Sunday, November 15, 2015

Thankful for Books!

Did you know it's American Education Week?  November 16-20 presents all Americans with a wonderful opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference.

...Which got me thinking about books, of course.  Especially the ones I read in school that helped shape my soul and made me the lifelong reader I am today.

Books do so many things.  They engage, entertain, enthrall....But there is that special list everyone has - the ones that spoke directly to your adolescent spirit and stayed with you forever.

Here's my list of "literary soul-shapers."  What's yours?

Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger

The Outsiders – S.E. Hinton

Where the Sidewalk Ends – Shel Silverstein

Lord of the Flies – William Golding

To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston

Romeo and Juliet – William Shakespeare

Assorted short stories and poems – Edgar Allan Poe

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain

“Books may well be the only true magic.” - Alice Hoffman