Award-winning author, Aneta Cruz was born and raised in the Czech Republic. She spent most of her childhood hiding in the library because her friends called her a liar. In her defense, she was only “telling stories.” There, Cruz fell in love with books and vowed to become an author. She’d heard that dreams come true in America, so she packed her suitcase and got on the plane shortly after her twentieth birthday. Since then Cruz has earned a BA in English Literature, MFA in Creative Writing, and published a-Muse-me[a]nt, a Collection of Poetry and Prose. Her works can be found in Badlands, the GNU, the Global Alchemy Forum, and Mused. Cruz is the winner of the 2011 Desert Literary Society Fiction Award. Her debut novel, Heart-Break Hotel, will be released by Black Opal Books on September 14, 2013.

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AAAaaaAollection of Essays by George Orwell

A Collection of Essays by George Orwell

“A Modest Proposal” by Jonathan Swift  

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

a-Muse-me[a]nt  by Yours Truly
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Being There by Jerzy Kosinsky
Carrie by Stephen King
“Cathedral” by Raymond Carver
Chariots of the Gods by Erich von Daniken
City of Glass by Paul Auster
Devil’s Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea
Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe
Dracula by Bram Stoker

Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling

Heartbreak Hotel by Yours Truly
“Hills Like White Elephants” by Ernest Hemingway
Ishmael by Daniel Quinn

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Last Night in Montreal by Emily St. John Mandel
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
On Writing by Stephen King
Pericles by William Shakespeare
Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
The 12th Planet by Zecharaia Sitchins 

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Hangman's Daughter ,by Oliver PotzschOliver Pötzsch,Oliver Pötzsch,Oliver Pötzsch, 

The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell
The Hours by Michael Cunningham
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

“The Machine Stops” by E. M. Forster

The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by E. A. Poe
The Portable Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe
The Shining by Stephen King
The Tempest by William Shakespeare
The World According to Garp by John Irving
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
We Children from the ZOO Station by Christiane F.