Hemingway’s List

Occasionally, I will search lists of recommendations on what to read, from expert authors and friends. Lately, I found out about “Broken Monsters” and “Ghosts in my Head” from one of Stephen King’s lists, because I wanted to read some new horrific and scary books. Who better to give a recommendation of horror fiction other than the Master of Horror himself?  Perhaps, readers can argue Richard Matheson or H.P. Lovecraft.

I logged into Facebook today, and a list of advice on books to read from Hemingway popped up in my feed. So, I clicked to see what I might be missing from my library. Though the list included literature I had read, such as “The Open Boat” by Stephen Crane and “War and Peace” by Leo Tolstoy, it also included some books I have not yet read. It is good to be reminded of this. Lists are good. Finding that story that will impact me and draw me into the story’s world and characters can be hard to find. Discovering literature can be like discovering beer, because there are so many different kinds of beer as there are many different kinds of fiction out there. Finding them requires some assistance.

Some time ago I compiled a list of books I had read. Including all of the books, fiction and nonfiction, I have read in my life would take too long. Therefore, when I write my list again it will include some of my favorites and ones that partly motivated me to be a writer and that influenced me in other ways.


Hemingway writing on his typewriter outside.

Hemingway’s list is below. See if you can find your read or next read.


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