Books that may change your life !
1. Little Women 1686
In picturesque 19th-century New England of the US, the 4 March sisters – tomboyish Jo, beautiful Meg, fragile Beth, and romantic Amy – come of age while their father is off to war.
My copy of this is probably 55 years old – I’ve probably read it at least 25 times. This is a story of a family that functioned in a particular way in a particular time. – Reader Corrie
This book is so great. It has characters every girl could ever relate to. – Reader Martha
“Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents,” grumbled Jo, lying on the rug. “It’s so dreadful to be poor!” sighed Meg, looking down at her old dress. “I don’t think it’s fair for some girls to have plenty of pretty things, and other girls nothing at all,” added little Amy, with an injured sniff. “We’ve got Father and Mother, and each other,” said Beth contentedly from her corner.
“Right, Jo; better be happy old maids than unhappy wives, or unmaidenly girls, running about to find husbands,” said Mrs March decidedly.
2. Harriet the Spy 1964
Harriet M. Welsch is a spy. In her notebook, she writes down everything she knows about everyone, even her classmates and her best friends. Then Harriet loses track of her notebook, and it ends up in the wrong hands. Before she can stop them, her friends have read the always truthful, sometimes awful things she’s written about each of them. Will Harriet find a way to put her life and her friendships back together?
When I read “Harriet the Spy” in 5th grade, I was taken by Harriet’s habit of wandering, observing and writing. – Reader Jamie
She has to rank competitively with the greatest literary characters of all time – so spunky, so misunderstood, so maligned by her peers. – Reader Griffin
[Harriet] hated math. She hated math with every bone in her body. She spent so much time hating it that she never had time to do it.
Sometimes you have to lie. But to yourself you must always tell the truth.
3. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy 1979
Join the book’s hero, Arthur Dent, as he travels the galaxy with his intrepid pal Ford Prefect, getting into horrible messes and wreaking hilarious havoc. Dent is grabbed from Earth moments before a cosmic construction team obliterates the planet to build a freeway.
You’ll never read funnier science fiction. – Amazon.com
I think that one of the things that one has to keep in mind while reading this book is that it was written in 1979. – Reader Alejandro
“I don’t want to die now!” he yelled. “I’ve still got a headache! I don’t want to go to heaven with a headache!”
The President of the Universe holds no real power. His sole purpose is to take attention away from where the power truly exists.
“What do you get if you multiply six by nine?” “Six by nine. 42.”"That’s it. That’s all there is.” “I always thought something was fundamentally wrong with the universe.”
The ultimate answer to life, the universe and everything is…42!
4. Sirena 1998
When mermaid Sirena and her sisters sing their siren songs to the sailors on their way to the Trojan War, the men crash their ships upon the rocks. There is one survivor. Sirena defies the goddess Hera by tending his wounds and soon the two are deeply in love. But does Philoctetes love Sirena’s song, or her soul? And will the pull of honor prove stronger than the bond of love?
Rather than pandering to younger readers, she poured out a poignant tale with the most beautiful language. The lesson was also unforgettable: Don’t change yourself for anyone. – Reader Ashley
The story is lovely, but the ending is very sad. I recommend it to anyone of any age. – Reader Sookie
I feel the stars. Each sparkle sets aflame the pain in my heart.
I want so much to sing, I tell myself no. But it is so hard to keep from singing.
5. The Chocolate War 1947
Jerry Renault ponders the question on the poster: Do I dare disturb the universe? Refusing to sell chocolates in the annual school fund-raiser may not seem like a radical thing to do. But when Jerry challenges a secret school society called The Vigils, his defiant act turns into an all-out war.
It’s a powerful lesson about standing by what you believe in, even if you must do so alone. – Reader Kat
The world is evil and there’s nothing you can do about it. Trying to fight against it is the most important thing you can do. – Robert Cormier, author of this book
He hated to think of his own life stretching ahead of him that way, a long succession of days and nights that were fine – not good, not bad, not great, not lousy, not exciting, not anything.
It doesn’t matter how big the body, it’s what you do with it.
6. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret 1970
Margaret Simon, almost 12, has just moved from New York City to the suburbs, and she’s anxious to fit in with her new friends. When she’s asked to join a secret club she jumps at the chance. But when the girls start talking about boys, bras, Margaret starts to wonder if she’s normal. There are some things about growing up that are hard for her to talk about, even with her friends. Lucky for Margaret, she’s got someone else to confide in.
This is the ultimate book that every female, whatever her age, should read at least once. – Reader Crystal
Are you there God? It’s me, Margaret. I just told my mother I want a bra. Please help me grow God.