Books that Shaped Me

  1. The Code of the Woosters, Leave it to Psmith, and various other P.G. Wodehouse efforts.
    Nobody has ever put words together quite like him. So sharp, funny, and weird.
  2. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
    Absolutely perfect on love, culpability, and second chances. And it ends up being a beautiful defense of democracy. I think about it all the time and I first read it at least 12 years ago.
  3. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
    Just really close to my heart. Cassandra is my soul sister.
  4. The Lord Peter Wimsey series by Dorothy L. Sayers
    Maybe started me off on my love of England between the two wars as a setting. Lord Peter is the literary love of my life.
  5. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
    When I try to write funny, I'm really trying to write like William Goldman
  6. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    Before I read this, I loved books. Pride and Prejudice made me love literature.