In today’s world of shifting notions of what does or does not make a classic, and people steer clear of Jane Austen, Shakespeare, or Mary Shelley, it’s refreshing to see an article which tries to bring that back to teens (but, really, everyone).
“I think that there are characters that it would be a shame not to meet like Atticus Finch in ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ or Holden Caulfield in ‘The Catcher in the Rye'” said Misha Stone, Reader Services Librarian at The Seattle Public Library. “I borrow from what world-renowned librarian Nancy Pearl says, and I will paraphrase here — everyone has a different definition of what would be considered a classic, but there are also books that it would be a shame to go through life not reading. There are books that speak to the human condition and the world we live (and lived) in in astonishing, thought-provoking, and life-changing ways.”
Read each book on this list. I need to finally sit down and read The Fountainhead, but I can whole-heartedly recommend Anthem in its stead.