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Become a Writer after reading them.

I'm interested in finding out the books that people read where after they read it they said, "This is something that I want to do." Or better yet, "I [I]have[/I] to do this." They can be books for good or bad reasons. Books that you loved, or books that you hated. Books that made you do what Chuck did when he kept picking up books at the library and reading the first pages saying, "This is crap, this is crap," I can do better.

Or maybe they were instructional "how to" books that are out there.

I know with myself, ever since I could pick up a pencil I wanted to be a writer. And I did write. But it wasn't until I read the book The Mayor of Casterbridge in high school that I said, this is something I have to fucking do. And it's not that I even liked that book. Hell, it was long, and tedious, and boring. But that book, coupled with my creative writing teacher turning me on to Bob Dylan's music set something off in me that said, "I am going to do this."

Of course...all of these years later, I'm still saying it.

But anyways, books that inspired you in one way or another, if you please...