[Book Review] The Writer’s Library: The Authors You Love on the Books That Changed Their Lives by Nancy Pearl & Jeff Schwager

By Nancy Pearl and Jeff Schwager

The Writer’s Library is a collection of interviews with noteworthy and influential writers. Spanning a wide range of backgrounds, each author was asked what book(s) inspired you to take up the pen and join the literary world? Because before a writer becomes an author, they’re first a reader.

As a writer myself, I found it interesting how many of the authors in this collection were inspired and influenced by many of the same books I was, as a young reader. I was also intrigued by the types of books some of them chose to collect. The interviews asked thoughtful questions and flowed well. I also appreciate that at the end of each interview, there is a list with many of the authors and titles mentioned. I found this made it easy for me to jot down the interesting titles mentioned for my own to-be-read pile.

I enjoyed the relaxed flow to the conversations in this collection. The introductions, setting the scene for where each interview was taking place, allowed me to feel as though I was tagging along, sitting in the on the conversation, rather than feeling like I was reading a transcript.

If you are an aspiring writer, or just enjoy hearing what others are reading, this book is for you.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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