Synopsis: "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife." So begins Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen's witty comedy of manners - one of the most popular novels of all time - that features splendidly civilized sparring between the proud Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet the prejudiced as they play out their spirited courtship in a series of eighteenth-century drawing-room intrigues.
Why This Is A Favorite: I've loved this book ever since I first read it in a college literature class. It's my kind of love story: simple, sweet, and romantic. There's something about the writing and the plot that I absolutely adore, and my edition has additional historical background information regarding marriage, wealth, and a woman's standing in society, which makes it even more interesting for me. It's a wonderful story, with wonderful characters.
Synopsis: In the novel, Siddhartha, a young man, leaves his family for a contemplative life, then, restless, discards it for one of the flesh. He conceives a son, but bored and sickened by lust and greed, moves on again. Near despair, Siddhartha comes to a river where he hears a unique sound. This sound signals the true beginning of his life - the beginning of suffering, rejection, peace, and, finally, wisdom.
Why This Is A Favorite: I first read this as a child, and it had a huge impact on me then. When I read it again as an adult, it made me cry and appreciate life all the more. It's a truly beautiful book. Even the translation is poetic, and the philosophy is heartwarming. I strongly recommend it.
Synopsis: The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning movie, also a classic.
Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior - to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into ten languages, regional this story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.
Why This Is A Favorite: I've read this book at least 3 times, and it just gets better and better in the re-telling! The writing style is beautiful and sad, and the characters have an incredible amount of depth to them. It's a wonderful tale of innocence, courage, and perspective; it had a huge impact on me as a child, and made me cry as an adult. A lovely, bittersweet story
Synopsis: In the desolate, frozen wilds of northwest Canada, White Fang, a part-dog, part-wolf cub soon finds himself the sole survivor of a litter of five. In his lonely world, he soon learned to follow the harsh law of the North-kill or be killed. But nothing in his young life prepared him for the cruelty of the bully Beauty Smith, who buys White Fang from his Indian master and turns him into a vicious killer-a pit dog forced to fight for money. Will White Fang ever know the kindness of a gentle master or he will die a fierce deadly killer? A classic adventure novel detailing the savagery of life in the northern Wilds. Its central character is a ferocious and magnificent creature, through whose experiences we feel the harsh rhythms and patterns of wilderness life among animals and men.
Why This Is A Favorite: I loved this when I was a kid. I love it even more as an adult. It's written in a very good, simple style, and the plot moves at a steady, measured pace. The characters are very well-done, and the symbolism in this story is fantastic. It's a book worthy of book clubs and high school English classes.