20 Books One Should Read Before Age 16
Canadianfamily.ca has a list of 20 books they think you should read before age 16. Some of them I agree with wholeheartedly – To Kill a Mockingbird (a matter-of-fact, beautifully written and engaging look at childhood, injustice and tolerance), Maus (an important historical abomination made accessible and understandable through a new medium), and the Harry Potter books, in particular (creative, fun, valuable lessons of friendship and courage). But some of them I’m not so sure of. To be honest (and I realize this is probably something that reflects poorly on me), I’ve always thought I would have benefited more from reading Animal Farm, had I done so at a later age. I found the whole thing pretty boring and confusing when I read it, and I was about 14. I read Nineteen Eighty-Four much later at age 20 or so, and loved it. It went on to become one of my favourite books. And I actually found Go Ask Alice, intriguing enough to sound glamorous when I read it as a young teenager, even the parts after everything has gone wrong. Drama at times appeals to the adolescent mind.