This week's topic: Top Ten Books Every Teen Should Read
Just a note - I know very few "fellow teens" who read the books that I do, so I am not sure if this list fits them. In the end, everyone just has to find their own favourite reads. This is the books I'd recommend to anyone who asks, mostly because I read them as a teenager or I wish I had, anyway!
10. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank - I was thirteen when I read this, and I didn't like it. But many of my friends loved it back then, and say it's "okay" now. It's a book that everyone should read at least once, sure, but you'd better read it early if you want to enjoy it!
9. Malgudi Days by R. K. Narayan - I don't read much Indian fiction, but this one I'd recommend in a heartbeat. It's a collection of short stories in the fictional town of Malgudi in India. It's a wonderful book! Anyone who grew up in India in the 90s has seen the television series based on this book, and reading the stories when you're older makes you realize the depth behind the humour!
8. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand - For the relatively older teens. It may not be the best book on the planet - trust me, I know - but I think everyone should read it at least once.
7. Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger - So. I didn't like this book. I really didn't, but I know tonnes of people who would and whom I'd recommend it to. I am not sorry that I read it, that's for sure. According to my friend, it is a perfect read for an older-ish teenager and it probably is.
6. Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkein - I still have one year to go before I am not a teenager anymore and I will have read this by the end of it. I'm sure of that. I am not going to mention the Harry Potter series here, because there is no need to wait till you're a teen to read it!
5. Life of Pi by Yann Martel - I read Life of Pi in high school and it is still one of my favourite books! The excitement and adventure combined with a bit of serious talk about religion and stuff and lots of humour, makes it just right for teens.
4 & 3. Neil Gaiman & Stephen King - So, I am not naming a book because it can be any one, really. It is just 'required' that every teen read at least one Neil Gaiman and one Stephen King book before they turn twenty!
2. The Chronicles of Chrestomanci by Diana Wynne Jones - Or Howl's Moving Castle. Or any of her books, really. I wish I'd read them when I was thirteen and in high school and too obsessed with Harry Potter to read anything else!
1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - Not that this is a book for a specific age group, but I think it'll be a good change for a thirteen year old who thinks it is finally time to stop reading murder mysteries and all that!