I LOVE to read. Anything and everything (although I have a hard time with non-fiction, especially textbooks). Have you heard of the BBC’s list of 100 books that everyone should read, but the average person will only read 6? (fyi, I’ve read 49 of them). Or the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge? Or the World Library’s 100 Best Books of All Time?
The problem with most of these lists is that it’s mostly classic literature. And I will argue to the death that classic literature is the best type of literature of all time (I think most English Lit majors would do the same). However, sometimes even I don’t have the brain power to stomach all the old-way-jargon of the Romantic period, or can decipher the Southern vernacular found in Twain or Faulkner. I mean, I love ’em, but these books aren’t always the easiest to digest.
So I’ve put together a mini list of books that you should read–in addition to the other lists–that are a combination of old and new. Some will be the same as the other lists, some are my own additions.
1. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen (I mean, duh)
2. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling (another duh)
3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
4. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
5. Matched Series by Ally Condie
6. The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins
7. The Wolves of Mercy Falls Series (Shiver, Linger, Forever) by Maggie Stiefvater
8. The Family Tree by Carole Cadwalladr
9. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky
11. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
12. Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank Gilbreth, Jr.
13. The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis
14. Faithful Place by Tana French
15. A Little Princes by Frances Hodgson Burnett
16. The Mysterious Benedict Society series by Trenton Lee Stewart
17. Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Anne Burns
18. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
19. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
20. Atonement by Ian McEwan
I could go on, and maybe I will in other posts, but let’s be honest, no one reads the entire 100 lists. So I’ll just keep it short for now.