This is a list of my influences, my personal literary canon, my best-of-the-best list.

These are the resources I trust. These are the things that simultaneously made me want to be a better writer and quit writing forever because they are so so good. These are the things I go back to again and again. They are in no particular order. They are all wonderful.  

Required Reading


  • Tenth of December by George Saunders
  • Fox 8 by George Saunders
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
  • To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris
  • Help Wanted: Female by Sara Pritchard
  • The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keeganf
  • Contents May Have Shifted by Pam Houston
  • Room by Emma Donoghue
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • “Hills Like White Elephants” by Ernest Hemingway
  • Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison
  • Atonement by Ian McEwan
  • The Best American series
  • O'Henry series
  • Scribner Anthology
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
  • "Where We Must Be" by Laura van den Berg
  • The Girl's Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank
  • The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
  • The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht
  • Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
  • Our Town by Thornton Wilder
  • Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
  • Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi


  • We Don’t Know We Don’t Know by Nick Lantz
  • All You Do is Perceive by Joy Katz
  • Sylvia Plath
  • Elizabeth Bishop
  • Citizen by Claudia Rankine
  • Looking for the Gulf Motel by Richard Blanco


  • Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft by Janet Burroway
  • Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
  • The INFJ Writer by Lauren Sapala
  • Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert