Over the years I’ve read a fair bit, and below I’ve listed some books I feel hold weight for me. Some were influential in my work, and some in my life.
The Discworld series, by the late, great Terry Pratchett, because I have a pulse and some say, a brain. This link will lead you to my favourite.
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood. I can never stay away from a good dystopian novel, and needless to say this is executed with such flair. I’d heartily recommend the MaddAddam trilogy to anyone.
Michael Moorcock’s Elric series, though I can’t claim to have read them all.
A smattering of Carlos Castaneda. Although I read The Teachings of Don Juan and others when I was very young, and I can’t claim to have understood all of it, it was still a formative experience.
The following children’s books: The Redwall Series by Brian Jacques, and the Deptford Mice Series by Robin Jarvis (which is a great read by any standard; very dark). The reason I highlight these is because for me they were a great escape. I read for full days at a time. The hours I spent in these worlds with their epic journeys and monomythic form certainly had an impact on my writing today.
David Eddings’s Sparhawk double trilogy. I’ve got to say I think that a lot of the structure and settings in Eddings’s works are pretty similar, but he was the master of readability.