Yesterday was the last official meeting of the creative writing class that I teach. Almost everyone was there, and as is usually the case, we were all a little giddy – either from glee with the prospect of the end of the term or from lack of sleep – these feelings are remarkably similar.

For that class meeting, I asked them to bring me their book recommendations since I hope to do my normal holiday binge reading. Here are the books they recommended:

Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles

Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith

The Foundation for Inner Peace’s A Course in Miracles

The Art of Happiness by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Iron John by Robert Bly

Wild at Heart and Captivating by John Eldredge

Chosen Comic Book Series by Mark Millar

House by Frank C. Peretti and Ted Dekker

The Beast of Noor by Janet Lee Carey

I love the variety in this list, and I plan to read all of them.

If you had to pick two books to recommend to writers who are just starting out in their craft, what books would you want to share with them?

Also, don’t forget the “Best Book of 2009” giveaway. Win five Bookmooch points just for naming the best book you read this year. Visit that post and make a comment. I can’t wait to read your recommendations, too. Thanks.