The Shelf

As a reader, I have come across a fair few books and other written materials that I have found helpful or “good” in some capacity or another. Here is the compiled list, which I will be adding to over time.

Writing Craft:

The Secrets of Story: Innovative Tools for Perfecting Your Fiction and Captivating Readers by Matt Bird

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott


Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling

Creative Non-Fiction:

“Consider the Lobster” by David Foster Wallace (read it online here and be sure to read the footnotes)

“Me Talk Pretty One Day” by David Sedaris (read online here here)


“Instructions” by Neil Gaiman (read online here)

The Fall by D. Nurkse

Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith

Classic Literature:

To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (read online what I believe is the 1817 version of the text here)