Monday, 6 May 2019

Books I want youth to discover


Now this was an interesting one from Long and Short Reviews. I’m not sure I’m seasoned enough to be telling youth what to read (and slightly depressed that I no longer count as youth). However,  I can think of a few books that could potentially go overlooked...

·         The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – Anne Bronte. Anne is my favourite Bronte sister but often gets forgotten in favour of Charlotte and Emily, even though this book was a bestseller in its day and considered shocking for its views on religion and marriage. I was very proud to work on adapting this one for the Clandestine Classics line, although I would certainly recommend reading the original first.

·         Emma – Jane Austen. Again “Pride and Prejudice” tends to be the one people think of first, but I have always preferred “Emma” for its wit, wordplay and narrative style. And frankly, while I love Mr Darcy, I’d still take Mr Knightley any day.

·         The Sherlock Holmes series – Arthur Conan Doyle. Okay, not just one book, but having met a teenager recently who had no idea that Sherlock Holmes existed outside of Benedict Cumberbatch, I think these deserve mentioning. I’ve read a lot of continuations of the series by various writers, but nothing tops the original stories.

So what do you think the youth of today should discover?

14 comments:

  1. You can't go wrong with Jane Austen. And, Sherlock Holmes! Classics! Good choices. My post is here: http://www.mariannearkins.com/wednesday-weekly-blogging-challenge-books-i-want-youth-to-discover/.

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    1. They're definitely what I should have been reading as a teen.

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  2. I like the list. You're right. Kids/Teens should be reading those books. Great job!

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    1. And preferably before teachers get hold of them - I had friends study Austen at school and hate it.

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  3. Sherlock Holmes is a great choice! His stories are timeless.

    My post.

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  4. I like your list, different and yet great.

    Here's mine: https://www.ourtownbookreviews.com/2019/05/books-i-want-youth-to-discover.html

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  5. I love Emma... and now have Anne Bronte's book on my TBR list. Agreed...can't go wrong with Holmes if you are at all interested in mysteries. Loved his analytical mind. My post is here: https://jhthomas.blogspot.com/2019/05/wednesday-weekly-blogging-challenge_8.html

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    1. Any Bronte is good for me, but Anne will always be my favourite.

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  6. I loved Emma, but I've never read the other two.
    ::Adds more things to the list::

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  7. Ohh, great suggestions! Sherlock was fantastic. I think I read Emma and I'll have to check out the Bronte one.

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