their recommended titles to read.

JK Rowling:

JK Rowling is notably one of England’s most famous and successful writers of this century. The Harry Potter series transported children and adults a-like into this world of mystery and magic. So, what book would this creative writer refer as her favourite? Emma by Jane Austen

On why this is a favourite:

Virginia Woolf said of Austen, ‘For a great writer, she was the most difficult to catch in the act of greatness,’ which is a fantastic line,” Rowling said. “You’re drawn into the story, and you come out the other end, and you know you’ve seen something great in action. But you can’t see the pyrotechnics; there’s nothing flashy.”

George R.R. Martin

George R.R. Martin is the author behind the Game of Thrones series which has kept both readers and viewers of the same-titled hit show reeling on the edge of their seats. His story lines boast meticulous thought with viewers and readers alike dissecting every little meaning they can between the lines of his writing.

For Martin, it is fitting that his favourite book is J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.

On why this is a favourite:

Having first read the book in junior high, it is ‘still a book I admire vastly’.

Ernest Hemingway

Hemingway, undoubtedly, was a writer whose straightforward prose was reflective of his time in 20th century America. The famed writer rose to prominence with works like ‘A Farewell to Arms’ and ‘The Old Man and the Sea’ and is considered one of the founding fathers of classic American literature. When asked what some of his favourite titles were, he listed ‘Anna Karenina’, ‘War & Peace’ and ‘Far Away and Long Ago’.

Stephen King

If contemporary horror, suspense, sci-fi and fantasy are your forte, then we encourage you to read a title off one of Stephen King’s lists of favourite books to read. In his recent memoir and writing guide book, ‘On Writing’, King has culminated a list of 96 books that have inspired and influenced his own works.

From this list, King has specifically plucked a particularly noteworthy suggestion – Red Moon by Benjamin Percy.

King, who tweeted to his fans, describes the book as ‘A werewolf epic. Can’t stop thinking about it’

If this title isn’t your cup of tea, then by all means peruse his list of 96 recommended titles to find one that stands out to you.

So, from English classics that appeal to your inner Austenite, to ones that thrill and spill blood, there are many varying and diverse titles recommended by this list of accomplished authors.

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