I began writing Little Warrior Brother in 2014 and found that I grew immensely from the person I was when I began the process and the person who received my first copy in the mail, three years later. If it can help even one person in the way it helped me, I'll consider it the greatest success of my life's work. In the end, that's what life is about. All we have is each other. Sometimes we stand up for the people in our lives or the world but then fail to stand up for ourselves in the process. Not in the sense that we are all incredible forces of good or evil in this world, but more to say in small ways we end up burning out without even realizing it. For myself, my favorite books have been helpful as much as entertaining, even though they are of course meant for whatever an individual needs or gains from them. For me, they are beautiful stories I can step into to escape my own at times. Sometimes I find answers and truths or maybe even smaller and yet more important things like hope and happiness. Sometimes the story itself is too fun to need a philosophical or spiritual purpose other than it's existence. All this to say,

here are the top 20 life altering books/authors I've read that I recommend...

  1. The Time Traveler's Wife (Audrey Niffenegger) Sequel out soon I'm hearing!
  2. Sandman, American Gods, Neverwhere, The Graveyard Book, Stardust (Neil Gaiman) A sequel to Neverwhere is being written at the moment according to Gaiman!
  3. Dark Tower Series, The Stand, On Writing, etc of course.. (Stephen King)
  4. A Song of Ice and Fire (George RR Martin)
  5. Mother Night, Slaughterhouse Five, Cat's Cradle, Blue Beard (Kurt Vonnegut)
  6. Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow (Orson Scott Card)
  7. Dune (Frank Herbert)
  8. Ready Player One (China Miéville)
  9. King Rat (Chaina Maivelle)
  10. Vampire Chronicles (Anne Rice)
  11. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
  12. Watership Down (Richard Adams)
  13. Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)
  14. In Cold Blood (Truman Capote) Book and movie are incredible.
  15. The Road (Cormac McCarthy)
  16. The Fault in our Stars (John Green)
  17. Watchmen (Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons)
  18. Tribe (Sebastian Junger)
  19. The Chronicles of Narnia (C.S. Lewis)
  20. The Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkien)