I love to read.

You know that by now.

But I’m not a picky reader.

I love magazines [like Real Simple],

our book club books [currently: I Am the Messenger],

and teen fiction that I’m probably too old to read but end up absolutely loving [The Hunger Games].

Fiction. Non-fiction. You name it, I’ll read it.

[Except horror books. Or sexy books. Or sexy horror books.]

But one genre that I am enjoying so so much is literature about writing. I don’t think I’ll ever be a writer who writes about writing, but I’m grateful that some of my favorite writers write about writing.

[Say that three times fast.]

In the writing genre, here are a few of my favorites:

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. I’m not a massive fan of all of her stuff, but this was the first writing book I ever read and it did a lot to shape the start of my career.

Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art by Madeleine L’Engle. This book is like a warm soy chai on a cool morning on a porch.

On Writing Well by William Zinsser. A classic.

Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg. This one is new to me thanks to my new favorite blogista Kelle Hampton. I’ve read three chapters and it has already changed my writing habits and I’ve had four conversations about what I’ve read.

So. It’s a good book.

I know there are tons more great books on writing or art or creativity. Do you have a favorite book of this type that I didn’t mention?

You know I’ll read it. I’m a total sucker for those cute 26 letters and all the ways they combine.