I love to read. That's not to say that I am very good at it. I mean, I can read well, and fast. But I'm not very good at following through. Right now, for example, I am midway through about five books. I like all of them, which is precisely why I am so indecisive about what to pick up next.
Nevertheless, I have managed to get through quite a few books throughout my lifetime. The following is a list of some of my favourites.
Before I begin... I think books are subjective. I don't really buy those "books you have to read before you die" or "best books of all times" lists that indicate that if you haven't read those particular choices, you are uneducated and ignorant. I read for pleasure and to build upon my craft (of writing). I don't much like having to struggle through something "literary" that is intended to be painful but incredibly meaningful. It's just not fun. And life is too short to read things that are not fun (unless they are non-fiction, and important). So all of these reads have a certain lightness to them but have left a lasting impression upon me and instilled within me the desire to be a writer.