In continuation of “Take Me Away,” growing up I had the privilege of reading many thought-provoking books. I took from stories that I believed were edifying and meaningful, no matter the genre. There was no such thing as a “pointless” book to me. I valued each author’s style, growing to realize the literary nuances that made books great. Below is a brief list of books and my takeaway as a youth:
- James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl- James, my hero. Period.
- The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia) by C.S. Lewis-Self sacrifice is the ultimate sacrifice.
- Diadem series by John Peel-In a world full of fantasy, anything is possible.
- Sweet Valley High series by Francine Pascal-Sibling love: unbreakable, enduring, and undying.
- Gal: A True Life by Ruthie Mae Bolton-Cruelty at worse, triumph at best.
- Do They Hear You When You Cry by Fauziya Kassindja-There is still hope in humanity.
- Beloved by Toni Morrison-The power of a mother’s love is unbreakable.
As a parent, I pride myself on introducing age-appropriate classics to my children such as Goodnight Moon, Where the Wild Things Are, The Snowy Day, Green Eggs and Ham, etc. I am sure they will thank me later.
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