T.S. Eliot asserts, "Wide valuable because in the process of being affected by one powerful personality after another, we cease to be dominated by anyone, or by any small number."

In addition, theologian Michael S. Horton notes, "Those who do not care to read secular books will be impoverished and will be susceptible to subtle and indirect seduction, while those who do not carefully study Scripture will lose their only plumb line for judging truth from error, belief from unbelief, right from wrong."

Recognizing the truth inherent in Eliot's and Horton's perspectives and recognizing that great writing stems from reading great writing, the CU Writing Center encourages the CU campus to read a book of literature a month.

And it won't just be novels. We'll throw in poetry, nonfiction, and plays, too.

Books to make you think. Books that are beautifully written. Books that may, or may not, be "Christian." Books whose styles and ideas will trickle through the veins of your minds, through your fingers, and into your own words.

You must read to write (well).

2014-2015 Read-to-Write Books


Little Women
by Louisa May Alcott


Walden and Civil Disobedience
by Henry David Thoreau


by Geraldine Brooks
Winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize


by Laura Hillenbrand


by Shūsaku Endō
Winner of the 1996 Tanizaki Prize, Japan


The Good Lord Bird
by James McBride
Winner of the 2013 National Book Award


Dear Life
by Alice Munro
Winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature


The Kingdom of Ordinary Time
by Marie Howe
Finalist for the 2008 Los Angeles Times Book Prize

As always, the writing center will give out five FREE copies of these books each month to the first five students who come and meet with tutors and ask for one!