Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte
I was 23, a college graduate, and had been assigned to read it twice before (in high school AND college) and had dodged it both times, reading just enough to pass any essay test. I hated reading, despite the fact that I work as a writer and an editor. One day it was rainy and cold and nothing was on TV, so I begrudgingly picked up that tattered old copy of Wuthering Heights purely out of boredom. I had read the whole thing by the next day. I’m not sure what clicked, but I have never been without a book on my bedside table since then. I felt like I had an awakening that day. —Claudia King Taylor
I had read loads of books and enjoyed them as a kid. But it was at 13 Wuthering Heights caught me. The dark passion! I’ve read it a number of times since; a different level spoke to me each time. A wonderful book. —Sue Lumley
I was 13. It has everything: supernatural, romance, overcoming obstacles. I fell in love. —Audrey Rose Weiss
It was the first time I came across my name in print and I have been hooked on reading ever since. —Cathy Smith Troutt
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