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).

2015-16 Read-to-Write Books


All Quiet on the Western Front
by Erich Maria Remarque


All the Light We Cannot See
by Anthony Doerr
Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for fiction


Around the World in Eighty Days
by Jules Verne


Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's History-Making Race around the World
by Matthew Goodman
A Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, USA Today “New and Notable” book, and Amazon Best History Book of the Month


A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society
by Eugene Peterson

February (Black History Month)

Citizen: An American Lyric
by Claudia Rankine
Finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry, Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry, Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism, Winner of the NAACP Image Award, Winner of the L.A. Times Book Prize, Winner of the PEN Open Book Award


To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman
by Harper Lee

April (National Poetry Month)

How Dante Can Save Your Life: The Life-Changing Wisdom of History's Greatest Poem
by Rod Dreher


The Divine Comedy (The Inferno, The Purgatorio, and The Paradiso)
by Dante Alighieri, Trans. John Ciardi

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!