The SHANNON MUIR’S INFINITE HOUSE OF BOOKS column that normally runs on Thursdays is a place at Shannon Muir’s author website showcasing books from a variety of fiction genres, with an emphasis on interviews and guest posts from other authors. One thing Shannon firmly believes in for readers not only to learn about new books available, but about those who craft the tales behind them. As its name implies, SHANNON MUIR’S INFINITE HOUSE OF BOOKS weekly column features writers from all genres of fiction who want their potential audience to get to know them, and their works, better.

However, as we near toward the end of the year, Shannon is going to take these remaining Thursdays to talk about the books most influential to her, and why they have withstood the test of time. These will run every Thursday, leading up to the end-of-the-year review on December 31st, 2020, which is also a Thursday.

Another set of “must read” books for me since childhood would be L. Frank Baum and the original 14 books in the OZ series. I’ve read some that came out after his death, and many didn’t hold up to the strong world-building and sense of wonder in Baum’s materials.

Though he created many fanciful characters, I related most to both Dorothy and the Wizard – I think, even subconsciously, I knew they were the “everypeople” (folks just like us, even with their flaws) getting to experience an incredible and wonderful, fantastical world.