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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).

2016-17 Read-to-Write Books


Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: A Novel
by Jonathan Safran Foer
In Memoriam on the 15th Anniversary of the 9/11 Terrorist Attack


Enrique’s Journey: The Story of a Boy’s Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother
by Sonia Nazario
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize


The Moviegoer
by Walker Percy
National Book Award Winner 1962


The Wright Brothers
by David McCullough
#1 New York Times bestseller


A Tale of Two Cities
by Charles Dickens

February (Black History Month)

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
by Harriet Ann Jacobs

I am well aware that many will accuse me of indecorum for presenting these pages to the public; for the experiences of this intelligent and much-injured woman belong to a class which some call delicate subjects, and others indelicate. This peculiar phase of Slavery has generally been kept veiled; but the public ought to be made acquainted with its monstrous features, and I willingly take the responsibility of presenting them with the veil withdrawn.
— L. Maria Child, Editor, 1861


The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains
by Nicholas Carr
Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, 2011

April (National Poetry Month)

From Nothing: Poems
by Anya Krugovoy Silver

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!