Reader recommendation: My Reading Life Monitor readers share their favorite book picks. By Bill Hill, Tampa, Fla. February 17, 2011 About video ads View Caption of My Reading Life by Pat Conroy is the author’s love letter to literature and his favorite writers. Prominent among the latter are Leo Tolstoy, Margaret Mitchell, Thomas Wolfe, and James Dickey. His admiration and enthusiasm, though not unbiased, are inspiring and contagious. Recommended: Could you pass a US citizenship test?