Whatever shall we do?
What can we do when we’re stuck at home in a winter storm (other than housecleaning – ugh!)? Read, of course!
I’ve told you about books I love that you probably wouldn’t guess I’d like. I’ve written about my childhood reads. Now – ta da! – here are some of my favorite teen reads:
A Tale of Two Cities
The Count of Monte Cristo
Pride and Prejudice (right?)
All of Victoria Holt’s books
I’ll grant you that Dickens is an acquired taste, and Les Miserables, Adam Bede, and Silas Marner are downers, but it takes all sorts of vegetables to make a good stew.
Victoria Holt is not deep or hard to understand. Those books are clean, Gothic romance. So many governesses falling in love with the Lords of the Manor! Just the thing to stimulate a teen girl’s imagination without delving into dirt. Both my daughters read each of them.
All of these titles, with the exception of the Holt books, have been made into films, and Les Miserables is a Broadway hit. The musical scores for “Les Miserables” and “Phantom of the Opera” are brilliant and memorable.
So, if you don’t want to take down the Christmas tree yet, read one of these books or watch the movie adaptations.