The 23rd of April is a symbolic date when the whole world celebrates Book and Copyright Day. It is considered the day of tribute to the outstanding writers Miguel de Cervantes, Shakespeare, and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega who died on this day.
Today we are recognizing the significance of books as the link between cultures and traditions, the past and the future. What’s more, we’re encouraging everyone, younger generations in particular, to discover the pleasure of reading.
So, for those of you who live by reading and writing, here is a solid compilation of 5 must-read books:
1. Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose
Start with a nice little guided tour on the tools and tricks of such masters of writing like Philip Roth, George Eliot, and others. Francine Prose invites you to discover the beauty of long sentences, brilliant characterizations, magnificent dialogs. This will definitely help enjoy every next book you are going to read and save a couple of tricks for yourself in case of writing inspiration.
2. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
Another substantial part memoire, part master class on writer’s craft by one of the most iconic writers of all times, Stephen King. This well-structured and inspiring advice on the basic tools for writers will entertain everyone interested in both a good autobiography read and a practical view of the trade.
3. The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr.
An American professor of English created a clear and comprehensive guide on improving your writing skills. This book will be of interest to those who prefer a plain English style as mr. Strunk is definitely promoting it. Learn to communicate your message more effectively by enlivening every sentence.
4. Why I Write by George Orwell
A good selection of politically charged essays on language and writing from the genius of dystopia. Why writers write, how did Orwell himself started to make up stories as a child, and how it all evolved as he grew older. These short stories keep being as entertaining and relevant as they always were.
5. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
The cherry on top, the brilliant landmark novel telling the story of the continuous conflict of the desire of solitude and the always-there need for love.
These chronicles of magical realism is a good way to polish and anchor your new knowledge on how to enjoy reading to the fullest and write like a pro.
Celebrate the World Book and Copyright Day: open books, travel through cultures and traditions, dive into the past and catch a glimpse of the future.