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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).

2018-19 Read-to-Write Books


The Remains of the Day
by Kazuo Ishiguro
Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and the Booker Prize


by Art Spiegelman
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize


Cancer Ward
by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature


On Reading Well
by Karen Swallow Prior

February (Black History Month)

Between the World and Me
by Ta-Nehisi Coates


Washington: A Life
by Ron Chernow
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize


Particular Scandals
by Julie Moore

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