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!

10 Reasons to Read Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Over the four years since I first read this book, I have recommended Ender’s Game to nearly a dozen people, and no one who has read it has been disappointed. No matter your age or taste in books, you’ll find something to like in Orson Scott Card’s classic.

10 Reasons to Read Ender’s Game

1. Read the Book Before Seeing the Movie

The movie adaptation of Ender’s Game is set to open on November 1, 2013. As any slightly-uppity critic will tell you, you want to read the book before you see the movie.

2. Consider This Your Intro to Science Fiction

Even though good science fiction is one of my favorite genres, I don’t recommend sci-fi to almost anyone. I recognize that it isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Ender, however, is not your typical sci-fi novel. When she married me, Rachel had a very negative opinion of science fiction, and I can’t say that’s changed just yet. But she greatly appreciated Ender’s Game and plans to read the sequels some day.

Even if you don’t love science fiction, you’ll appreciate Orson Scott Card’s masterful writing, and the characters will keep you intrigued throughout.

3. This Book is Far More Than Young Adult Lit

Before “young adult” existed as a genre, Card popularized the child hero. Now, adolescent protagonists like Harry Potter and Katniss Everdeen are seen as the norm; think about it – how many enormously-popular best sellers have adult main characters?

As a predecessor to young adult lit, Ender’s Game does not suffer from the genre’s weaknesses. Its characters are more realistic than most in the genre, and the writing does not pander to the uneducated. This is a book about children, but it is written for adults.

4. This Book Has an Enormous Depth of Thought

Speaking of this book as a contrast to most young adult lit, how many young adult novels have spawned dozens of books and essays analyzing the philosophical, military, and life lessons in their pages? Ender’s Game has that distinction, with Ender’s World the latest in a series of books analyzing Card’s masterpiece.

In Ender’s World, well-known authors and thinkers take the reader in-depth into how Ender’s Game influenced their thinking. The authors who credit Card with influencing their development include military commanders, television producers, and best-selling writers. That diversity speaks to how much Ender’s Game has to offer in terms of food for thought.

5. You Will Return to this Book Time and Again

Believe me, as soon as you finish this book, you’ll begin to consider reading it again. This story is that good, and your first reading won’t be enough. The common experience of Ender readers is a deep itch to reread this book, and often on more than one occasion.

6. Reading This Book Will Open a Whole New Series to You

If you end up liking Ender’s Game, you will be happy to learn that nearly a dozen sequels are out there. In my study, I have an entire shelf devoted to Orson Scott Card’s novels, and there are still times when visiting book stores that I find new books or collections of his essays. Unlike series that begin and end far too quickly, Ender’s Game is the beginning of a substantially-long series.

7. This Story is a Great Metaphor for Life

This point is a topic for another post, but Ender’s Game is a story that serves as a perfect analogy for so many aspects of life. I don’t think Card wrote this book to be a metaphor for anything, but nearly everyone can see parts of their life reflected in the story. After you’ve read Ender, you’ll find your mind returning to it time and again.

8. This is a Great Conversation Starter

As I mentioned above, Ender’s Game is a story that appeals across ages, sexes, and backgrounds. So whenever the topic of books comes up in conversation, you’ll be amazed at how many people know and love this book. I place Ender on a short list of books I think everyone should read for cultural literacy if no other reason.

9. Check Out the Amazon Rating

In case you doubt me, take a look at the user ratings on Amazon. At the time of this writing, Ender’s Game has 3,868 reviews on Amazon, and 2,976 of those are 5-star ratings. Overall, the book enjoys a 4.6-star rating – an astounding average. (For a comparison, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone has a 4.7 rating.)

10. Everyone Likes a Good Novel

No matter how rarely you read and no matter how little free time you have, you can always find a few minutes where a quick fiction story is a welcome treat. Whether it’s waiting for a doctor’s appointment or those few minutes before you fall asleep at night, you can always find time to read.

Even if you’re not persuaded by all nine other reasons, read Ender’s Game for fun. Read it for pleasure. Take this book on your next vacation, or read it during your lunch break to feel like you’re on vacation. You’ll thank me.

So there you have it, my 10 reasons to read Ender’s Game. What would you add to my list?

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.