Books I Want Young People to Read

Posted November 14, 2017 by Brin in Memes, Top Ten Tuesday / 2 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is an awesome meme hosted by the lovely folks @ The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is top ten:

Books I Want Young People to Read

This is a rather interesting topic – what books would I want to encourage young people to read? There are so many choices it’s actually going to be hard to limit it to just ten but I will give it my best shot! I have posted similar topics herehere and here if you are interested. 😉

1. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

This is an obvious one since The Lord of the Rings is my favourite book. The Hobbit is the precursor to that epic tale so it definitely deserves a spot on this list. I wish more young people would read more fantasy full stop but this is definitely the book I would recommend to get them started. | Goodreads

2. The Witches by Roald Dahl

It was a close call between this and Matilda but The Witches wins for being so delightfully perverse and wickedly funny. It’s also surprisingly scary considering it is a book for children. | Goodreads

3. Watership Down by Richard Adams

I have mentioned before how much this book means to me. It is one of my favourites and definitely one I would encourage young people to read. | Goodreads

4. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

I don’t know exactly how many times I have read this book but trust me – it’s a lot! This is such a classic tale and one I would implore young people to seek out. | Goodreads

5. The Princess and the Goblin by George Macdonald

The Princess and the Goblin is such a beautiful little book. Anything I could say would not do it justice at all. It’s a crying shame it is not more well-known. | Goodreads

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6. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

C’mon, there was no way this book wasn’t making this list! I have long been enraptured by Wonderland and I don’t see that stopping any time soon. | Goodreads

7. The Snow Spider by Jenny Nimmo

I’ve always loved this story. I remember watching the BBC adaptation when I was a child and then picking up the trilogy of books at a school book fair (remember those?) | Goodreads

8. The Borrowers by Mary Norton

Such a charming story, I loved these books when I was younger so would definitely recommend them to younger readers. | Goodreads

9. Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome

These books always make me think of adventures so they are perfect for young readers. I very much enjoyed reading them as a youngster. | Goodreads

10. The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle

The Last Unicorn is full of magic and wonder. The story just capture’s a young person’s imagination and takes them on an other-worldly journey. | Goodreads

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