The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum - If you know me at all, you would have been shocked to not see this on my list. Do me a favor and forget there was ever a movie and go read this book as if you had never heard of Oz before. I know how sacrilegious that sounds. I love Judy, too! But think about this. Baum wrote the first book two decades before women could even vote and chose to put a little girl with courage and passion right in the thick of the unknown. As an eleven-year-old girl making my way through all thirteen Oz books, it left quite the impression. Even more than the books, the made-for-TV movie about L. Frank Baum starring John Ritter (“Dreamer of Oz”) pulled back the veil of how an author could create these worlds and tales with such wonder, inspired by the daily moments and characters around them.
The Killing Joke by Alan Moore/Brian Bolland - Why am I grateful for the graphic novel that sent my comic hero into one of the most challenging moments of her life? Because of who she chose to become, despite her tragedy. (After this book, Barbara Gordon, aka Batgirl, became a wheelchair bound superhero known as Oracle.) It’s especially poignant when we see how the Joker chose his path after the tragedies of his past.
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert - One tends to become a creator because they fall in love with either the creative process, the finished product, or the recognition. Lifetime creators rarely see enough of the latter. When a perspective comes along that can make you recognize the power in the creating and teach you the magic it takes to breathe life into a piece of art, be it music or stories, that is something you do not forget, and you best share it with other creators you love. Read this as an instruction manual, but let it inspire you like a heartfelt folktale.
I love anything that blends my passions. What are my passions? So many. If you have a book that marries myth, folklore, history, philosophy, and adventure, there’s a good chance I’ll jump right into the thick of it with you. Therefore, authors who did not make this list but hang out in my dream garden together are as follows: Neil Gaimen, Dan Brown, C.S. Lewis, Edith Nesbit, and J.K. Rowling to name a few.
I am ashamed to admit that I have not read many authors that I feel deserve my time. I also feel like I do not even know many of the hidden masters that do not get enough recognition. Therefore, I implore you, introduce me to the authors that you feel should get an invitation to my little mind-garden party.
Annette Williams McCann
Writer |Musician | Holistic Wellness Specialist
When she isn't writing traditional stories, Annette is spinning tales in song. Her other passions include a wide variety of self-improvement topic which she explores on Harmony of a Creative Life.
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