Three MUST READ Books For Aspiring Online Writers

Reading is FUNdamental.

Joe Bee

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If you're into writing, reading should be your trusty sidekick, like Batman and Bill Cosby. Now, some writers out there might think, "Why should I bother with reading? People should read my stuff!" I hate to break it to you, but reading is like the secret sauce — it's a must.

Think of your mind as a well, and for it to be helpful, you've gotta fill it up. Ideally, it'd be filled with knowledge, but you're stuck if some mafia types decide to toss in the occasional lifeless body. Let the mob do their thing unless you fancy ending up as worm food in your well.

Now, there are plenty of great books to hone your writing craft, but let's dive into three hidden gems that'll tickle your fancy:

1. The Babysitter's Club: Boy-Crazy Stacey

Picture this: a work trip to the Jersey Shore to babysit for the Pike family. Sounds like a breeze. Wrong. Mary-Anne and Stacey find themselves in a showdown when Stacey crosses paths with a hunky lifeguard named Scott.

Stacey's head over heels, hovering around that lifeguard stand like a diabetic seagull. But Mary-Anne, the voice of reason, knows Scott's nothing but trouble — a hit-and-quit kinda guy.

Now, you might think this is just your run-of-the-mill young adult novel, but it's a sneak peek into the mind of a woman about to become a bitter single forty-something who blames Mary-Anne for not sounding the alarm about Scott, the lifeguard who will probably give her an STD.

2. A Peace of My Mind: The Poetry of Charlie Sheen

Yes, you read that right — it's the "Wild Thing" himself, Charlie Sheen, with a poetry book from the '90s that'll make your eyebrows do a little dance. Sheen takes us on a wild ride through cosmic coitus, translating for us mere mortals what it's like to rock the universe to its core.

If you're a word connoisseur or have seen the cinematic masterpiece "Terminal Velocity," this sweaty book of prose is your golden ticket. Here's a taste:

"Afternoon chaos turned to laughter, As the lady in grey pierces the surface of the private aquarium…"

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