Books are the best company to keep. On weekends when you have no plan or anybody you want to socialize with, the best way to keep yourself occupied is reading books. A cup of coffee along with a good book to read is the best thing to do in this weather. Here are certain books every young adult should read –
1. The Catcher In The Rye
Known as one of the Great American novels, J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher In The Rye is a Bildungsroman masterpiece. Revolving around the life of Holden Caulfield, following his life growth from a teenager to young adult, dealing with issues like teen angst, love, revolution and fight against self, The Catcher In The Rye is one of the best novels you could read. Also, there’s a lot of interesting trivia around the novel that you could read after finishing it.
2. To Kill A Mockingbird
Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird is a Pulitzer Prize winning novel that has become a classic of modern literature. Dealing with serious issues of rape and racial injustice, the novel is known for its warmth and humour. The protagonist, Atticus Finch has become a moral hero who leaves a huge impact in the minds of the readers. To Kill A Mockingbird addresses a lot of issues like gender role, innocence, love nd compassion. This should definitely be on your ‘must read’ list.
3. The Alchemist
Paula Coelho has always been a master of storytelling. The Alchemist is a beautiful story about Santiago and his dreams, and how the world conspired to make it happen for him because he really wanted something. The beautiful story, the writing and the end is something that will stay with you for a long time. As a young adult, you’ll be able to relate with Santiago a lot. With a simple yet charming narrative, this book is one you should definitely read.
4. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is another novel that follows the life on a young adult finding it difficult to adjust to the environment around him. There are many internal and external conflicts that Stephen Dedalus goes through, which lead to the religious and intellectual awakening of him. A story of rebel and revolution, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man will make you question the world and the way it works.
5. Jane Eyre
Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre is a classic novel in English literature. Following the story of the titular character, Jane Eyre belongs to the Bildungsroman genre of novels. It focuses on the moral and spiritual sensibility of Jane, and explores classism, sexuality, religion and proto-feminism. Charlotte Bronte uncovers the tale beautifully, and is often considered as a writer quite ahead of her time. As a female, you’ll relate to Jane quite a lot of times.
Which one are you planning to start?