Any books you think ought to be read by people in their early to mid teens. Perhaps books you think teach life lessons, books you found important as a teen, or even books you wish you had read as a young teenager.
I'm thinking mainly of novels here... Here are a few of my suggestions:
The Alchemist. Taken from Wikipedia, the book's main theme is about finding one's destiny. According to The New York Times, The Alchemist is "more self-help than literature".
The Stranger. A synopsis of the final part tells you all you need to know to fall head over heels for this book:
Meursault finally accosts him in a rage, with a climactic outburst on his frustrations and the absurdity of the human condition and his personal anguish at the meaninglessness of his existence without respite. At the beginning of his outrage he mentions other people in anger, that they have no right to judge him for his actions or for who he is, and no one has the right to judge someone else. Meursault ultimately grasps the universe's indifference towards humankind which allows him to come to terms with his (spoiler).
The Picture of Dorian Gray for obvious reasons.
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- Thread Starter
- 01-11-2015 15:26
- 01-11-2015 15:28
The noughts and crosses series by malorie blackman.
- 01-11-2015 15:32
The Diary of Anne Frank
- 01-11-2015 15:34
Pingu and Where's Waldo
- 01-11-2015 15:38
50 shades of grey
- PS Reviewer
- 01-11-2015 15:46
Nothing specific - just read widely and as much as possible.
The books have stuck with me from growing up are:
The Way of all Flesh - Samuel Butler (Year 4) No reason other than that it was the first "adult" book I remember reading.
Wuthering Heights - Bronte (Year 6) A classic.
Of Mice and Men - Steinbeck (Year 7) Still one of my favourite books
Old Kingdom Trilogy - Garth Nix (Year 8) I just remember loving them
Discoure on the Method - Desscartes (Year 8/9 I think) The first philosophy book I remember reading
My point is, it is more important to foster a love of reading than to have read anything in particular.
- 01-11-2015 19:29
Definitely the Harry Potter series, personally!
It depends what you're interested in! Reading classics are always good, but then again you might struggle to get into them as a kid. I think as long as you've joined the library and read widely and keep an open mind you're sorted. I only really broadened my horizons a few years ago and I definitely don't regret it, but I've always loved reading since I was very young. It's great now I buy my own books and I just order random new books online on Wordery because there's always discounts and free delivery, and then I can see if I like them!
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- 01-11-2015 19:30
I capture the Castle
Read everything by Jodi Picoult, she's a gifted writer.
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- 01-11-2015 19:35
Read 'A Thousand Splendid Suns' and 'The Kite Runner'. Both amazing books
- 01-11-2015 19:37
the humans by matt haig
it's not that it's an amazing book, but the ending really gave me motivation to actually do something with my life
which, you know, naturally i was already intending on doing but a little motivation never hurts
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- 02-11-2015 19:18
The Picture of Dorian Gray if you're about 17/18. Really opened my eyes to realise looks isn't important!
The Percy Jackson series. Good if you like Greek Mythology. But also shows you the importance of friendship, loyalty and one's role has in society.
To Kill a Mockingbird. One of my favourite novels ever!
- Community Assistant
- 09-11-2015 15:51
To Kill A Mockingbird
On the Road
The Great Gatsby
Of Mice and Men
Pride and Prejudice
Sense and Sensibility
- 09-11-2015 20:52
The Book Thief (beautifully written, set in Nazi German)
American Pastoral (a gritty realist American novel with themes of home grown terrorism, how being the popular kid at school isn't as great a life as you might think)
Life and Fate (a very moving tale, set during the siege of Stalingrad and the Holocaust discussing self-identity and features an amazing range of really well written characters)
Another one which had a significant impact on my life when I was 17 is The Brothers Karamazov because I wrote my personal statement for philosophy based on it, and I got accepted into all my choices.