As a part of becoming a well-rounded adult, educating yourself with a good book is a great place to start. I am going to discuss a few books that I feel are a MUST READ before entering your college years.
A Christmas Carol
This book is about an old, grumpy man, Ebenezer Scrooge, who is awakened by spirits on Christmas Eve. These spirits show Scrooge, from the outside looking in, the opportunities he wasted in his younger days, his cruelties, and simply his miserable existence and that a dreadful fate awaits him if he doesn’t change. He faces the ultimate question: Death or redemption?
Three different ghosts throughout the night visit Scrooge: the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present, and the Ghost of Christmas Yet. The Ghost of Christmas Past shows how happy he once was until his greed for money got in the way. The Ghost of Christmas Present shows the lives of people currently. And lastly, the Ghost of Christmas Yet shows his fate if his ways don’t change.
This is a tale written to illustrate how Christmas spirit inspires good and moral tendencies in people rather than selfish, greedy, immoral tendencies we may face because of other factors in our lives. It also shows that anyone can redeem themselves from their darkest hour through appreciation and love.
If you don’t get a chance to read the book, familiarize yourself with the story. It has some life lessons in there everyone should be aware of!
To Kill a Mockingbird
“To Kill a Mockingbird” is a story depicting the injustice and prejudice of Alabama in the 1930’s through the childhood of Scout and Jem. In the novel, the small town of Maycomb, Alabama is divided; Blacks and whites, prevailing racism, and those that are ignorant and those that aren’t. When a black man is accused of raping a white woman, all hell breaks lose and we watch how the town handles the trial. Various events in the novel shaped their character and taught them about human nature.
Not only is this book a classic, but also it is intense, captivating, and absolutely worth a visit! Who doesn’t like a story filled with innocence, love, sympathy, and history!
“Animal Farm” is about a dream that animals have to live together with no human beings to control and oppress them. Once their dream becomes a reality, everything begins to change. At first, the farm prospered and all the animals were happy. However, before too long, power and greed took over, making the farm the very thing they were trying to escape from the humans. In a sense, the animals were becoming more and more like humans.
“Animal Farm” illustrates how social classes with a common enemy may become internally divided when their enemy is eliminated. In a nutshell, Animal Farm is depicting human society.
This is a quick read, but a fascinating story. Good for kids and adults!