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What books shall I read? I am 17.What books shall I read? I am 17.
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- Catcher in the Rye-J.D. Salinger
- Of Mice and Men-John Steinbeck
- Night-Elie Wieset
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn-Mark Twain
- Melissa De La Cruz
- Richelle Mead
- Maureen Jhonson
- Ellen Schreiber
- Yann Martel
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It really depends on the type of personality u have. What sort of books do u like - adventurous, humorous, scary??
Posted by scorpio37 on April 15, 2012 at 5:49 PM (Answer #2)
Let me try to help you focus on the question: Literature, besides giving the pleasures of "living in that world" for a while, also gradually broaden your understanding of "how the world works," and, by extension, your "wisdom," your relationship with your own past and future. We all have a list of our favorite literature, but it was formed "ex post facto" from the joy and wisdom the books gave us at a certain point in our life's journey. Some of those books are famous and world-changing; some are more personal, more subjective. Rather than offer my list as examples, let me suggest that you start exploring--perhaps an anthology like one of Norton's (there are many, even there--English Literature, World Literature, American Literature, etc.) Just float through it; no preconceived conditions need exist. Something will catch your attention--a title, a brief line, a genre, an author, a footnote, etc. You need only pay attention, follow your instincts, and remove your "Toga mind" (logic, reason, cause-and-effect, rationalization, etc.) from the process; let serendipity and accident take your interest wherever it wants to go, with no-one to "answer to." The next step will be excitingly obvious to you.
Posted by wordprof on April 15, 2012 at 6:10 PM (Answer #3)
There are so many good books, it's hard to know where to begin. I won't recommend any books that I think appeal mainly to males, such as Hemingway's stuff and Moby Dick. Here are some I think most women will enjoy and learn from:
The Great Gatsby and Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
Light in August by William Faulkner
The Snopes Trilogy by William Faulkner (if you liked Light in August; the three parts of the Snopes Trilogy are The Hamlet, The Town, and The Mansion)
Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger (no doubt you've read The Catcher in the Rye)
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
(and if you like that, try War and Peace)
Washington Square by Henry James
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Swann's Way by Marcel Proust (this is the first book in his Remembrance of Things Past. If you like Swann's Way you can read all the others).
The Thurber Carnival by James Thurber
The Points of My Compass by E. B. White
Short stories of Guy de Maupassant (he wrote almost 400 of them, and was probably the best short story writer ever)
Complete Short Stories of John Collier
Complete Short Stories of John Cheever
Maybe some Dickens??? Little Dorrit, The Old Curiosity Shop, Hard Times, Great Expectations, David Copperfield
More Than Human by Theodore Sturgeon
Posted by billdelaney on April 15, 2012 at 6:46 PM (Answer #4)
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You can try readinfg the books of the Bible There are very interesting stories with lessons there. Try it!!
Posted by elekzy on April 16, 2012 at 2:54 AM (Answer #5)
scorpio37 I don't really have a preference, books i liked before have been 'elsewhere', 'the boy in the striped pyjamas' and 'the notebook' thankyou x xwordprof you're too clever for me i don't understand what you said sorry thankyou anyway! x x x
billdelaney Omg thankyou! x x
elekzy already read the bible! i'm an angel :) x x
Posted by georginger95 on April 16, 2012 at 6:48 PM (Answer #6)
Middle School Teacher
I have just finished the Hunger Games trilogy and I would highly recommend it. I started the first book around 6pm one night and ended up not going to sleep and just reading throughout the night. I planned to save the next book to read during a long car trip, but I broke down and bought the second book within the next two days. It was by far one of the best series I have read recently.
Posted by lentzk on April 17, 2012 at 10:50 PM (Answer #7)
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Also, books about religions and culture of peoples... ^_*
Posted by loraaa on April 18, 2012 at 6:05 AM (Answer #8)
Middle School Teacher
Try looking up the new books or bestsellers for young adults. Also put into your local librarys catalog a search for topics you are interested in and see what you come up with. Ask your friends and teachers what they like and try them!
Do not feel like there is a particular list of books you NEED to read. Do not feel like the only literature worth reading is at least 50 years old. Start with what interests you and branch out.
I personally love the Twilight series, the Harry Potters, The Series of Unfortunate Events, in the young adult category. My all time favorite book is Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (has a great movie version too and some sequels) My students always like Cheaper by the Dozen. I am also a fan of Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice is my favorite, but I love all her work) I also read Stephen King, Barbara Kingsolver, Walter Mosley, Maeve Binchey, Jodi Piccoult and many others. I find wandering the library or talking to the librarians and friends the best way to find books I like and expand my reading list.
Lastly, I will say that I do like to look up the "100 best" type lists and see how many I have read and try some I haven't. Good luck! and Happy Reading!
Posted by catd1115 on April 18, 2012 at 2:24 PM (Answer #9)
If you want some timeless books that have been appreciated over time, try:
These books aren't too long and are written in a straightforward manner; it's not like trying to wade through Shakespeare (although he's great).
Posted by mwalter822 on April 18, 2012 at 4:32 PM (Answer #10)
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Age has little to do with what you should read i was 8 when i was reading J.R.R Tolkien, now i'm 15 and i'm reading books that are supposed to be for 8 year old (i find them amusing).
Posted by overworked on June 4, 2012 at 1:16 AM (Answer #12)
I am also 17.
I dont normally have the patience for reading, but when i do i tend to read books by Lurlene McDaniel. Her books are so good. You really get into them fast.
-Telling Christina Goodbye
-Six months to live
-Mother please dont die
These were my favorite!
Posted by savannalynnx33 on June 4, 2012 at 9:24 AM (Answer #13)
Fo my knowledge Pride and Prejudice is excellent for your age
Posted by melonsmasher on June 4, 2012 at 12:13 PM (Answer #14)
There is a book priceless. I am currently reading it. It is very great. The back of the book reads: American photojournalist Stuart Daniels has found purpose in life. After enduring the fallout of a tragic assignment. Daniels has rediscovered his faith while helping a young African orphan. Now his photo work carries a greater mission: to educate people about social injustice happening around the world.
Daniels' next assignment carries him back overseas and into the heart of Russia, where an old friend persuades him to helf save two girls form a desperate situation involving the Russian mafia. Soon, he becomes a key player in a dangerous campaign to rescue helpless firls trapped in the sex-slave industry. What Daniels encounters during his journey will shake his faith, test his courage, and even threated his life. Yet as Daniel travels deeper and the stakes become higher, he discovers that hope can be found even in the darkest of places.
I hope that if you do read this book it impacts your life like it did mine.
Posted by fzil on June 5, 2012 at 1:23 PM (Answer #15)
Read books written by Nicholas Sparks,they are just awesome. Here i'm giving you a list:-
2)A walk to remember
3)The last song
Posted by satavisha on June 6, 2012 at 4:50 AM (Answer #16)
What books shall I read? I am 17.
What books shall I read? I am 17.
I am not really sure if you like paranormal type books, but if you want to give them a chance I can give you a couple of titles and authors.
A few of my favorite Authors are:
check them out, they are really good authors that will make your heart waiver with every word they have written.
Posted by naty94 on June 10, 2012 at 8:07 PM (Answer #17)
I would highly recommend the Gone series by Micheal Grant. There are 5 books in the series. They are Gone, Hunger, Lies, Plague and Fear. The series is centered around the California town of Perdido Beach. Every human 15 and older vanishes, and the town and surrounding areas are encased within an impenetrable bubble. Many of the people and wildlife develop supernatural powers. THe story goes on about the Kids survival.
Posted by amanda-panda on June 10, 2012 at 8:32 PM (Answer #18)
I love Twenty Boy Summer. :)
Check it out! ^^
Posted by theatreperformer on June 11, 2012 at 3:36 PM (Answer #19)
If you like romance and fantasy in reality, i will suggest "Enchanted Ivy" by Sarah Beth Durst, "Fateful" by Claudia Grey and the Dragon Diaries by Deborah Cooke.
and if you like greek mythology, you have to check out the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan (just saying if you havent read them...)
there is also the "once upon a time series" they are actually different fairy tales with a twist. i know my description sounds quite childish but no they are not like the movie "tangled". You should read them first. They are really quite good:)
Posted by cheoelis on June 11, 2012 at 4:46 PM (Answer #20)
oh, how about the chronicals of narnia?
Posted by cheoelis on June 11, 2012 at 4:48 PM (Answer #21)
Elementary School Teacher
try novels :) i love Jane Eyer , the railway children or pride and prejudice
Posted by renoa on June 12, 2012 at 2:57 PM (Answer #22)
High School Teacher
Since you are a senior, I am wondering what you have already read? I, too, really enjoyed the Hunger Games trilogy, but so did my fifth grade neice. If you're looking for somehting more sophisticated, you may enjoy the Steg Larson books, The Girl Who Played With Fire, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. They are graphic and disturbing, but nothing a mature young adult couldn't handle. There are lots of amazing new fantasy writers these days. Have you read the Ice and Fire series by George Martin, Game of Thronesis the first. Of course, as previous posters have said, you should read the classics and/or core high school literature, Catcher, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Great Gatsby, as much Shakespeare as you can get your hands on and see it performed as well! You can always do a google search of recommended literatue for college-bound high school students. Almost all the above-mentioned show up on these lists. Good luck and keep reading and thinking!
Posted by abuers on June 13, 2012 at 4:24 AM (Answer #23)
Elementary School Teacher
I highly recommend Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. If you're looking for a good series to read, I suggest the Odd Thomas series by Dean Koontz.
Posted by mattyploof on June 14, 2012 at 5:29 PM (Answer #24)
High School Teacher
Read Jane Austen's novels
Posted by meche88 on June 15, 2012 at 6:19 PM (Answer #25)
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