Need books to read!!! I just finished my grade 12 and since I'll be having so much free time in my hands I want to immerse myself in the art of reading. Please suggest books that a sixteen year-old may find interesting? Any category is accepted and welcome!

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I highly recommend the Beautiful Creatures series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.  The first novel Beautiful Creatures is written in a dark Southern gothic style and brings its own style of fantasy and magic to small town life in Gatlin, South Carolina. 

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You don't mention what you plan to major in when you attend college. If you plan on anything English-related, you may want to get a jump on some Shakespearean plays. Otherwise, here is a short list of my favorite novels.

  • Catch-22, by Joseph Heller. World War II anti-war satire.
  • The Painted Bird, by Jerzy Kosinski.  A youth's travels through Poland during the Holocaust.
  • To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee (if you somehow were not required to read it earlier).
  • The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway. Drinking and romancing in post-World War I Paris. 
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I would suggest taking some time to read literary classics. One of my favorites is Frankenstein. If you are planning to go to college, you may want to look at some of the texts specific classes will have as required reading. I do commend you on taking this time to expand your literary mind--there are many books that I would love to read, but cannot find the time to.

Some suggestions:

The Sound and the Fury- Faulkner

Germinal- Zola

McTeague- Norris

 

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Depending on your willingness to take on a challenge and your areas of interest...I'd suggest: 

  • As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  • Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien 
  • 1984 by George Orwell

 

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When I graduated from high school, I spent the time before starting college reading a list of the recommended books to read before college.  It was an excellent experience, because I was introduced to many books I may not otherwise have read.  I do not know where I got the list, but here are some:

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