Books You Should Read BEFORE Going to College

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

“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!

Young Adult Books Are Great to Read

Young adult books are some of the best books. These books are the ones which are written for young adults who are between the ages 12 and 16. What’s special about these books is that they still have the innocent childish affect children’s books have and also have this new extra maturity to them.

Most children’s books are written in a very safe way, without making them sound too scary, so as to not give them nightmares. But when they reach the young adult age children become more curious and want to find out all about things they haven’t explored before. This is when they start reading young adult books which help them discover themselves better. The other reason why they read these books is that their parents, who stopped them from reading these scary books, now feel that they are old enough and buy them copies of these books.

Some popular fiction books that belong to this age group are “Twilight”, “Harry Potter”, “Eragon”, etc. They have sold millions of copies and continue to sell many more copies every year. “Harry Potter” and “Eragon” come under the most popular book genre Fantasy and this has been the reason for their success.

Twilight has been successful because vampire fiction is a favourite among readers. There is a demand for vampire fiction books and many authors have started writing a lot of vampire fiction books recently, which have done really well. Some good vampire fiction books are Dracula and Fevre Dream.

Just because these books are called young adult books and written for young adults, it doesn’t mean that they are supposed to be read by them only. They can actually be read by younger children also. There are many children out there who are ready and confident of reading young adult books like Harry potter and they enjoy reading them.

You are also never too old to read these books either. These books can be enjoyed by adults too. This is because when a book is well written anybody will enjoy reading them.

It also doesn’t mean that young adults should only read these books and no other books. They should be allowed to read any book they want to. If they feel they are ready to read difficult books that are written for adults they should be allowed and if they enjoy reading picture books that are written for children they should be allowed to read them too.

So if your child wants to read a book that doesn’t belong to their age category you should allow them to read it, as it’s not the age that is important, it’s the knowledge they gain, that’s important. You could also read the book before hand and make sure that its age appropriate, before you give it to them to read.

A Handful Of Good Books For Young Adults

There are tons of good books for young adults to be found. It is true that not many reach the superstar success of Harry Potter or Twilight, but the young adult genre is competitive and ever-growing, and there are many best-selling novels that you may not hear about. The authors and books suggested in this article are just a few of very many. Each is unique, original, entertaining and well-written, and has a big (and growing) fan-base.

The Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer defies genre, and is smart, funny and slick besides. A child genius and criminal prodigy, young Artemis Fowl is the heir to the Fowl criminal empire. A dab hand at devious plots and a connoisseur of electronics and cutting edge tech, Artemis discovers the existence of fairies and hatches a plot to ransom one for the legendary pot of gold. Things get hairy when the victim turns out to be LEP Recon Officer Holly Short – a pixie that just happens to be an elite law enforcement agent.

Colfer has grabbed the imagination of millions with this superb blend of slick action, gadgets to make even Q green with envy, well-conceived and -developed characters, classic fantasy elements and witty, smart narrative. The novels have been made into graphic novels and there is a film in development.

Inkheart, Inkspell and Inkdeath – The three books in the Inkworld series by Cornelia Funke – are captivating. Maggie and her father Mo, a book-binder, have always shared a love of reading, but her experience of adventure is limited to the page. When weird – and sometimes too-familiar – characters start popping into their lives, Mo packs Maggie into their car and they skip town, and Maggie starts to suspect that her ‘average’ dad is anything but. She is correct – Mo is a Silvertongue, possessed of the magical ability to read things out of their stories and into the ‘real’ world. Trouble is, he has no control over what comes out, and for everything that comes out, something from the real world has to go in.

Pursued by a motley crew of villains trying to destroy ‘Inkheart’ – The book they escaped and the same book that Mo’s wife disappeared into years ago. Brendan Fraser plays Mo in the recent hit movie adaptation of Inkheart.

Any list of good reads for young adults (however brief) cannot omit the genius of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books or the dark mastery of Neil Gaiman. Read anything written by either master for a fantastic experience – if you are undecided, opt for the superb novel Good Omens, which they wrote together. Movie-fans will recognize Gaiman’s name from the movies Coraline and Stardust – both adapted from his novels. Terry Pratchett’s name should also ring a bell – the Discworld has inspired films, TV-shows, comics and video games.

The task of writing a complete list of ‘good books for young adults’ is herculean – there are too many to choose from. The best way to find books, though, is to read books – go to the library, your preferred bookstore or website, and start turning pages: the perfect fantastic world is out there waiting for you to jump in.