One key to being a good writer is to always keep reading—and that doesn't stop after you've been published. Here are 26 authors' favorite reads. Who knows, one of these books might become your new favorite. Papa Hemingway once said "there is no friend as loyal as a book," and in a piece published in Esquire , he laid out a list of a few friends he said he would "rather read again for the first time It wasn't the first reading list he'd made; just a year earlier, Hemingway had dashed off a list of 14 books for an aspiring writer who had hitchhiked to Florida to meet him.
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If you're ever looking to boost your To Read list, check out what the best writers are reading. Here are 11 book recommendations from literary stars so you can read like a writer. Because the best writers? They're almost always boss-ass readers. In his seminal essay "Good Readers and Good Writers," Vladimir Nabokov quotes another novelist with a seat in the hall of venerated wordsmiths: Flaubert.