Books That Changed Your Life: J.T. Ellison

Store favorite and NYT-bestselling author J.T. Ellison will be coming back to Reading Rock on May 28th at 6:30pm. We’ll start out the evening with a short update on her books and writing (she’s written two books with Catherine Coulter since her last visit to Reading Rock), and then she’ll be signing copies of What Lies Behind, her newest book and the fourth in the Dr. Samantha Owens series.

As part of Independent Bookstore Day on May 2, we asked J.T. for a list of books that changed her life. Come to the store that day and see our display of books that helped make J.T. the fabulous writer she is today. Here’s her list (the comments are hers):



Mind Prey
Every Dead Thing
Running Blind


Mind Prey by John Sandford, which inspired the Taylor Jackson series
Every Dead Thing by John Connolly inspired my ever-evolving writing style
Running Blind by Lee Child, for the most evocative autopsy scene ever


The Deathly Hallows
Here Be Dragons

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, one of the best books ever written (I’ve read it 9 times)
Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling, one of the finest examples of how to end a series
Here Be Dragons by Sharon Penman, which spurred a lifelong love of Arthurian legends


Forever by Judy Blume – um… first sex?
Anthem by Ayn Rand
Book VII of Plato’s Republic – The Allegory of the Cave – got me into graduate school

Ghost Story

Ghost Story by Peter Straub, the scariest book I’ve ever read, taught me I HATE to be scared
My all-time favorite is Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov


We cherish our relationship with J.T. Ellison and the other wonderful Tennessee authors who support us. Thanks, J.T.!

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