10 Books Every Girl Should Read

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5. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens – I have to thank my Freshmen (and Junior and Senior) English teacher, Belinda Westfall, for introducing me to Pip.  Again, this could be considered a “boy’s book,” but it’s just not.  It’s just a good book to read and can introduce someone to other works by Dickens besides A Christmas Carol.  There are so many things to gleam from this tome.  Pip learning not to be ashamed of Joe Gargery is just one.  Also there is so much to learn about social class and ambition.  Also, I honestly just loved when Miss Haviham’s dress caught on fire.

See also David Copperfield by Charles Dickens.

4. The Little Women Series by Louisa May Alcott – First of all, what we all know as Little Women is actually two books, Little Women and Good Wives.   Ah, the lives of the March girls are certainly interesting.  Everyone of course loves Jo the best, and we’re supposed to.  I liked Beth as well, and hated that she died.  I always wished Amy had died.  Amy was just a spoiled brat to me, but anyway…  Each of the four sisters is her own person, and they’re best that way.  I wish my relationship with my sister could have been more like that of the March sisters.

See also Little Men and Jo's Boys.

3. Any book by Jane Austen

Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Mansfield Park, and Persuasion.  They are all worth reading, because Jane Austen was Tine Fey two hundred years before Tina Fey was Tina Fey.  The wit at times just seeps through the pages.  I am a huge fan of intelligent humor, and it’s refreshing to know that it wasn’t invented in the 1990’s.  Who needs a Disney princess when you have the wit of Elizabeth Bennet, the romanticism of Marianne Woodhouse, and the goodness of Anne Elliot?  Who needs Edward Cullen when you have Fitzwilliam Darcy?

2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – Scout.  The poor girl never had a chance to be anything but a tomboy being raised by her widowed father and older brother.  Yet, we love her tomboyishness, her fighting in school, and her innocent look at the very adult, real events happening in the book.  I hope to be a parent like Atticus Finch, standing up for what is right, being a role model for my daughter through my actions and not just my words.  I just love the way Harper Lee puts things together from talking about the different denominations of churches to having Jem explain that the Egyptians invented toilet paper.  Also though, there’s the discovery of the world and loss of innocence that Jem and Scout go through that is amazing to have revealed before our eyes, all the while knowing that Atticus would be there when they “waked up.”

1.  The Anne of Green Gables Series  by Lucy Maud Montgomery – This has to be my favorite series of books.  I probably have read each book countless times.  You can’t stop with the first book, and even if you finish the series with Rilla of Ingleside, you’ll want more. I know that I did.  I started reading and eventually writing fanfiction based on the AoGG series.  I met some very wonderful friends that way, believe it or not.  Everyone wants to be Anne, always getting into scrapes but still succeeding in life.  The growth from the little orphan in book one to the mother of children going off to the First World War is a spectacular journey.  The best books are IMHO Anne of Green Gables, Anne of the Island, Anne’s House of Dreams, and Rilla of Ingleside.  As an adult, Anne’s House of Dreams is especially real to me.  PS, DON'T watch any of the Kevin Sullivan Movies after the second one! See also all other works by Lucy Maud Montgomery.<

What do you think?  Do you have any to add?



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