We’re celebrating Teen Read Week by looking back at some of our favorite books we read as teens.
Miriam’s Staff Pick:
Lady Sings the Blues by Billie Holiday and William Dufty
Lady Sings the Blues is the fiercely honest, no-holds-barred autobiography of Billie Holiday, the legendary jazz, swing, and standards singing sensation.
Kelly’s Staff Pick:
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Perhaps the most haunting and tormented love story ever written, Wuthering Heights is the tale of the troubled orphan Heathcliff and his doomed love for Catherine Earnshaw.
Erica’s Staff Pick:
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
A spellbinding epic tale of ambition, anarchy, and absolute power set against the sprawling medieval canvas of twelfth-century England, this is Ken Follett’s historical masterpiece.
Chelsea’s Staff Pick:
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Anne Brashares
Once there was a pair of pants. Just an ordinary pair of jeans. But these pants, the Traveling Pants, went on to do great things. This is the story of the four friends—Lena, Tibby, Bridget, and Carmen—who made it possible.
Jen’s Staff Pick:
Lucifer’s Hammer by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
The gigantic comet had slammed into Earth, forging earthquakes a thousand times too powerful to measure on the Richter scale, tidal waves thousands of feet high. Cities were turned into oceans; oceans turned into steam. It was the beginning of a new Ice Age and the end of civilization. But for the terrified men and women chance had saved, it was also the dawn of a new struggle for survival–a struggle more dangerous and challenging than any they had ever known . . .
Elizabeth’s Staff Pick:
Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
When eleven-year-old Anne Shirley arrives at Green Gables with nothing but a carpetbag and an overactive imagination, she knows that she has found her home. But first she must convince the Cuthberts to let her stay, even though she isn’t the boy they’d hoped for. The loquacious Anne quickly finds her way into their hearts, as she has with generations of readers, and her charming, ingenious adventures in Avonlea, filled with colorful characters and tender escapades, linger forever in our memories.
Maureen’s Staff Pick:
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
One of the greatest novels ever written, Crime and Punishment takes the reader on a journey into the darkest recesses of the criminal and depraved mind, and exposes the soul of a man possessed by both good and evil. It is a powerful psychological study, terrifying murder mystery, and fascinating detective thriller rolled all into one and written by one of the most influential writers of world literature.